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Cool Fukuoka

CoolFukuoka

Bringing you fantastic Fukuoka through the eyes of foreigners living in the Prefecture and the fun places they want their family and friends from throughout the world to come and visit.

Dazaifu Area

Dazaifu is a tourist city located in central Fukuoka Prefecture. It has a long history, being the location of the Dazaifu Government Offices which governed Kyushu for five centuries from 1300 years ago. The name Dazaifu is recorded in the “Nihon Shoki” (The Chronicles of Japan: the second oldest book of classical Japanese history) in the year 671. Today the history of Dazaifu can be visited at the Dazaifu Government Offices site, the Mizuki site, the Onojo Castle site and the Kanzeonji Temple. Every year examinees flock to the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine to pray. It is an area which has many popular places and sites to visit.

The Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Sando (Starbucks)

The Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is a popular destination for tourists from both at home and abroad. The arcade leading to the shrine (Sando in Japanese) is lined with stores selling souvenirs or the famous umegae mochi rice cakes and is packed with tourists every day. But there is one shop that really catches the eye. The American-culture café Starbucks’ Dazaifu Sando store was designed by famous Japanese architect Kuma Kengo using natural materials which blend in with the local environment, and is a perfect fit for Dazaifu. The traditional matrix of wooden beams makes for a modern design, spicing up the look of the street.

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The Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Sando (Starbucks)
  (3-2-43 Saifu Dazaifu-shi)

Komyozenji Temple

A senior of mine who visited Japan told me of the Komyozenji Temple, a place where you can feel the beauty of a traditional Japanese garden in every season. The unique Japanese method of karesansui (dry landscape), or not using water to express landscape is quite famous. The front garden has stones arranged in the shape of the Chinese character 光 (hikari/ko = light). The back garden has moss depicting the continent and islands, and white pebbles depicting the sea. It may be better to just go and let your imagination wander without knowing what is represented by the pebbles and moss.

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Komyozenji Temple
  (2-16-1 Saifu Dazaifu-shi)

Kamado Shrine

The Kamado Shrine is located at the entrance to the hiking path of the sacred mountain Homanzan, and boasts 1350 years of history. It is currently known as enshrining the deity of matchmaking. The talisman building which was built in 2012 was designed by a world renowned interior designer. The rich green surroundings in the shrine has a unique aura. It may not be your idea of typical Japanese shrine, but still has a traditional feel with its modern space. Come visit this mystical place.

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Kamado Shrine
  (883 Uchiyama Dazaifu-shi)

This Shinto ritual recreates a game played at the shrine during the Heian period (9C – 12C). People dressed in colorful Heian dress such as the Junihitoe (12-layer) kimono sit along a water channel and must compose waka poems before the next sake cup floats past them along the channel. They then drink the sake and float it along to the next person. There is spectator seating but it fills up quickly so it is best to arrive early.

【Date】

First Sunday of March annually

【Venue】

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Bunshokan

【Enquiry】

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Office (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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