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Centuries of History in Dazaifu

I was looking for a place to visit during my visit to Fukuoka; I stumbled upon Dazaifu when I researched about attractions near the city. It has centuries of history that is worth discovering and exploring.

Centuries of History

Dazaifu was established in the 7th century and was Kyushu's administrative center for more than five centuries. Dazaifu played an important role for the country's diplomacy and organizing its defense. Fast forward to today, it is now a quiet and small city just outside of Fukuoka. It's the ideal day trip for those who visit this part of Japan.

I was fortunate enough to visit Dazaifu in Autumn, for me this season is perfect, because it isn't too cold and the colors are simply beautiful. Many trees turn from their usual green to a fiery red or sun-colored orange.

One of the attractions of Dazaifu is Komyozenji; it is a zen temple of the Rinzai sect of Japan's version of Buddhism. It's founding dates back to Kamakura Period (1192-1333). Its main draws are the two gardens, one in the front and the other in the rear.

There are several Tenmangu Shrines in different parts of Japan, Dazaifu's is one of the most important along with Kyoto's Kitano Tenmangu. These shrines are dedicated to the Heian Period politician and scholar Sugawara Michizane. The latter is popular with students because of his association to Tenjin (a deity of education). Michizane was a talented politician and gained much influence in the imperial court. However, his rise led to rivalries between him and the Fujiwara. This led to Michizane's exile and eventual death a few years later in Dazaifu. The Tenmangu Shrine was built on the location of his grave.

There were cute kids dressed in traditional garb when I was walking around the shrine complex.

There was also a ceremony taking place during my visit.

I was surprised to see a group of school children lining up by the shrine. I asked one of the locals what was the occasion, the reply was that sumo wrestlers were in town.

It was awesome to see sumo wrestlers, but I wasn't able to see any of the matches during my time there, maybe for another trip.

A lot of locals walk around the complex wearing kimonos, maybe they just want to relive the past or just look good for the photos they take?

I tried local food while I was in Dazaifu, this one is called umegaemoti.

I enjoyed this old city; it gave me a sense of the past.

After exploring Dazaifu, you can visit other places. Read more about my trip around Fukuoka and Nagasaki:

How to Get to Dazaifu

The main attractions of the old city are within a kilometer and a half of Dazaifu Station. It's easy to explore the main tourist spots on foot.

You have options when it comes to transportation to Dazaifu, these include:

Nishitetsu Railway

From Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station, board a train bound for Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station. From the latter, transfer trains to the Dazaifu Line, then board one heading to Dazaifu Station.The whole trip takes around 40 minutes and costs Y400.


There are buses that connect Hakata Station with Dazaifu. The ride takes around 45 minutes and costs Y600.


Board a JR Kagoshima Line train from Hakata bound for JR Futsukaichi Station. Once at the station, walk to the Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station, where you can board a Dazaifu Line train bound for Dazaifu Station. The whole trip may last around 40 minutes to an hour and costs Y430.


  1. Very detailed narrative. Im amazed by the excitement of the town knowing that there are summo wrestler!

  2. Ibang level, Japan! pasabit naman sa next trip bro.

  3. The place is so beautiful and rich in history. I heard, the Ramen in Fukuoka are delicious.

    When you're looking for delicious Ramen in Japan, Fukuoka is the place to look for.

  4. I like seeing the leaves change colors during autumn. It would really be nice to visit the temples and appreciate their culture.

  5. First time to encounter this place (which is very tranquil) and the snack you mentioned. I told my bf that if I were to visit Japan, one of my goals is to watch a Sumo match in person. I remember seeing a Japinoy sumo wrestler on TV so I got curious :)

  6. As I read your personal narration on how you're completely satisfied with your trip in this historical place in Japan. However, this is the only worry I have had every time I read a travelogue like this one. It is always described as "perfect". Why? Is there a standard to a particular place which is visited to be considered as "perfect"?

    1. There's no particular standard its just a matter of taste :D

  7. The Borobudur was build in the 9th century. Imagine a tropical kingdom were people mostly lived from agriculture and trade. Most of the land is still jungle with the twin volcanoesCandi Borobudur