Fukuoka's Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is built on the gravesite of Sugawara no Michizane, who was a talented scholar and poet. As a result of this, the shrine has become a spot for students to pray for success with their studies and exams. One thing I noticed on my visit was the large number of school groups that were visiting the site for field trips.
The walk up to the shrine is along a shopping street that offers up plenty of souvenirs and stores selling tasty eats and drinks. If you need a caffeine fix, there's also a uniquely designed Starbucks, or some mom-and-pop style tea houses to enjoy.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is located a short walk from Dazaifu Station on the Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line.
From central Fukuoka, take the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta Line from Nishitetsu-Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station to Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station. Once you're there, transfer to the Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line and get off at Dazaifu.
Buses are also available from the Hakata Bus Terminal direct to Dazaifu.
If you are visiting via private vehicle, parking is available at the site.
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