Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine

Fukuoka, Kyushu

Dazaifu Tenman-gu is in the city of Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture. The shrines sanctuary is said to have been built in 919. In 903 the government official, prominent scholar, and master calligrapher Sugawara Michizane was exiled from Kyoto and died unhappily in Dazaifu. He was buried in the place where the oxcart carrying his body was immobilized, and a shrine was built at that site to his memory. Later, as Kyoto was plagued by disasters, the government interpreted these happenings as the result of a curse placed upon them by the unlucky official. The government therefore nullified his demotion and built a shrine to his memory. Today, many students taking entrance examinations visit the Dazaifu Tenman-gu seeking divine favor from this deity of learning.’


4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka
Admission Fee
Free in the shrine precincts Houmotsu-den (Treasury Hall): 300 yen (regular fee)
[Walk]Nishitetsu Dazaifu Stn./3-min. walk

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