Top Choice Museum in Dazaifu

Kyūshū National Museum

Built into the tranquil hills of Dazaifu and reached through more escalators than the average airport, this striking structure (built in 2005) resembles a massive space station for the arts. One of the best (if not …
Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Dazaifu


Poet-scholar Sugawara-no-Michizane was a distinguished Kyoto figure until his exile to distant Dazaifu, where he died two years later. He became deified as Tenman Tenjin, god of culture and scholars. Among the count…
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Tachiarai Heiwa Kinenkan

Expanded in 2009, Tachiarai Heiwa Kinenkan shows the rigorous training Japanese fighter pilots endured. English signage is basic, but the artefacts are evocative (uniforms, medals, gold-plated sake cups etc). The ce…
Museum in Dazaifu

Kankō Historical Museum

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Daizifu Tenman-gū Museum

Buddhist Temple in Dazaifu


Secreted away on the southern edge of Dazaifu, this small temple has an exquisite jewel of a Zen garden. It's a peaceful contrast to the crowds at the nearby shrine.
Monastery in Dazaifu


Across town, nestled among rice paddies and reachable by bus (¥100), Kaidan-in dates from 761 and was one of the most important Buddhist ordination monasteries in Japan.
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Exhibition Hall

Buddhist Temple in Dazaifu


Adjacent to the monastery, this temple dates from 746 but only the great bell (said to be Japan's oldest) remains from the original construction. Its treasure hall has an impressive collection of statuary, most of i…
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Dazaifu Exhibition Hall

Dazaifu Exhibition Hall displays finds from local archaeological excavations. Nearby are the Tofurō ruins (都府楼) of ancient government buildings.Enoki Shrine (榎社) is where Sugawara-no-Michizane died. His body was tra…