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 …
Adjacent to Kaidan-in, this temple dates from 746, but only the great bell (said to be Japan's oldest) remains from the original construction. Its Exhibition Hall has an impressive collection of statuary, most of it…
The life story of Sugawara-no-Michizane is told here in dioramas using Hakata ningyō (dolls). It's not easy to digest if you're not a Japanese speaker, although an English leaflet provides explanations.
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.
Dazaifu Exhibition Hall displays finds from local archaeological excavations. Nearby are the Tofurō ruins (都府楼) of ancient government buildings.
The display hall is within Kanzeon-ji. Of particular note is the wooden statuary from the 10th and 12th centuries. Many items show Tibetan or Indian influence.
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.
Many of Dazaifu's historical and religious objects are on display here, including some excellent swords.