Thursday, June 2, 2016

2016 May: Japan: Kyushu: Fukuoka: Dazaifu Shinto Shrine

Dazaifu Tenman-gū (太宰府天満宮) Shinto Shrine
4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu-city, Fukuoka, 818-0195, Japan
Open: 6:00 to 19:00, 6:00 to 20:00 (June to August), 6:30 to 19:00 (winter)
Fees: Free

Dazaifu station is just 2 subway lines away from Hakata, around 40 mins subway travel.  Upon exit, you'll find directions on the floor, maps, and street guides.

Enjoy the old Japanese street (this is closed to vehicles) with lots of restaurant to select from.  Don't miss to take a photo on the uniquely designed Starbucks cafe.  Buy out ceramics and other souvenir on this street. 

Even if you're not a local or a believer, make sure to respect their customs.  Try to follow on washing your hands before entering the shrine grounds.

Enjoy the restaurant inside the temple shrine, as this is over-looking a swamp with  lilies.

Be warned with heavy volume of the visitors.  There is a nearby grade school grounds, so you'll see kids roaming around.  This is also one of those included by the secondary school students.

Apart from the heavy volume of visitors, it's just so sad to see that only few are extending help to this person.  As travelers, hope we could spare some of our coins as we pass by them, wishing guidance for them and for us back to our home countries.