Saturday, April 13, 2013

Tenman-gū Shrine Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan : Founded AD 905

Dazaifu Tenman-gū is a Shinto shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. It is built over the grave of Sugawara no Michizane. The shrine's precinct spans over 3,000 acres (12 km2) and includes several structures. The main shrine was first built by Yasuyuki Umasake in 905. The Momoyama-style shrine see today constructed in 1591. The shrine is well known for its 167 varieties 6,000 Asian plum trees. One tree, known as Tobiume, stands directly to the right of the honden. Legend has it that after Michizane exiled from Kyoto, he yearned so much for this tree that it was uprooted and brought to Dazaifu Tenman-gū.

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