Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
Dazaifu Tenmangu is a historical shrine, which was founded in 919, and is one of the Tenmangu Shrines (a shrine dedicated to Tenjin, the deified form of Michizane). This shrine enshrines Michizane Sugawara, who was publicly acknowledged as an academic god, and along with the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, it is regarded as one of the headquarters of Tenmangu Shrine, because of this many people visit from all over the country. The Kyushu National Museum, located behind Dazaifu Tenmangu, is there to teach about Japanese culture based on the basic concept of "Understanding Japanese Culture from an Asian Point of View" as Kyushu was the gateway to Asian exchange. After leaving the museum, head to the Komyozenji Temple, whose main attraction is its beautiful Japanese garden. This temple, also called Moss Temple, has a rear area with stones and sand and other splendidly placed objects in a mossy garden, and you can enjoy the Zen atmosphere.