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Feed the appetite and the soul for 3,500JPY! A trip for food and fun in Fukuoka's Dazaifu City.

2019/03/25
NIPPON HODAI
Take the sightseeing train to Dazaifu! Take a walk around Fukuoka's famous Dazaifutenmangu Shrine. As well as paying your respects at Dazaifutenmangu Shrine, you can enjoy a luxurious lunch at a renowned restaurant and try some of the area's famous sweets...Feed the appetite and the soul in Dazaifu.

Eat breakfast at a rice café

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"musubime" is a "rice cafe", selling mainly onigiri rice balls. Besides Hakata's famous spicy cod roe onigiri, you can enjoy all kinds of other flavors together with some typically Japanese side dishes. The raw egg on rice set is 30JPY cheaper in the mornings!

Raw egg on rice (morning set) : 360JPY

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On foot
⇩5 mins
お米カフェ musubime(OKOMECAFE MUSUBIME)
福岡県福岡市中央区天神4-3-30
7:45am-6:30pm (Mon-Fri) / 10am-5pm (Sat,Sun,Hol)
irregular holidays
http://www.meshimaru.com/musubime/
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Buy the "Dazaifu Wazen Ticket" at the station

Nishitetsu-fukuoka (Tenjin) station is convenient for getting to Dazaifu. At the station's orange ticket counter, buy a Dazaifu Wazen Ticket. Don't forget to make a reservation for the lunch will be at "Kasanoya"!

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On foot
⇩1 min
西鉄福岡(天神)駅(NISHITETU FUKUOKA(TENJIN) STA.)
福岡県福岡市中央区天神2-11
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Board the "Tabito" sightseeing train to Dazaifu

Hop on the "Tabito" train departing at 09:46 and head off! "Tabito" is a sightseeing train connecting Fukuoka city center and Dazaifu. Both the exterior and interior of the train are decorated with a Japanese motifs relating to Dazaifu. There's also commemorative stamps installed inside the cars, so even the journey time is fun!

■Route
Train: Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta Line headed for Nishitetsu-futsukaichi
Nishitetsu-fukuoka (Tenjin)
⇩16mins
Nishitetsu-Futsukaichi

Train: Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line headed for Dazaifu
⇩5 mins
Dazaifu
 

Visit Dazaifutenmangu Shrine

Cross the red bridges over the pond that lies in front of you as you enter the shrine. The three bridges are said to represent past, present, and future. Cross the bridges, cleanse your hands and mouth with water, and head over to the main shrine.

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On foot
⇩1 min
太宰府天満宮(DAZAIFU TENMANGU SHRINE)
福岡県太宰府市宰府4-7-1
6am -7:30pm Depending on the season
4th January night (Depending on the situation)
http://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp/en
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Pay your respects at the main shrine

Dazaifutenmangu Shrine is the god of learning. Every year, many students come to pray for success in their studies before taking their exams. There are about 12,000 shrines called "Tenmangu" in Japan, but out of those, Dazaifu has among the most distinguished history.

O-mikuji fortune: 100JPY per time

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On foot
⇩1 min
太宰府天満宮(DAZAIFU TENMANGU SHRINE)
福岡県太宰府市宰府4-7-1
6am -7:30pm Depending on the season
4th January night (Depending on the situation)
http://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp/en
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Visit the Treasure Hall

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Here you can look at various treasures related to Dazaifu and to Michizane Sugawara, a noble who lived 1,000 years ago and was known as the god of learning.

Entrance fee 400JPY → 300JPY on presentation of the the Dazaifu Wazen Ticket!

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On foot
⇩3 mins
太宰府天満宮 宝物殿(DAZAIFU TENMANGU SHRINE HOMOTSUDEN)
福岡県太宰府市宰府4-7-1
9am-4:30pm (Admission until 4pm)
Mon
http://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp/art/houmotsuden
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Lunch at Kasanoya

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Take lunch at the popular restaurant Kasanoya, which adjoins the approach to Dazaifu. Enjoy a luxurious meal set of Kyoto-style cooking with an Umegae Mochi rice cake, the local specialty, and a cup of Matcha green tea.

Lunch is free on presentation of your Dazaifu Wazen Ticket!

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On foot
かさの家(KASANOYA)
太宰府市宰府2-7-24
9am-6pm
Open all year round
http://www.kasanoya.com/
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Get some "Manten shiruko"

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At Kasanoya, you can also present your Dazaifu Wazen Ticket to receive a special souvenir! You can enjoy some Shiruko red bean soup, comforting and gently sweet, with a Monaka wafer inside.

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On foot
⇩1 min
かさの家(KASANOYA)
太宰府市宰府2-7-24
9am-6pm
Open all year round
http://www.kasanoya.com/
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Explore the approach to Tenmangu Shrine

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Many stores line the approach leading to the shrine from the station. Take a leisurely stroll down the road while you enjoy some shopping.

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On foot
⇩5 mins
天満宮参道(TENMANGU SANDO)
福岡県太宰府市宰府1丁目14-28
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Buy some bean snacks

The bean specialist Saifu-Mameya's colorful bean snacks make souvenirs that everyone is sure to love! Perfect for Instagram shots, too!

Mame Komachi snacks: 250JPY

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On foot
⇩2 mins
宰府まめや(SAIFU MAMEYA)
福岡県太宰府市宰府2-6-15
9am-5:30pm
Open all year round
http://www.saifu-mameya.com/
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Have a croquette for a bite between meals

Try Ajihana's Kinsho Croquettes, which won the gold prize in a national croquettes contest. Crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, and very tasty!

Kinsho Croquette 160JPY

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On foot
⇩1 min
あじ華(AJIHANA)
太宰府市宰府1-10-20
9am-5pm
Irregular holiday
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Rent a bicycle

Rent a bicycle at Dazaifu station and explore the city! Venture further afield to places you can't reach on foot.

Rental fee 500JPY → 400JPY on presentation of the the Dazaifu Wazen Ticket!

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Bicycle
⇩8 mins
 

Go to Kanzeonji Temple

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Dazaifu's hidden old temple features a 1,300 year-old temple bell, the oldest in Japan, and a treasure hall with rows of ancient and medieval Buddhist statues. You'll be overwhelmed by the 5 meter-tall statue of Kannon!

Entrance fee 500JPY → 300JPY on presentation of the the Dazaifu Wazen Ticket!

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Bicycle
⇩8 mins
観世音寺(KANZEONJI TEMPLE)
福岡県太宰府市観世音寺5丁目6−1
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Eat Ramen only available in Dazaifu at Ichiran

In front of Dazaifu station there is a branch of the ramen restaurant Ichiran. Return your rental cycles, then enjoy the taste of ramen at Ichiran. At the Daizaifu branch, you can find Gokaku Ramen ("exam-passing ramen"), which shares the blessings of the Tenmangu shrine and is only available here.

Gokaku Ramen: 890JPY

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Train: Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line headed for Nishitetsu-futsukaichi
Dazaifu
⇩7mins
Nishitetsu-futsukaichi

Train: Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta Line headed for Nishitetsu-fukuoka (Tenjin)
⇩30 mins
Nishitetsu-fukuoka (Tenjin)
一蘭 太宰府参道店(ICHIRAN DAZAIFU SANDO)
福岡県太宰府市宰府2-6-2
9am-7pm
Open all year round
https://ichiran.com/shop/kyushu/dazaifu-sando/
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Return to Fukuoka Tenjin

When you finish your sightseeing in Dazaifu, board the Tabito sightseeing train and return to Tenjin.

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On foot
⇩3 mins
 

Best for Instagram! Drink smoothies

Have a dessert after dinner! This is a really pretty sweet with cotton candy floating atop a yogurt smoothie made with loads of strawberries. Take a picture and brag to your friends.

Strawberry cotton candy bonbon smoothie: 1,700JPY
カフェ&ブックス ビブリオテーク 天神店(CAFE & BOOKS BIBLIOTHEQUE TENJIN )
福岡県福岡市中央区天神2-10-3 VIORO B1F
11am-11pm
http://www.bibliotheque.ne.jp/fukuoka/
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