The Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is located in the eponymous city of Dazaifu on the main island of Kyushu. Shinto Tenmangu shrines are all dedicated to the scholar Sugawara no Michizane who was elevated to the deity of Tenjin. The Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is one of the three most important of its kind in Japan.
The shrine's honden (main hall) will undergo major renovation from May 2023 to 2026. During this period, the shrine will set up a unique temporary hall in front of the honden. This one-story building will feature trees and grass on the roof to harmonize with the encircling environment.
The original shrine was probably built in 905 on the grave of Michizane, who died here in exile, and was expanded over the years by the Fujiwara clan. After a fire, today's shrine was built in 1591 and is considered an important cultural asset of Japan.
The entire area of the shrine extends over more than 12 km² and is home to numerous side shrines of relatives and students of Michizane, more than 6,000 Japanese plum trees and a number of huge camphor trees, some of which are estimated to be around 1,500 years old.
Because of its dedication, people come here primarily to ask for good results in exams and for learning success.
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