Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Fukuoka prefecture in Kyushu district. The shrine is dedicated to SUGAWARA no Michizane ( famous scholar during the Heian Period ). This shrine is famous for its beautiful garden.

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Name Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
"太宰府天満宮" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 4-7-1, Saifu, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka, Japan
"福岡県太宰府市宰府4-7-1" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 15-minute drive from the Dazaifu I.C. on the Kyushu Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 092-922-8225

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Komainu

Komainu (狛犬), often called lion-dogs in English, are statue pairs of lion-like creatures either guarding the entrance or the inner shrine of many Japanese Shinto shrines or kept inside the inner shrine itself, where they are not visible to the public. The first type, born during the Edo period, is called sando komainu (参道狛犬 visiting road Komainu), the second and much older type jinnai komainu (陣内狛犬 shrine inside komainu). They can sometimes be found also at Buddhist temples, nobility residences or even private homes.

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