The history begins around the turn of 10th century, when Sugawara No Michizane, a poet and scholar of no small fame, was exiled to Dazaifu. After his death in 903, a shrine was built in his honor in Kyoto because a number of misfortunes there caused the court nobles to believe that his spirit was angry and must be appeased. Over 6,000 plum trees including 197 varieties bloom in late winter (late February-early March) and sweeten the air. The Taikobashi (drum bridge) that leads up to the shrine is of special interest. The first hump represents the past, the flat middle is the present, while the final hump represents the future. A festival is held here on the first Sunday of March every year. Poets in traditional dress sit along a stream, sipping sake and composing a form of Japanese poetry called waka.
Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
- Nearest Train: Dazaifu Station (Nishitetsu line)