January 1st (Sun) New Year’s visit at Dazaifu Tenmangu


Do you know Hatsumode? Hatsumode (初詣) is the first shrine visit of the Japanese New Year. Generally, wishes for the New Year are made, new omamori (charms or amulets) are bought, and the old ones are returned to the shrine so they can be burned. There are often long lines at shrines throughout Japan.

Dazaifu Tenmangu (太宰府天満宮) is a Shinto shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. It is one of the head shrines dedicated to Tenjin (天神), the Shinto kami(god) of scholarship, the deification of a scholar, poet, and politician named Sugawara no Michizane. There are approximately 12000 shrines all over the country, that are dedicated to Tenjin.

Dazaifu Tenmangu shrines`s precinct spans over 3,000 acres (12 km2) and includes several structures. More than 8 million visitors are counted every year.

Especially students who will take an exam in the near future will go to the shrine to pray for good results. How about visiting this place at New Year with your family and friends?

Click here for the shrine’s worship practice movie!

Event details

Opening and closing time
■New Year Period
The shrines gate will open at 6:30am on December 31st and it will stay open until January 4th.
(Only at New Year opened for 24hours!)

■Normal opening time
6: 30am

■Normal closing time
December, January, February, March: 6:30pm
April, May, September, October, November: 7:00pm
June, July, August: 7:30pm

〒818-0117 福岡県太宰府市宰府4丁目7番1号
〒818-0117 Fukuokaken dazaifushisaifu 4-chōme 7-ban 1-gō
By car・・・・About 30 minutes from Hakata station by using Route No. 3
By bus・・・From Hakata Station Bus Terminal approximately 50min
Parking space

※All information are from December 7th 2016