Dazaifu Tenmangu Jinkoshiki Taisai 太宰府天満宮 神幸式大祭 Fukuoka (Sept.)
Dazaifu Tenmangu Jinkoshiki Taisai is the largest matsuri of Fukuoka Prefecture’s Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, which is visited by around seven million people annually. This shrine is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the god of learning, who died in this area. The matsuri is held to pray for the divine will of Michizane and to give thanks for bumper crop harvests. A mikoshi (shrine float) carrying the deity is taken to Enokisha Shrine where Michizane once lived, and then it is returned to Dazaifu Tenmangu. It is protected by around 500 parishioners dressed in Heian period clothing.
Dazaifu Tenmangu, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka
Approx. 5 min. walk from Dazaifu station on the Nishi-Nippon Railroad.
Approx. 15 min. from Dazaifu interchange.
Approx. 20 min. from Chikushino interchange.