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Autumn Color Report 2015
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2015/11/07 - Dazaifu Report
by raina

Five shades of autumn

Dazaifu in Fukuoka Prefecture is located over a thousand kilometers west of the Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko) region where Scott was yesterday, and that's where I was today. It took me about an hour to reach Dazaifu from Hakata Station by train, which included two transfers. The trees at Dazaifu were mostly green with a handful starting to change their colors.

I arrived at Dazaifu Station relatively early and walked from the station to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. It takes about five minutes to make the walk and the shops along the approach were just starting to open for business. The shrine is popular among students as it is dedicated to the god of education. However today, I saw more children and their parents (in addition to the busloads of tourists) celebrating Shichigosan, a Japanese tradition to pray for the good health of girls of age three and seven, and boys of age three and five.

Dazaifu information center at the end of the approach
Each step across the bridge brings you closer to the shrine
Rows and rows of crysanthemum flowers
Registering to attend the prayer session
Plum flowers in a few more months
Parents and children in kimono
The back of the shrine with handwritten charms
A family getting their picture taken

From Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, I headed to Komyozenji Temple where the autumn colors were more advanced compared to the area around the shrine. Entry into the temple costs 200 yen which provides access to view the beautiful rock garden at the back.

Fallen leaves
Temple walkway and rock garden
The one tree with a variety of colors
A small altar and a maple tree
Rock garden at Komyozenji Temple

My last stop for the day was to the Kyushu National Museum. If you walk up to the museum from Komyozenji Temple instead of taking the escalators near Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, you will pass a terrace garden. Most of the trees in that garden there are still green, but some have developed the most intense autumn colors I've ever seen. The museum celebrates it's ten year anniversary this year and has renewed some of its facilities, and I took the opportunity to learn more about Japanese history.

Autumn colors just starting at the front of the museum
So intense
View of the museum from the escalators
The Starbucks along the approach to Dazaifu Tenmangu designed by Kengo Kuma. This wooden lattice continues inside too

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2015/12/09 - Tokyo Report
2015/12/04 - Kyoto Report
2015/12/03 - Tokyo Report
2015/12/01 - Kamakura Report
2015/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/27 - Nara Report
2015/11/26 - Osaka Report
2015/11/25 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/24 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/19 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/19 - Kankakei Report
2015/11/18 - Mount Mitake Report
2015/11/18 - Korankei Report
2015/11/17 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/16 - Mount Takao Report
2015/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/12 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/11 - Hakone Report
2015/11/11 - Fukuroda Falls Report
2015/11/10 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/09 - Koyasan Report
2015/11/08 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/07 - Dazaifu Report
2015/11/06 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/04 - Tokyo Report
2015/10/30 - Kyoto Report
2015/10/28 - Nikko Report
2015/10/26 - Bandai Report
2015/10/22 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/21 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/20 - Mount Fuji Report
2015/10/15 - Hachimantai Report
2015/10/15 - Nikko Report
2015/10/14 - Alpine Route Report
2015/10/14 - Towada Report
2015/10/13 - Hakkoda Report
2015/10/08 - Nasu Report
2015/10/06 - Nikko Report
2015/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2015/09/28 - Oze Report
2015/09/24 - Alpine Route Report
2015/09/17 - Daisetsuzan Report
2015/09/16 - Daisetsuzan Report