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Dazaifu 
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Dazaifu Tenmangu

Dazaifu was established in the late 7th century and served as the administrative center of the entire island of Kyushu for over 500 years. The city was built slightly inland from Hakata, whose port was one of the main points of interaction between Japan and mainland Asia. Although the imperial court ruled the country from the Kansai Region, Dazaifu was pivotal for Japan's diplomatic relations and organizing the country's defenses.

Nowadays, Dazaifu is a small, quiet city on the outskirts of the large city of Fukuoka, from which it is perfect for a day trip. There are a number of temples and shrines, the most famous of which is the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, as well as sites related to Dazaifu's role as the region's administrative center, such as the Government Office Ruins. In 2005 the massive Kyushu National Museum was opened to the public, making a great new addition to the city's attractions.

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Attractions
 1  Komyozenji Temple
Temple with a beautiful Zen garden.
User rating: 83/100 (77 votes)
Visited by: 155 users
 2  Tenmangu Shrine
Dedicated to a Heian period scholar and politician.
User rating: 81/100 (180 votes)
Visited by: 399 users
 3  National Museum
Large museum about the history of Kyushu.
User rating: 81/100 (51 votes)
Visited by: 113 users
 4  Kanzeonji Temple
The former center of Buddhism in Kyushu.
User rating: 79/100 (62 votes)
Visited by: 135 users
 5  Government Ruins
Ruins of the former government offices.
User rating: 66/100 (32 votes)
Visited by: 71 users
 

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