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Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine (防府天満宮)

The Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Hofu City that is dedicated to the poet and statesman Sugawara no Michizane, deified as Tenjin, the God of Learning. It ranks alongside the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine in Kyoto and the Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine in Fukuoka as one of the Three Great Tenjin Shrines of Japan. As Sugawara no Michizane had been very impressed by Hofu while traveling to Dazaifu in Kyushu, it was believed that his spirit had returned to Hofu after his death, and so the first Tenman-gu Shrine in Japan was built here in 904. The imposing vermillion-painted Ro-mon (two-storied gate) and the view from the Shumpuro-ro hall inside the Shrine precincts should not be missed.


Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Matsuzakichou 14-1 (Yamaguchi / ShuhoArea)

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Reviewed:2020/05/17 One of three major Tenmangu
Hofu Tenmangu is one of three major Tenmangu in Japan, beside Kyoto and Dazaifu. It is a highlight of Hofu sightseeing and absolutely worth visiting. The long passage to the shrine has a quaint...
Reviewed:2018/05/08 a well-established shrine, deserved more…
We heard this is an important shrine in Hofu so we planned for a trip.
It is one of Japan’s leading Tenman-gu (shrines sacred to the God of Academic Learning) which ranked alongside the Dazaifu...
Reviewed:2018/03/06 Beautiful plum blossoms!
The shrine itself is beautiful any time, but I really love to visit during plum blossom season. Although their festival begins in February, the flowers are usually not at their best until the first...

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Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Matsuzakichou 14-1 [map]
Yamaguchi / ShuhoArea
Free worship
open everyday
[Worship] Free
Parking Lot
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Available (Yamaguchi free Wi-Fi)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

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