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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: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...
Reviewed:2018/01/26 Great short Day Trip
The shrines are beautiful. They have all types of fortune telling notes based on your bday, no attendant, you put 100 yen into the hole in between--but cant understand since all in Japanese. They...

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