As the nights in Japan grow longer and the air has a feel of chilliness, the season of oden, crabs, and New Year traditions approach.
However, just because you may need a scarf and a pair of gloves, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great time. One beloved pastime of the Japanese people is going to view the autumn (fall) colours. There are a ton of places all over Japan you can do this, but if you’re talking about the prefecture of Fukuoka, many people will tell you to visit Dazaifu. You can get to Dazaifu via bus, train, coach, or by car. The train takes less than an hour if you head from the center of Fukuoka city (e.g. Hakata).
Why visit Dazaifu?
Dazaifu is home to Fukuoka’s most famous temple known as the Tenmangu Shrine. It is said to have over a thousand plum trees that in spring turn a beautiful pink colour (considerably more so than Sakura trees). It’s also got a great little (and very old town) that is full of tourist shops and places to explore that had the same vibe as Kyoto or Kamakura. At the temple grounds, they also hold events and festivals. When we went, there was a flower festival and a performer. There’s a Japanese garden, a nice little train to walk, and even a theme park all right next to the temple!
So if you’re ever in Fukuoka, make sure to check this place out!