Stunning 4K videos of Dazaifu shrine will make you want a ticket to Fukuoka

posted on June 2, 2016

Dazaifu Tenmangu is a Shinto shrine on the outskirts of Fukuoka City in southern Japan. It was founded in 905 after the death of Sugawara no Michizane.

According to legend, during his funeral procession, the ox pulling his body suddenly stopped and refused to move, so the revered scholar was buried at that spot and the shrine built to mark it. The grounds are covered with thousands of plum trees, including a massive specimen called the "tobiume," or flying plum. It is said to have flown from Kyoto to Dazaifu to be reunited with Michizane after he was exiled there.

With its long, charming history and beautiful grounds, Dazaifu Tenmangu attracts more than seven million people each year. And now you can visit virtually, too, as Dazaifu City is releasing a series of videos introducing the area's seasonal charms.

The videos were filmed using a state-of-the-art 4K camera. In addition to shots of the shrine's grounds, ceremonies, and annual events, the two-and-a-half minute videos include everyday vignettes and images of the surrounding natural environment as it changes through the seasons. So far, the city has released three videos: Summer, Autumn and Winter, and Highlights of the Year.

source by japantoday
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