Walk under a Torii (an archway) of Dazaifu-Tenmangu Shrine and proceed to the ground, you will see the sacred cow to the right side. This cow is said to carry the dead body of Sugawara no Michizane, and legend has it that your disease of the part you had will be cured. Going further, you will see the Shinji-ike Pond with the triple divine bridge. This divine bridge represents Past, Present, and Future, and it is said that you will be purified when you walk across it.
Go further and pass under the tower gate, you will see the main hall. Dazaifu-Tenmangu Shrine, associated with academic achievement, bustles all year with worshippers who pray for passing an entrance examination or other tests. The “Tobiume (literally flying apricot)”, situated to the front right of the main hall, and itis said to have flown to Dazaifu-Tenmangu overnight, endearing Sugawara no Michizane who was expelled from Kyoto. It brings you grace in terms of traveling, keeping off evil, or blessing. About 6,000 ume (Japanese apricot) trees are planted here, and their blossoms are at their best from early February to mid-March. One of the local specialties of Dazaifu-Tenmangu Shrine named after these apricot trees is Umegae-mochi (sweet-apricot rice pastry).