Story-Composing Cultural Assets Kokubu Tile Kiln Site
【National Historical Site】
This was the site of a tile kiln located northeast of the Chikuzen Kokubunji Temple site. It was a climbing kiln that used adobe for the walls and ceiling. This kiln was thought to have been used in the mid-8th century, and the founding tiles for Chikuzen Kokubunji Temple were most likely fired here.
Site of Kokubu Tile Kiln
This tile-kiln was used to burn tiles for the Dazaifu Government Office and Chikuzen Kokubun-ji Temple.
They were producing tiles very similar to the tiles found in Heijo-kyu Palace in Nara.
Today, we can’t tour around this place, but in the past at least 9 tile-kilns were confirmed, and people were able to pick up many tiles.
Ruins of Chikuzen Kokubun-ji
In the year 741, Emperor Shomu announced that he would build Kokubun-ji Temples for monks and Kokubun-niji Temples for nuns all over Japan and place Buddhist scriptures in Shichiju-no-to (Seven-Story pagoda). Thus Chikuzen Kokubun-ji Temple was the earliest built temple in Kyushu, completed inthe year756.
Investigations of ruins of halls and towers have been done and partially maintained.
Dazaifu Fureai Museum
This is the central facility of the “promenade of history” which runs from Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine to the Ruins of Mizuki fortress.
There are many projects and exhibitions that help you to connect with the histories and cultures of Dazaifu. You also can’t miss the 1/10 scale model of the Chikuzen Kokubun-ji Temple Shichijunoto(Seven-story pagoda).
No fee is required / Open from 9a.m. to 7p.m.
Closed on Mondays (When Monday is a national holiday or a substitute holiday the next day will be closed)
Ruins of the Dazaifu Government Office
This Government Office is the center of Dazaifu. This structure is similar to the palace of the capital.
Going up the stairs from the south side leads to “Site of South Gate”. Inside was surrounded by walls. If you keep going you will reach “Site of Central Gate”. If you keep going farther it takes you to a wide garden (space) surrounded by a corridor continuing from the Central Gate. This may be a place for government affairs, ceremonies or sometimes for diplomatic protocols.
The elevated area at the center (center of North) is “Ruins of Seiden (main building)”. Each of two “Ruins of Wakiden” are located in each East and West side of the garden.
At the back of Seiden, there is a “Ruin of Kouden (back building)”. This is considered as the place where Sochi (Governor of Dazaifu) went about his duties.
Next, let’s see the surrounding ruins of the Government Office.
“Ono-jo” fortress is located on the top of a mountain in the North, and “Kii-jo” fortress is located on the top of a mountain to the south. Both mountain fortresses were built in 665 and protected as the outer walls of “The Western Capital” Dazaifu.
To the east, on “Tsukiyama” hill, it has been said that a water clock was placed to tell the hour.
To the west, on “Kura-no-tsukasa” hill, huge ruins of foundation stones still remain.
In the south area, there were Government offices.In front of them there was Suzaku-mon Gate. From there Suzaku Road(or South to North Road) was extended leading to the ancient town.