The Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and its surrounding grounds are beautiful all year round. The first time I visited Dazaifu it was winter, but it wasn’t cold enough for snow. My plan was to first check out the shrine, hopefully get some good shots, and then hike up the nearby mountain and camp.
One of the first things I saw when I entered the shrine grounds was the beautiful red bridge in the lead image. There are actually two arches that make their way across the pond creating a very elegant approach to the shrine. Besides the bridges, there are paths going around the pond which is how I was able to take the picture you see. Interestingly, the pond was designed to be in the shape of a heart, or at least the shape of the kanji for heart, 心.