Congress Report
Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Dazaifu City

Head of City Government

Mr. Daizo Kusuda, Mayor
Assumed the mayoralty in January 2018 (first term)


Location

Emblem

Dazaifu seal

Area

29.60km2(May 2020)

Population

71,847(including foreign residents as of April 30th, 2021)
Men: 34,469 Women: 37,378

GDP

Real:JPY 173.1billion (FY2017)

Upper tier

Fukuoka Prefecture

Geographic features

Dazaifu City is located in the midwestern part of Fukuoka Prefecture, about 16km southeast of Fukuoka City. It has Mt. Homan in the east and Mt. Shioji in the north, and the Mikasa River runs through the central part of the city.
The Kyushu Expressway, National Route 3, Fukuoka Urban Expressway, and 11 prefectural roads run through the city. In addition, there are JR and Nishi-Nippon Railroad lines, providing an important means of transportation for residents of the city.
Besides, Dazaifu City has many historical sites and famous places such as Dazaifu Government Office ruins, Mizuki Fortress ruins, Kanzeonji Temple, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and so on. Moreover, it has been certified as a Japan Heritage as "The Western Capital of Ancient Japan-an Exchange Hub with East Asia."
In recent years, due to the relationship with the new era "Reiwa," Dazaifu City has been attracting attention again as "the city of Reiwa origin." So many people from Japan and abroad visit the special historical site, Dazaifu Government Office ruins, and its surroundings, which include the land related to Manyoshu,and the Dazaifu Pavilion, in which we can learn the history of the city through displays and commentaries.


Main industries

Wholesale/retail sales

Symbols

City Tree : Camphor tree
City flower: Plum blossom

Number of tourists

2,330,000 (FY2020) ※8,180,000 (FY2019 before COVID-19 crisis)

Official website

http://www.city.dazaifu.lg.jp/ 

Sources: Official website of Dazaifu City, Dazaifu City 5th General Plan, Overview of Dazaifu City, Prefecture residents' economy, city, town and village residents' economy calculation report (prepared by Fukuoka Prefecture)


(As of May, 2021)