The approach to Dazaifu Tenmangu from Dazaifu Station is a vibrant pedestrian street lined with stores and restaurants. Small cafes and sweet stands sell umegaemochi, a popular sweet snack filled with azuki bean paste. They are imprinted with Dazaifu Tenmangu's iconic motif of the plum blossom that Sugawara Michizane so loved. Tucked among the traditional stores like a wooden nest, the modern Starbucks Coffee by architect Kuma Kengo is particularly eye-catching, without dominating the streetscape. Most of the stores and cafes keep similar hours to the shrine, closing around dusk. The approach—which serves as a parade route during festival season—is marked with stone torii gates to indicate the shrine grounds ahead.