Spots in Saga Area

  • TOSU PREMIUM OUTLETS
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    301 Reviews
    Shopping
    Saga Pref. Tosushi Yayoigaoka 8-1
    This outlet mall with a stylish, exotic atmosphere reminiscent of a southern Californian town features a range of 150 shops mostly dedicated to brands and fashion. With breast-feeding rooms and playgrounds, parents can feel comfortable bringing young children. The place is bulging with shoppers during the “premium outlet bargain” sale held twice a year. There are also seasonal events including illuminations.

    This is our 3rd visit to a Premium Outlet in Japan - Rinku outside Osaka, Gotemba outside Tokyo and now Tosu outside Fukuoka. Easy to Waze to with ample free parking. Similar in style and format...

  • Yoshinogari Historical Park
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    4.0
    351 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Kanzakigunyoshinogarichou Tade 1843
    These are the ruins of a large-scale moat encircled settlement from the Yayoi period and are located on the Yoshinogari hills. This historic park is made up of National land and Prefectural land

    The Yoshinogari site is the largest archaeological site of the Yayoi era found in Japan to date. The Yayoi era is the period following the Jomon era until the Tumulus era represented by the large...

  • Mifuneyama Rakuen
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    4.0
    201 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Takeo Takeocho Takeo 4100
    "Due to its resemblance in shape to a Chinese boat called a ""karasen"" in Japanese, Mt. Mifune is also called Mt. Karasen. This park is situated on the mountain's western side. The park was created over a three year period as part of a villa for Nabeshima Shigeyoshi, then lord of Takeo Domain. The park is incredibly beautiful in spring when some 2,000 cherry trees and 200 thousand azaleas on the grounds bloom in profusion. The sight of colorful azaleas sprawling like a patchwork quilt under azure sky is stunning, but the scenery created when the park is illuminated at night is also magical and exceptional."

    Mifuneyama Rakuen is a kind of natural park on the foot of Mt. Mifune. It is popular for azalea in spring and red leaves in autumn. As I went there, it was too early for red leaves. But just for this...

  • Saga Castle History Museum
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    4.5
    240 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Sagashi Jounai 2-18-1
    Located on the site of Saga Castle, this history museum faithfully creates a portion of the castle’s inner palace. The first ever recreation in Japan of a castle’s inner palace, it is also one of the largest recreated wooden structures in the country. Inside, under the theme of Saga at the end of the Edo period and during the Meiji restoration, the museum presents information on the restoration of Saga Castle, the feats of Saga Domain personages during this time period, and the development of science and technology. The museum is filled with fun things to see and do, even for children—visitors can experience what the palace once looked like using 3D screens, there’s a quiz corner, and a station where museumgoers can try on period clothing.

    If you are in somewhere in Kyushu and near Saga, stop for a visit to the Saga Castle museum. Audio tours in English and other languages are available and its free too. There are several fun...

  • Takeo-jinja Shrine (The Great Takeo Camphor Tree)
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    4.5
    122 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Takeochou Takeo 5327
    This towering camphor tree is on the grounds of Takeo-jinja Shrine in Saga Prefecture. Follow the small path from the main hall through the bamboo grove and you'll find it. The seventh largest tree in Japan, it's 30 meters tall, 20 meters in diameter, and the branches spread for over 30 meters. The trunk is hollow, and the inside covers about 20 square meters. It's said to be 3,000 years old, and it's paid special respect as the shrine's sacred tree. A Shinto god known as Tenjin is enshrined in the cavity.

    Visited Takeo onsen temple and came across this giant tree. Nothing too impressive honestly it just a tree. One would probably spend 5 minutes to take a photo before headed to another spot. Can omit...

  • Ureshino Onsen Wataya Besso
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    3.5
    177 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Shimojuku Otsu 738
    This hot-spring inn is located in Shimojuku, Ureshino Town, Ureshino City, and is regarded as one of three major hot spring baths in Japan for promoting beautiful skin. It is said that the water from the inn's own source of Ureshino Hot Spring is beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism, nerve pain, skin diseases, women's diseases, anemia, cuts, and respiratory illnesses. The inn offers a large public bath made from natural granite and cypress, and an open-air bath and a private bath where you can hear the murmuring of Ureshino River nearby. Available for day use as well.

    I stayed one night at the Japanese room. The hotel is beautifully located next to the river. The hotel is very huge and has a beautiful Japanese garden. The decoration and the facade of the hotel...

  • ONCRI
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Pref. Sagashi Fujichoufuruyu 556
    "A hot spring hotel standing on National Route 323 Furuyu, Fuji-cho, Saga City. The baths in the hotel are filled with waters from a private source spring known for its skin beautifying properties and used for healing purposes since ancient times. These waters are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, and frozen shoulders. 38 ° C, the hotel's bathhouse is also known for being a ""lukewarm"" hot spring in which one can soak for long periods of time in comfort. Between the men's and women's areas, the hotel's bathhouse boasts 15 different bathtubs and an adjoining natural sand bath facility (separate charge). The bathhouse is also open to non-guests."

    My family embarked on a 5 day, onsen hotel hopping and ended at Oncri for our final night. Of all the places we stayed, this place was definitely the most underwhelming in terms of food and hot...

  • The Hamilton Ureshino
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    4.0
    129 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachiwayagawachi 288-1
    "A hotel located in Iwayagawauchi, Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. The hotel's bathhouse makes use of the waters of an Ureshino Onsen hot spring famous for its velvety texture and skin beautifying properties. This sodium hydrogen carbonate chloride spring is also said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, joint pain, muscle soreness, and frozen shoulders. Bathhouse facilities include a large indoor bath area outfitted with a wooden drain board floor, paper lanterns, and tile, giving it a Taisho Roman atmosphere; an outdoor bath with a pyramidal roof; and a private reservable outdoor bath constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style from the source spring. The hotel's bathhouse is also open to non-guests and offers bathhouse discounts with the purchase of a restaurant or beauty treatment course."

    During my whole stay at the Hamilton I felt very comfortable and had a very enjoyable time. I really, really enjoyed the complimentary drink on arrival in front of the fireplace, surrounded by board...

  • Hoto-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    113 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Takashima 523
    Visited by great throngs of people seeking luck due to this Shinto shrine’s name, which means “to strike upon treasure,” the numerous winners of large lottery prizes who attribute their good fortune to the shrine has resulted in it become famous almost overnight as the “lottery-winning shrine.” Today, the shrine is visited by some 200 thousand people annually. A reservation is required to engage in go-kitou (a prayer ceremony). The shrine’s Hitto-mamori (which provides luck with winning in games of chance and other situations) and other charms are also popular souvenirs.

    何かとラッキーをもたらしてくれる彼女とドライブで宝当神社に着いた時、頭に載せてたサングラスがないことに気づき消沈してたのですが、宝くじ売り場に届けられていました。ありがとうございます。10分ぐらい前に徳島県の蔓橋怖かったって話をしてたら宝当島に渡る船の客席のTVで蔓橋が放映されてるし、宝くじは「幸運の女神宝くじ」だしなんだか当たる予感。15年振りだったのであちこち老朽化が否めませんね・・・・往復4...

  • Hotel Kasuien
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    4.0
    119 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachiwayagawachi Kou 333
    "A hot spring hotel located in Iwayagawachi Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. The hotel's bathhouse is supplied with water from Ureshino Onsen, a hot spring district considered to be one of Japan's three most skin beautifying hot springs alongside Hinokami Onsen and Kitsuregawa Onsen. An alkaline spring containing an abundance of sodium, its waters are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint inflammation, and fatigue. Facilities include a large indoor bath designed based on the themes of beauty and healing, a ""sky high"" outdoor bath on the top floor with a sweeping view of the streets of Ureshino, and completely private reservable baths. The hotel's bathhouse is also open to non-guests."

    The hotel offered both open air and normal onsens on basement and top floor. During our stay, there was a big group using the open air onsen, so we ended up the other. The onsens provided free cold...

  • The Former Takatori Residence
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    4.5
    126 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kitajounai 5-40
    This is the mansion built as a home and for welcoming guests by the coal mine (including Kishima Coal Mine) baron, Koreyoshi Takatori. There are two large buildings on a vast plot of land of about 7613 square meters. It has modern Japanese-style building architecture with a combination of Western style rooms while also still having Japanese style as a keynote. A must-see is the reception hall for the Noh stage and 72 “Sugido-e” (painting on cedar-board doors) paintings by the painter of the Kyoto Shijyo Faction, Koho Mizuno. You can have a good tour of the mansion as there are also always tour guides stationed here. In 1998, it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.

    It is a former residence of Takatori family, a very wealthy family, which had coal mines. As this house was gradually expanded, you can see different styles in one house. There is even a room for No...

  • Saga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Chinzeimachinagoya 1931-3
    A museum situated along National Route 204 in Nagoya, Chinzei-machi, Karatsu City. The museum's standing exhibition looks at the history of exchange between the Japanese archipelago and the Korean peninsula, exploring Toyotomi Hideyoshi's invasions at 1592 and 1598 as well as Saga's involvement with the Korean delegations to Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868). The museum also displays artefacts exhumed during excavations of the Special Historic Site-designated Nagoya Castle Ruins and Encampment Sites. Visitors can also walk the ruins of the castle and see what Nagoya Castle looked like in its glory using a tablet computer and computer generated graphics.

    Because it is free, I dropped in, as I visited Nagoya Castle’s ruins. It was quite interesting and better than I expected. Not only about Nagoya Castle, but also about the historical relationship...

  • SAGA PREF. SPACE and SCIENCE MUSEUM
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Takeochou Nagashima 16351
    This is a science museum where one can learn and do activities related to the nature and history of Saga, as well as the evolution of the Earth, stars and space. It is divided into the permanent exhibits “Earth Discovery Zone,” “Space Discovery Zone,” and “Saga Discovery Zone,” with workshops, activities, and exhibits to experience including the “space trainer” used by real astronauts. The planetarium holds shows aimed at infants, families and the general public, and there is an astronomical observation meeting every Saturday evening. It is a facility where one can enjoy learning from many different angles.

    If you dont understand Japanese, dont bother to consider putting this in the itinerary. This place is more suitable for kids and locals.

  • Saga-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Sagashi Matsubara 2-10-43
    "Located around 25 minutes' drive from the Saga Yamato Interchange of the Nagasaki Expressway, Saga-jinja Shrine is dedicated to Nabeshima Naomasa, the 10th lord of the Saga domain, and Nabeshima Naohiro, the 11th lord. Nabeshima Naomasa created Japan's first reverberatory furnace for use in manufacturing large cannon, and is famous for his contribution towards ending Japan's self-isolation from the world in the early modern era; in recognition of his achievements, Saga-jinja Shrine was designated as an Imperial Shrine of Special Status. He has been deified as a god of culture, transportation and learning. It is said that if you pray at all eight individual shrines located within Saga-jinja Shrine's precincts, starting with Matsubara Shrine that is dedicated to the Nabeshima family's ancestors, then your wish will come true. At midnight on New Year's Day morning, a ""Cannon Salute Ceremony"" is held at which a historic cannon is fired eight times to mark the New Year."

    This Shinto shrine, located near Saga prefecture office, is dedicated to Nabeshima family, leader of Samurais, which governed Saga area before Meiji restoration. Like many other shrines, the entrance...

  • The Arita Ceramics Sato Plaza Arita-ware Wholesale Area
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Akasaka Hiei 2351-170
    This Arita ware specialist shopping mall deals in all kinds of porcelain, from daily use to business to gifts and fine art. In a 6,600 square meter facility, 22 shops are lined side-by-side along a 200-meter central road. Here one can enjoy a relaxing shopping experience, or take a break at a rest stop or restaurant. As the whole building is barrier-free, both wheelchairs and baby strollers are easy to use.

    Best place to see different types of ceramics made by different companies. Affordable also. An exhibition of different, but amazing porcelains. Some with the little spots or smudge will be sold much...

  • Roadside Station Imari
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    3.5
    50 Reviews
    Transportation
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Minamihatachou Ideno 2754-9
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 202 in Ideno Minamihata-cho, Imari City. Facilities include a local specialty products hall which sells fresh, local fruits and vegetables and local products; a farmer's market selling Imari beef; and ""Yakiniku no Mori"", an Imari beef specialty barbecue corner. An adjoining restaurant serves set meals, rice bowls, and other dishes made with Imari beef and seasonal vegetables."

    伊万里焼が沢山あるのかと思ったらなんのスペースだかよくわからない場所でした。休憩にはちょうどよいけどソフトクリームなんて洒落たものは無いようです。 I thought this was a sightseeing spot but it was not. You cannot find good Imarii shops here. It is just for a break. There...

  • Roadside Station Kashima
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
    Transportation
    Saga Pref. Kashimashi Otonari Case 4427-6
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 207 in Otonari Kabuto, Kashima City. There's a farmer's market selling local agricultural and marine products as well as a sports park with a gymnasium and pool. Facing the tidal flats of the Ariake Sea, visitors can also get a sweeping view of the flats from the station's observatory and the station offers a Tanajibu local traditional fishing class and a class on the natural environment of the tidal flats. The annual ""Kashima Gatalympics"" are also held here."

    天然物の牡蠣が、ひとかご9個入りで1000円、炭代300円でその場で焼いて食べられました。焼き方も親切に教えてもらいとてもおいしかったです。 みかんソフトがスタンプ帳提示で50円引きの300円でした。ミカンの香りが濃くてとても美味しかったです。

  • Ureshino Onsen Siebold no Yu
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachishimojuku Otsu 818-2
    A public bathhouse located in the Ureshino Onsen in Shimojuku, Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. Built in the gothic style, the bathhouse carries a charming, Taisho Roman atmosphere. In addition to a large indoor bath area and private reservable bath (which incorporate universal design principles), the bathhouse also has a citizen's art gallery. The baths are filled from a sodium - hydrogen carbonate - chloride spring whose waters are said to beautify the skin and treat such ailments as lower back pain, nerve pain, rheumatism, and women's diseases.

    Siebold no Yu is a public bath in Ureshino. It was named after a famous German doctor, but there is no direct relation to this facility. Its retro building, which is one of the landmarks of Ureshino...

  • Ninja Village Hizen Yumekaido
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    3.5
    65 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachishimono Kou 716-1
    A theme park located in Ko, Shimono, Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. Recreating what the Nagasaki Kaido highway looked like in the early Edo period, visitors to the park can enjoy ninja-themed attractions like shuriken (star shaped weapon) throwing, blow darts, and a trick ninja house, as well as a ninja show, museum of ninja tools, and ninja costume activity. There's also a studio where you can make raku ware, a fortuneteller, a restaurant (only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) and a gift and souvenir shop.

    Kids ages 6+ will love this! Billed as an Interactive Ninja Theme Park. You must see the Ninja Show, at the top of the hill in a theater with flashing swords, trap doors, hidden wall panels, and...

  • Sueyama Jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    67 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Nishimatsuura-gun Aritacho Odaru 2-5-1
    A shrine located in Odaru 2-Chome, Arita Town, Nishimatsuura County. The main venerated deity is Emperor Ojin. The founder of the Saga clan, Naoshige Nabeshima, and the originator of Arita ware, Yi Sam-pyeong, are also venerated here. It is also held as the god of pottery, and the grounds are spotted with pottery, primarily the komainu statues and big torii gate, which are both porcelain. Arita ware charms are also available for purchase.

    Tozan shrine, located on the top of a small hill, is dedicated to a god of creating ceramics. To climb stairs is tiresome, but it is worth visiting. It is remarkable that Torii gate and Komainu are...

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Away from the fast-paced cities of mainland Japan, Kyushu's Saga prefecture offers quaint towns and cities known for their traditional crafts, particularly ceramics. Rich in kaolin (a type of clay), Saga became the homeland of Arita ware, a delicate, decorative porcelain that is now celebrated worldwide and can be discovered in the towns of Arita, Imari, and Karatsu.

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