Spots in Saga Area

  • TOSU PREMIUM OUTLETS
    rating-image
    4.0
    299 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
    rating-image
    4.0
    350 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

    古代の日本をテーマにした広大な公園、という印象が強いかもしれません。勿論、発掘された、あるいは発掘調査中の遺構を間近に観察することは出来ますが、公園の至る所にそのような遺構が点在すると考えると、ガッカリするかもしれません。学術的なスポットと言うより、体験型学習的なスポットとして捉えた方がいいかと思います。そのため、親子で利用するのが一番楽しめると思います。周囲に遺構が無いだだっ広い芝生の広場もあり...

  • Yobuko Morning Market
    rating-image
    3.5
    237 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yobuko cho Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture
    One of Japan’s three largest morning markets, Yobuko operates 364 days a year (only closing on New Year’s Day). Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., on weekdays some 40 stands operate and 60 on weekends and holidays. The market is particularly famous for its squid ikizukuri sashimi, made with a variety of squid throughout the year. In addition to the squid, visitors are encouraged to try the mackerel ikizukuri, which is fast becoming a new specialty for the market. Take the Showa Bus bound for Yobuko at Oteguchi Bus Center in front of JR Karatsu Station and get off at the Yobuko stop; the market is just a three-minute walk from there. 30 minutes by car.

    We arrived at this morning market around 11:00 and it was in the stages of closing. Had a great time wandering among the stalls. You can try sea urchins, and other tasty sea food. I had sweet honey...

  • Ureshino Onsen Wataya Besso
    rating-image
    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
    rating-image
    4.0
    155 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...

  • Takeo-jinja Shrine (The Great Takeo Camphor Tree)
    rating-image
    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...

  • Hoto-jinja Shrine
    rating-image
    4.0
    112 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.

    宝くじが当たるという事で有名な神社で唐津に滞在していたので行ってみました。神社で当選をお願いする以外にはあまり観光する場所もありません。 行き帰りには船(定期便、タクシーのようなもの)で渡る必要があります。

  • The Former Takatori Residence
    rating-image
    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...

  • The Hamilton Ureshino
    rating-image
    4.0
    128 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...

  • Roadside Station Tara
    rating-image
    4.0
    72 Reviews
    Transportation
    Saga Pref. Fujitsuguntarachou Ifuku Kou 3488-2
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 207 in Ifuku Ko, Tara Town, Fujitsu County, Saga Prefecture. At the ""Tarafukukan"" farrmers market and local specialty products shop, visitors can purchase fresh, local vegetables, Tara mikan mandarin oranges, and other agricultural products; seafood from the Ariake Sea; and eggs from farms on the Taradake Highland. The station also sells medicinal herb ice cream, Saga beef croquettes, and other prepared foods. The Tajima ham sold here has received high praise in international competitions."

    It is located on Route 207, travelling from Saga to Nagasaki. Good place for self-drive drivers to stop-over for some rest and at the same time shops for local foods. There also some restaurant...

  • SAGA PREF. SPACE and SCIENCE MUSEUM
    rating-image
    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.

  • Hotel Kasuien
    rating-image
    4.0
    112 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...

  • Former Karatsu Bank
    rating-image
    4.0
    110 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Karatsu-shi Honmachi 1513-15
    "This historic building is on the Karatsu-kaido Road in Hon-machi, Karatsu City. The building, completed in 1912, was designed by Minoru Tanaka, an apprentice of the designer of Tokyo Station, Tatsuno Kingo. The bank building is of a Victorian design incorporating Japanese style, known as the ""Tatsuno style"". The building was used as a bank until 1997, and then donated to the city. It has since been designated as an Important Cultural Property of the city and is now open to the public free of charge."

    This beautiful building used to be a bank, which functioned until recently. Now it is open to public for free, and we can see its nostalgic main hall, reception rooms, safe etc. You can also hold up...

  • Yoyokaku Gallery
    rating-image
    4.5
    93 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Higashikaratsu 2-4-40
    A pottery gallery located inside the Yoyokaku ryokan inn in 2-Chome Higashi karatsu, Karatsu City. Pieces crafted by the Ryutagama pottery studio in Mirukashi, Karatsu City are displayed in the gallery. The gallery has three exhibition rooms, and, in addition to works by studio head Takashi Nakazato and his eldest son Taki, the gallery also displays pieces from Nakazato's second daughter Hanako Nakazato's studio monohanako.

    We stayed here for one night before leaving Kyushu. This traditional ryokan has been serving travelers for more than 130 years and currently managed by fourth generation owners Mr and Mrs Okachi...

  • Saga-jinja Shrine
    rating-image
    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
    rating-image
    4.0
    79 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...

  • Ureshino Onsen Siebold no Yu
    rating-image
    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...

  • Roadside Station Imari
    rating-image
    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
    rating-image
    4.0
    49 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."

    この「道の駅・鹿島」は別名「千菜市(せんじゃいち)」と呼ばれており、「千菜」とは自宅そばの畑で自家消費用に作っている多種の野菜の事で、それを販売しようというのが「道の駅・鹿島」の始まりとされている。人気があるのか駐車場はほぼ満車状態。 この道の駅・鹿島はそこそこの広さを持つもので、販売されているものは地場で採れた野菜等の食料品をメインに意外と豊富にある。御土産に最適かも知れない。高速道路のサービ...

  • Sueyama Jinja Shrine
    rating-image
    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...

Saga Areas

around-area-map

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.

Saga Photo Album

Browse Interests