Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Saga Area

  • Mifuneyama Rakuen
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    4.0
    192 Reviews
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    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."

    Been here several times, most recently a couple days ago. While most of the azaleas have fallen, the wisteria were still quite beautiful. Enjoy this venue year-round through spring, fall, and summer...

  • Yoyokaku Gallery
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    4.5
    92 Reviews
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    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 PREF. SPACE and SCIENCE MUSEUM
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
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    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.

  • Ninja Village Hizen Yumekaido
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    3.5
    63 Reviews
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    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...

  • Saga Castle Park
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Jounai
    "A park located in Jonai, Saga City. Built on the grounds of Saga Castle, facilities include the Saga Castle History Museum, the Saga Prefectural Museum, an art museum, library, and gymnasium. A walking and running course follows the moat which encircles three sides of the grounds. In spring, cherry trees also bloom along the moat. In recent years, the ""Mizukagami Project"", in which several hundred lanterns are floated on the moat at night, has also been held at the park."

    I passed by, as I went to Saga Castle History Museum. Unfortunately, the original castle doesn’t exist anymore except its fosse and stone walls. But a vast empty space in the middle of the city is...

  • Youme Town Saga
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    Saga Prefecture Saga City Hyogo-north 5-14-1
    This large shopping center has 180 specialty stores ranging from fashion to consumer electronics, daily sundries and restaurants, and is located on the national highway Route 34. It employs universal design and is recognized by the Building Access Law. It is complete with breast-feeding facilities and free Wi-Fi.
  • China on the Park
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Harake Otsu 111
    A porcelain theme park owned and operated by the Fukagawa Seiji company which was built to introduce visitors to the history and wonder of pottery making. Surrounded by the park's lush grounds, visitors can enjoy pottery from a variety of angles. The Chujikan museum displays company founder Chuji Fukagawa's treasured collection of pieces, including a large flower vase which was awarded a gold prize at the 1900 Paris Exposition. In the Jikigura shop, visitors can easily get their hands on products deviating from the regular line specs normally only ever seen inside the factory. There's also a special tearoom which has a view of the Paris Exposition vase, and a pottery painting activity area. The ground's English lavender, which comes into bloom in early summer, is also a must-see.

    Have been going to China on the Park for the past twenty five plus years. There are two areas for china in the complex, one with the best Fukazawa ware including priceless pieces from the past (up...

  • Saga Balloon Museum
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Matsubara 2-2-27
    A museum dedicated to hot air balloons situated along Chuo O-dori Street in 2 Chome Matsubara, Saga City. The museum presents the history and mechanisms behind hot air balloons and also contains exhibits on international competitions and other ballooning events held in Saga. Here visitors can view the actual Icarus 5, Japan's first successful manned hot air balloon; try a balloon flight simulator; and experience the world of hot air balloons through a super high vision, 280-inch theater screen.

    This museum is located near Central Post Office on Chuo Odori. If you walk from JR station, it takes about 20 minutes. In this museum, you can learn the history of balloon as well as the history of...

  • Karatsu City Furusato Kaikan Arpino
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Shinkoumachi 2881-1
    A local specialty products hall located close to Karatsu Station in Shinko-machi, Karatsu City. Here visitors can purchase famous Karatsu sweets like Shoro Manju buns; nori seaweed and other marine products from the Ariake Sea; Karatsu tea; processed agricultural products like yuzu pepper made with Kyuragi's specialty yuzu fruit; and other local specialty products and crafts. On the second floor, visitors will find a Karatsu ware display space and shop which also has a corner where you can try painting your own Karatsu ware piece.

    Bel centro storico arroccato su un colle con uno spuntone che guarda ad ovest verso il fiume.. bella da vedere e,da vivere!

  • Chokokan
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
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    Saga Saga-shi Matsubara 2-5-22
    A museum presenting the history and heirlooms of the Nabeshima clan, Saga feudal lords. The extensive collection includes weapons, drawings, paintings, ceramics, tea utensils, etc. The first floor of the historic building, which opened in 1927, is an exhibition room that showcases the history of the Nabeshima clan according to a set theme year round.

    近隣は見応えあるスポットばかりとなっており、こちらにも立ち寄ってみました。歴史にはあまり興味がないですが、見応えがあり楽しめました。

  • Nakatomi Memorial Medicine Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Tosushi Kounoemachi 288-1
    This museum is in Tosu City, Saga Prefecture, and was built in 1995 to commemorate the 145th anniversary of the founding of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, as Tashiro Baiyaku. This museum is dedicated to pharmaceutical and medical history, and stands out for its two story building, designed by an Italian sculptor. Its displays include a recreation of the end of the 19th century British pharmacy, and materials from Tashiro Baiyaku.

    花やしきで食事した後、すぐ向かいにあったので寄ってみました。入場料は大人300円。配置薬の歴史や、薬の原材料、今昔の薬など、薬にまつわる色々な物が展示されていて、とても興味深かったです。

  • Arita Porcelain Park Nonnoko no Sato
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Toya Otsu 340-28
    Here pieces of Arita ware from a variety of periods (such as old Imari, Kakiemon, and Nabeshima Domain Kiln-style wares) are displayed in a recreation of the Zwinger palace in Dresden, Germany. Particularly noteworthy is the great 183 centimeter tall flower vase. It is said to have wowed people from around the world when it was displayed at the 1873 Vienna World's Fair. A Baroque garden has been recreated on the facility's grounds, and there is also an Arita ware workshop where visitors can try their hand at crafting a ceramics piece on a potter's wheel.

    旅行会社のツアーで寄りましたが、朝が早かったせいか、人がほとんどいなくて、寂しい位でした。 まるでヨーロッパの宮殿でも来たかのような建物でしたが ただそれだけで、レストランもまだ開いてなくて、残念でした。

  • Kono Park Children's Amusement Park
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Kamizono 4-1-3
    An amusement park with free admission located in Kono Park in 4-Chome Kamizono, Saga City. Facilities include a steam locomotive which circles the park, a miniature roller coaster, swing ride, and other rides; playground equipment like a ball pool, trampoline, free slide; and a games corner. There's also an adjoining small animal zoo.
  • Yutoku Museum
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Saga Kashima-shi Furueda Otsu 1855
    A museum on the precincts of Yutoku-jinja Shrine, one of Japan's three main Shinto shrines dedicated to the deity Inari. It exhibits Yutoku Inari Shrine treasures as well as local historic and ethnic materials, arts, and crafts. Items you can view at the permanent exhibition include artifacts from Yutokuin Shrine, armor of the former Kashima clan's feudal lords, art swords, ceramics, paintings, and Kashima nishiki fabric. In addition, special exhibits on various themes are held year-round.

    祐徳稲荷神社から川を挟んだ反対側。小さい博物館でした。鍋島家の宝物が飾ってありましたが、時間がなければ行かなくてもいいと思います。

  • Mallage Saga
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Kosemachi Ushijima 730
    A shopping mall located in Ushijima, Kose-machi, Saga City. The mall hosts fashionable apparel shops; boutiques; a food court; a large discount store; a supermarket; a video game arcade, movie theater, and other amusement facilities. The mall also holds workshops for children every third Sunday of the month plus concerts by singers and other events.

    佐賀市にあるショッピングモールです。今回、初めて訪問しました。 JR佐賀駅前のバスセンターからバスが出ており15分くらいで到着します。 ただ無料駐車場があるので、車で来る方が便利ですね。 フードウェイというスーパーに行きましたが、圧倒的に地元の方の利用が多いですね。 映画館や飲食店、ファッション関係など様々なお店があるので、便利だと思います。

  • Nakazato Tarouemon Tobo
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Chouda 3-6-29
    The Nakazato family is the only family to maintain the traditions of ancient Karatsu and today, this Karatsu ware ceramics studio continues to be operated by the 14th head. Visitors can tour the studio’s gallery where Karatsu ware is displayed and sold as well as the Tojin-machi Ochawangama kiln, a nationally designated Historic Site. From 1734 through the Taisho period, the Tojin-machi Ochawangama kiln was used for official purposes by the local government. An eight-minute walk from the South Exit of Karatsu Station.

    唐津市の広い道から入った静かな唐津焼の工房。 車にナビがないとちょっと行き着けないようなところですが、 私たちが言っている時も探してくる人が多い工房です。 14代目がおられました。 2階に上がると入口があり、靴脱ぎで履物を置いて中に入りますと作品が並んでいます。 買いやすい工房のものが並んでいます。 その建物か池をまたぐ廊下を過ぎると何代にもわたって作られてきた作品が並ぶ部屋があります。 お値段も...

  • Arita Ceramic Art Museum
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
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    Saga Nishimatsuura-gun Aritacho Odaru 1-4-2
    This art museum that opened in 1954 was the first official museum in Saga Prefecture. The exterior is that of a stone warehouse, and it has a two-story wooden interior. The building itself has been designated as part of the Important National Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings in Arita Uchiyama. It showcases Arita ware dating from the Meiji period to the early Showa period including the work of various kilns and pieces handled by wealthy merchants. Some of these are Important Cultural Properties of Saga Prefecture.

    Miyuri Tsuru was on hand to greet us at the small Arita Porcelain Museum. She is incredibly animated and took us through the displays with creative storytelling and an obvious love for her subject...

  • Saga Jofuku Chojukan Museum
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Kinryumachi Kinryu 1197-166
    "Located approximately five minutes from the Saga-Yamato Interchange on the Nagasaki Expressway, this is main facility of the ""Kinryu Park Jofuku no Sato Medicinal Botanical Garden,"" which was created on the theme of health and longevity in connection with Jofuku (Xu Fu) who has a connection to Saga. Jofuku, who went on a quest for a panacea for immortality, is said to have found the medicinal herb furofuki (wild ginger) in the land of Saga, and the facility introduces its trajectory and legend. In the adjacent herb garden, there are about 50,000 plants from about 500 species of medicinal plants including furofuki. It is possible to drive in from the Kinryu Service Area on the Nagasaki Expressway."

    高速のSAから直接行ける場所なので以前から存在は知っていましたが、中にはいったのは初めてでした。今回は、高速経由ではなく公園の駐車場に車を停めました。JAFの会員証で割引(200円)で入場しました。最初に薬草茶をいただきました。解説のスタッフが今、外に出ているということで、自分で中を見学して、外に出ようとすると、スタッフが戻ってきましたとのこと。「30分ほどでご説明します」ということでしたが、車で...

  • Saga Higata Yoka Park
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Higashiyokachoushimokoga 2885-2
    A park located in Shimokoga, Higashiyoka-cho, Saga City. Adjoining the Higashi-Yoka Higata Tideland, which is registered under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, visitors can view mudskippers and other tidal flat dwellers as well as wild birds and Shichimenso, a plant which thrives in high salinity waters. Facilities include a playground with a boat-shaped piece of play equipment the same size as the Ryofu-maru, Saga Domain's first practical steamship; and a course where visitors can ride unusual and interesting bicycles. In summer, children can play in a shallow water park area.

    様々なすべり台、おもしろ自転車等の遊具があり、水遊びができますので子供を遊ばせるには良いところだと思います。

  • Yobuko Tourism Products Center
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    3.0
    8 Reviews
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    Saga Karatsu-shi Yobukocho Kabeshima 3956-9
    "A place that primarily exhibits collections from the community. On the first floor there is a display with replicas of the ships that used to come and go at Yobuko Port. The second floor has an exhibit of army and navy uniforms. Although it's called a ""Product Center,"" it is not a souvenir shop, but a museum."

    呼子に行ったときに立ち寄って見ました。無料で展示が楽しめるので時間つぶしにはよかったです。ただ、期待して行くとがっかりするとおもいます。

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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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