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  • Youme Town Saga
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Nakazato Tarouemon Tobo
    8 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Hikiyama Exhibition Hall
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Nishijounai 6-33
    This exhibition hall displays the 14 hikiyama festival floats used in the Karatsu Kunchi Festival, a harvest festival held each year from November 2 to 4. Each of the floats was dedicated sometime between the late Edo period and Meiji period. They were made by wrapping wooden frames with hundreds of sheets of Japanese washi paper and then applying and re-applying various colors of lacquer. Bold in design and modeled after themes such as a samurai helmet, Chinese lion, and sea bream, even when looked at through a protective case one can feel their power.
  • Kakiemongama
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    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Nanzan Ding 352
    A pottery workshop which was once operated by Sakaida Kakiemon, a renowned potter from Arita Town in Saga Prefecture. The Kakiemon style is characterized by the use of red paint baked onto a beautiful milky-white pottery base called nigoshide. The workshop’s pieces began being exported around the world starting in the Edo period and remain popular to this day. The workshop is adjoined by a museum where visitors can learn about its 380 year history and view actual pieces from various time periods.
  • Arita Porcelain Park Nonnoko no Sato
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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.
  • Kyushu Ceramic Museum
    65 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Toshaku Yu 3100-1
    A prefectural museum in Arita Town which is dedicated to preserving and displaying ceramics from areas throughout Kyushu. The museum’s collection focuses on pieces from the former Hizen Province, particularly porcelain such as Imari ware and Karatsu ware. Highlights include the giant music box made of Arita ware and the Meissen porcelain bells. The 25 bells, made in the Meissen State Porcelain Manufactory in Meisen, Arita’s sister city, play a song related to the two nations every hour, announcing the time.

    It's an OK place to see, once you are in Arita, I didn't think there was much of background information in the museum. The staff was really friendly and the entrance is for free.

  • G-Collection
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Sagashi Chuouhonmachi 1-24 Kitamura Building 2F
    This club opened in 1998 and has enjoyed the strong popularity of many clubbers as one of the city's most venerable. It is operated as a music bar where you can relax and enjoy music and drinks on weekdays, and as a club where you can live it up with various club music on weekends and for events.
  • Saga Castle History Museum
    197 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.

    Beautiful and worth seeing place with very nice staff, audio tour in English for free. Must see in Saga.

  • Mifuneyama Rakuen
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    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Takeochou Takeo 4100
    Because it is so similar to Tosen (ships of Old China), Mount Mifune-yama is also sometimes called Karasen-yama. Mifuneyama Park is located at the foot of the western side of the mountain. Shigeyoshi Nabeshima, lord of the Takeo clan spent three years landscaping this area to build a villa here. In the spring, 2,000 cherry trees and 200,000 azalea flowers come into bloom. It is a sight to behold. Under the blue sky, the colorful azalea flowers spread out like a beautiful patchwork quilt, but when they are lit up at night, the scenery is transformed into something truly magnificent.
  • Imarin Beach (Imari artificial seaside park)
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    Saga Pref. Imarishi Kurogawachou Fukuda
    This man-made swimming area in Imari Bay was selected as one of Japan’s top 88. Being a bay, the waves are gentle and even small children can swim in safety. Off season it is a popular spot to take a stroll along the white sand beach while looking out over the blue waters.
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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.
  • Takeo Ureshino Marchen-mura
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Nishikawanoborichou Jinroku 20040
    This is a lush green amusement park based on the theme of flowers and squirrels, and inside there is an “animal land” where one can pet squirrels, rabbits and goats. It also features a huge tent dome that can be enjoyed even on rainy days, roller coasters and merry-go-rounds, and various other attractions that can be used even by young children, and families can have as much fun as they please. The 35-meter-tall Ferris wheel offers views of the park and the surrounding natural beauty.
  • China on the Park
    31 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Mallage Saga
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Ureshino Sports Park
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    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachishimojuku Kou 2834
    "A sports park situated along Prefectural Route 1 in Shimojuku, Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. Facilities include a multipurpose sports ground, baseball field capable of seating 15 thousand spectators, a artificial turf soccer field, and an all-weather indoor multipurpose ground which also can be used for events. The park served as the venue for the 38th National Tree Planting Day held in 1987 and is thus also known as ""Miyuki ('Imperial Visit') Park"" in reference to the visit Emperor Showa made during the event. There's also a memorial plaza and plum grove."
  • Saga Balloon Museum
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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.
  • Saga Prefectural Shinrin Park
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Kubotachoutokuman 1897
    A park located in Tokuman, Kubota-cho, Saga City. Park sports facilities include Midori no Mori Baseball Stadium, a stadium which can be used for professional baseball games; an archery ground; and tennis courts. There's also a playground with play equipment, large grass lawn, and outdoor stage. Visitors can enjoy the sight of seasonal flowers and wild birds. In the summer, children can play in a shallow, manmade stream.
  • Saga Prefectural Art Museum
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Jounai 1-15-23
    An art museum located inside Saga Castle Park in Jonai, Saga City. The museum's collection primarily consists of pieces by artists connected to the prefecture as well as modern paintings and sculptures. A standing exhibition introduces the works of modern Western-style painter Okada Saburosuke. The museum also holds a variety of special exhibitions. The museum is adjoined by the Saga Prefectural Museum.
  • Saga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum
    74 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.

    Definitely, best thing to do around, beautiful scenery, Japanese garden, costumes, souvenirs, recently renovated, the castle is fun to explore. Don t expect secret rooms and medieval cachots but an...

  • Saga Higata Yoka Park
    2 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.


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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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