Culture / Tour Spots in Saga Area

  • SAGA PREF. SPACE and SCIENCE MUSEUM
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    4.0
    77 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.

  • Mifuneyama Rakuen
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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."
  • Saga Balloon Museum
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    4.0
    36 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...

  • Chokokan
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    34 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.

    鍋島家に伝わる三人の女性のお雛様が、雅やかに飾られていました。 雛人形が大好きですし、有田でも焼き物のお雛様を見てきたので、すごく見入ることができました。名古屋出身の私は、徳川家のお雛様も見たことがあるのですが、比較することもできて、本当に楽しかったです。

  • Nakatomi Memorial Medicine Museum
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    4.0
    17 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.

    JAFカードで入場料が100円割引になります。外観もいいですが、館内展示も工夫されています。薬草園はイマイチでしたが、敷地自体は整備されていて気持ちがいいです。江戸時代の薬問屋が再現されていたり、薬ができる過程が実際に使われていた道具とともに説明されていたので、時代小説好きの私には小説の世界が理解できてとても面白かったです!昔の薬のラベルの展示では、そのデザインがお洒落で目をひきました。

  • Nakazato Tarouemon Tobo
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    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...

  • Saga Jofuku Chojukan Museum
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    4.0
    8 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."

    日曜日の9:00開館直後に伺いました。 貸切状態です。 アニメのゾンビランドサガ聖地巡礼と、徐福の話を聞きに来ました。 残念ながら徐福について詳しい方は不在だったようです。聞き方が悪かったのかもしれません...

  • 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...

  • Peony and Green Hill Park
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
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    Saga Karatsu-shi Hizenmachi Magarikawa 373-39

    Peony and Green Hill Park is an excellent park in the suburbs of Karatsu. Even if you don’t have a car, it is easily accessible by public bus. (But the service is not frequent, and you have to check...

  • Yoko Museum Keishu-En Japanese Garden
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Saga Takeo Takeocho Takeo 4075-3

    赤絵5寸の陶器に目が止まった。何でも鑑定団で奥様が見たと?同じ物でないけど親近感湧いて、しばらく眺めてました。 品数は少なかったけど、人少なくゆっくり鑑賞できましたよ

  • Yobuko Tourism Products Center
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    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。

  • Saga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum
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    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.
  • Kawamura Art Museum
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Saga Karatsu-shi Kitajonai 6-5

    This museum is located near Takatori House, and I dropped on it after I visited Takatori House. There are only 4 exhibition rooms and a hall. One of them is dedicated to the works of Shigeru Aoki...

  • Nishinomon Yakata
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    4 Reviews
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    Saga Karatsu-shi Kitajonai 1-8
    A castle built on a hill by the first feudal lord Terasawa Shima-no-Kami Hirotaka between 1602 and 1608. The entrance to the west of Sannomaru was called Nishinomon. This facility is in that historic zone. It houses, curates, and exhibits cultural properties excavated from various sites around the city. You can also observe preservation and repair processes like the repainting of a traditional parade float that's a Tangible Important Cultural Property of Saga Prefecture.

    Not far from Hikiyama Museum, I guess it is a depot of Hikiyama floats. But as all Hikiyama were in the museum, there was of course nothing here. Inside there is a souvenir shop. Some archeological...

  • Suisha no Sato Yugakukan
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    3 Reviews
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    Saga Kanzaki-shi Kanzakimachi
    A facility with a Niiyama waterwheel reminiscent of days gone by that was restored in 1995. In the Meiji era, there were more than 60 waterwheels in the Niiyama area utilizing the headwaters of the Jobaru River. It's said the area bustled during that time with carpenters and operators of waterwheels and young farmers from the plains with wagons loaded with wheat. The hall's displays include waterwheel related items and waterwheel powered marionettes performing the Ondamai dance from Niiyama-jinja Shrine.

    三連水車の形を模した建物です。室内に物産スペースはなく、水車の歴史や水車の種類など、学習スペースのようでした。入館は無料でしたが、もう少し楽しめるものがあってもいいのかな、と思いました。

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kyushu Ceramic Museum
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    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.
  • Saga Castle History Museum
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    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.

Saga Areas

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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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