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  • Nakazato Tarouemon Tobo
    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...

  • Hikiyama Exhibition Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    65 Reviews
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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.

    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.

  • Saga Castle History Museum
    197 Reviews
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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.

    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.
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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.
  • 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 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
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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.

    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 Jofuku Chojukan Museum
    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."


  • Nakatomi Memorial Medicine Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Konmigiemonkotoji Art Museum
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    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Akaemachi 2-chome 1-11
  • Saga University Museum of Art
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    Saga Saga-shi Honjomachi Honjo 1
  • Shidashonosato Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Shiotachoukuma Otsu 3073
  • Hoshizoragakushukan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Sagashi Nishiyokamachi Takatarou 328
  • ESP Memorial Hall Hassen
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Kanzaki-gun Yoshinogari Machida Te 2773-1
  • Daikozenji Temple Tsutsujien
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Miyaki-gun Kiyamacho Sonobe 3628
  • Hizenkokuchoato Museum
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Sagashi Yamatochoukuchi 2754


  • Kogatunejiro Memorial
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Sagashi Nabeshima 2-1-2

Saga Main Areas


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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