Travel / Tourism Spots in Saga Area

  • Yoshinogari Historical Park
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    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

    I greatly enjoyed my visit to Yoshinogari historical park. Firstly, out from yoshinogarikoen Station, you can walk to the park with clear signage given along the way. Secondly, there is free shuttle...

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

  • The Former Takatori Residence
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    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...

  • SAGA PREF. SPACE and SCIENCE MUSEUM
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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.

  • Hoto-jinja Shrine
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    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.

    高島へ渡る為に唐津城近くの城下桟橋へ。本来は定期連絡船に乗って高島に渡る予定だったが、既に出港済で次に来るのが随分時間がかかるので海上タクシーを利用する事に。Webで高島へ渡っている人の情報を見ると大半が行きは海上タクシーで帰りは定期連絡船という。小型漁船であろう海上タクシーに乗船していざ高島へ。料金は大人1人500円。 参拝は先に高島の守護神が祀られている塩屋神社に参拝後、宝当神社に参拝をおス...

  • The Arita Ceramics Sato Plaza Arita-ware Wholesale Area
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    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...

  • Sueyama Jinja Shrine
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Imari
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    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...

  • Saga-jinja Shrine
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    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...

  • Toyotamahime Shrine
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    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachishimojuku Otsu 2231-2
    This shrine is located in Ureshino City, Saga Prefecture. This historical ancient shrine was built prior to the Muromachi period (1336-1573), and it is enshrined with a Shiro Namazu (white catfish), which is said to be the work of Princess Toyotama. It is believed that your skin will become beautiful if you touch the revered Namazu, which is made of white porcelain and approximately 60 centimeters long.

    It is a small shrine, but the path which leads to the main building is quite long. It is located near spa resort area, you can take a walk after taking a bath. In this shrine, catfish is considered...

  • Roadside Station Momoyama Tenkaichi
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Chinzeimachinagoya 1859
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 204 in Nagoya Chinzei-machi, Karatsu City. The station sells fresh, local agricultural products; seafood; and local Karatsu specialty products. The station's Japanese restaurant, ""Momoyamatei Kaishu"", serves squid ikizukuri, a local Yobuko specialty; and seafood rice bowls and set meals made with edible wild plants, Saga beef and seafood from the Genkai Sea, plus sashimi assortments."

    It is a Michinoeki near Nagoya Castle’s ruins. The naming is unique, and so I visited for waiting time for a bus. There is a section for local products, and behind it there is another section for...

  • Takeo Shrine
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    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Takeochou Takeo 5327
    "A Shinto shrine located in Takeo, Takeo-cho, Takeo City. Dedicated to Takeuchi no Sukune, the shrine is the oldest in the city. A sacred camphor tree on the grounds is estimated to be 3,000 years old and is one of the largest of its kinds in the entire country. There are also a pair of trees known as the ""Husband and Wife Hinoki Cypress Trees"" which are said to grant worshippers luck in finding love and marriage."

    It is about 15 minutes’ walk from JR Takeo station. From Takeo hot spring, it is about the same distance. The highlight of this shrine is 3000 years’ camphor tree. It is really remarkable. As I...

  • Former Koga Bank
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    Saga Saga-shi Yanagimachi 2-9

    This is not just a museum inside just one block. It is a collection of 7 historical houses built in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th. A glimpse into the enthnography of a part of...

  • Genkai Marine Park
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Chinzeimachihado 1628-1
    This observation tower is in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture. The only under-sea observation point in the Sea of Japan, the 24 underwater windows offer a view seven meters below sea level, allowing observation of around thirty different sea creatures in their natural environment. In addition, the confluence of the Japan Current with the Tsushima Current allows glimpses of tropical fish, and the above-water deck offers views of islands in the Genkai Sea in three directions.

    It is a natural aquarium at Hodo Misaki. There is a tower-like construction in water and when you go down by steps, you can watch fish through transparent glasses. It is particularly recommendable...

  • Karatsu Castle (Maizuru-jo “Dancing Crane Castle”)
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Higashijounai 8-1
    This is a castle which could also be called a symbol of Karatsu, located in the northern part of Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture. Terazawa Hirotaka, a retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, spent seven years to build this castle. The inner citadel sits on Mt. Mitsushima which projects out into Karatsu Bay, while the outer citadel is on the west bank and the third citadel leads to a renkaku style flatland mountain castle. The inner citadel has now been turned into Maizuru Park, and also you can see the superb views of Matsuura Bay from that observation point, the current castle keep which was completed in 1966.
  • Daikozenji Temple
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    Saga Pref. Miyakigunkiyamachou Sonobe 3628
    "A Buddhist temple located in Sonobe, Kiyama Town, Miyaki County, Saga Prefecture. The temple was founded by the priest Gyoki in 717. Temple treasures include a wooden, eleven headed statue of the goddess Kannon created by Gyoki; the temple's principal object of worship. it is only revealed to the public once every twelve years. There's also a wooden standing statue of Vaisravana and of Virupaksa which are designated National Important Cultural Properties. Also known as the ""Azalea Temple,"" each year in spring some 50 thousand azalea plants come into bloom on the mountain behind the temple, and its grounds are also a renowned destination for fall foliage viewing."

    Daikozenji is known for its azalea in spring and red leaves in autumn. Although it is a little bit far from JR station, there is a bus service during high season. The entrance of park costs $6, which...

  • Hizen Hamashuku
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    Saga Pref. Kashimashi Hamamachi Otsu 2696
    "A National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings located in Hama-machi, Kashima City. The area is also known as ""Sakagura-dori Street."" A popular tourist destination, the sake brewing industry developed rapidly in this area from the Edo period, and today visitors can walk amongst the townscape created by numerous white walled ""kura"" storehouses and breweries standing side by side. Three sake breweries continue to operate in the area, offering tours."

    This is a historic and charming place if you like heritage architecture and japanese sake. There are few brewery you can visit. Then again, if you are good at japanese then make a reservation for...

  • Yodohime-jinja Shrine
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Yamatochoukawakami 1-1
    "A Shinto shrine situated along Prefectural Route 212 in Kawakami, Yamato-cho, Saga City. Founded in 564, the shrine has been revered as the most important in what was Hizen Province and what is now Saga Prefecture since 1161. A stone on the shrine's ground's known as ""Konsei-san"" is said to bless worshippers with children. Situated along scenic Kawakami Gorge, the grounds are also filled with natural beauty, including a huge camphor tree some 1,500 years old."

    This is very nice and quiet place to see nature and thinking about life. Big park has both Buddhist and Shinto shrines. I was there during golden autumn period and there is was no people. I enjoyed...

  • China on the Park
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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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    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...

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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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