Travel / Tourism Spots in Saga Area

  • Noritake Factory Outlet Imari
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    Saga Pref. Imarishi Higashiyamashirochou Nagahama 120-3
    Noritake got its start as a small knickknack shop which opened on New York’s Sixth Avenue in 1876. Here at this outlet shop you can buy Noritake tableware, such as ever-so-slightly bluish white porcelains and milky white bone China characterized by its delicacy and warmth. The closest station is Higashi-Yamashiro Station on the Matsuura Nishi-Kyushu Line.

    どれも欲しくなり迷うくらい素敵な磁器がたくさんありました。 やはりアウトレットだけあって安い。だけど、そこそこの値段。 旅行の記念に、思い切って大皿を一枚買いました。

  • Imari Arita Ware Traditional Crafts Center
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    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Hei 221-2
    A museum located in Hei, Okawachi-cho, Imari City. The museum displays pieces by pottery studios in Imari and Arita as well as examples of old Nabeshima pottery, and visitors can come in contact with the history of Arita ware and Imari ware, ceramic art forms which have been designated National Traditional Craft Products. The facility also offers pottery painting classes.

    伊万里焼のふるさとである大川内山へは、伊万里の市街地から南に向かって数km走ります。道は山に向かって入っていく感じでした。大川内山の入り口にあたる右手に、こちらの伊万里・有田焼伝統産業会館がありました。 館内には、伊万里と有田の窯元の作品を展示している部屋や、古伊万里、鍋島などの古陶磁を展示している部屋がありました。この後、大川内山のいくつかの窯元を巡りましたが、事前学習に良い施設でした。

  • 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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    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...

  • Arita's Giant Ginkgo Tree
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    7 Reviews
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    Saga Nishimatsuura-gun Aritacho Izumiyama 1-13
    This ginkgo tree at Izumiyama Benzaiten-jinja Shrine is about 40-meters high, 12-meters around at the roots, and has a crown reaching 31-meters east to west. It's about 1,000 years old. It could well be the largest ginkgo tree in Japan. It was designated a national Natural Monument in 1926. Every year from mid to late November, the leaves this enormous tree turn yellow, a brilliant show for the crowds of visitors.

    Near Izumiyama Benzaiten Shrine, there is a large Ginko tree. It is designated as a special natural treasure. From JR Kamiarita station, it takes less than 10 minutes’ walk. It is worth taking a look.

  • Yobuko Tourism Products Center
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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。

  • Niji no Matsubara
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Higashikaratsu / Hamakita cho
    A grove of some one million black pines grown along a 4.5 kilometer stretch of Karatsu Bay. Together with the Miho no Matsubara and Kehi no Matsubara, it is considered one of the three most beautiful pine groves in Japan and is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty. The pines, planted to provide protection against winds and tides, have grown twisted into beautiful shapes. The grove’s “Seven Curiosities,” facts and legends relating to the grove which have existed since ancient times, are also fascinating.
  • Mt. Kagami Observatory
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kagami Mountain summit
    A viewing platform at the top of Mt. Kagami, a mountain once visited by numerous poets in the Nara period (710–794) and much praised in the poems of the Man'yoshu (The Ten Thousand Leaves), Japan’s oldest poetry anthology. 283 meters above sea level, this popular photo spot offers a spectacular view of Nijinomatsubara and Karatsu Bay. Approximately 15 minutes by train from JR Nijinomatsubara Station.
  • Roadside Station Yoshinogari Sazanka Senbokan
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    Saga Pref. Kanzakigunyoshinogarichou Matsuguma 1710-11
    A roadside station situated along National Route 385 in Matsuguma, Yoshinogari Town, Kanzaki County, Saga Prefecture. Facilities include a farmer's market selling local agricultural products; a bakery selling fresh baked bread made with Mt. Sefuri natural spring water; and the Kajitsu Kobo Shin Sun Yoshinogari Shop, which sells parfaits, jellies, and choux cremes made with fresh, seasonal fruit. There's also an observatory from which visitors can get a sweeping view of the surrounding mountains.
  • Yoko Museum Keishu-En Japanese Garden
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    6 Reviews
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    Saga Takeo Takeocho Takeo 4075-3

    武雄温泉駅から徒歩で暫く歩いたホテルに隣接している美術館です。バスでも行けるようですが、運行本数が多いのか不明です。『横山大観展』が開催されていました。

  • Roadside Station Tara
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    Saga Pref. Fujitsuguntarachou Ifuku Kou 3488-2
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 207 in Ifuku Ko, Tara Town, Fujitsu County, Saga Prefecture. At the ""Tarafukukan"" farrmers market and local specialty products shop, visitors can purchase fresh, local vegetables, Tara mikan mandarin oranges, and other agricultural products; seafood from the Ariake Sea; and eggs from farms on the Taradake Highland. The station also sells medicinal herb ice cream, Saga beef croquettes, and other prepared foods. The Tajima ham sold here has received high praise in international competitions."
  • Hizenya
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    Saga Pref. Kashimashi Hamamachi Otsu 2761-2
    "A sake brewery open to tourists situated along National Route 207 in Hama-machi, Kashima City. Situated along Sakagura-dori Street (a street lined with many old sake breweries) which has been designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, this particular brewery has been making sake for four generations. Visitors can view the brewery, experience Japan's bygone Showa period in the ""Showa Room,"" and check out sightseeing destinations on the street. The brewery also offers sake tastings and its direct sales shop sells limited run products."

    佐賀県は九州では珍しい日本酒県なんです。鹿島市の肥前浜という駅の南側には、酒蔵通りという、今でもいくつかのつ酒蔵が残っている通りがありました。その通りの入り口にあったのが、こちらの峰松酒造場でした。 店内に入ると、たくさんの日本酒が並んでいて、試飲もできます。ハンドルキーパーの主人に代わって、いくつか試飲をして、「無濾過原酒 肥前浜宿」というお酒を購入しました。「原酒」だけあって、ちょっとアル...

  • Roadside Station Kashima
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    Saga Pref. Kashimashi Otonari Case 4427-6
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 207 in Otonari Kabuto, Kashima City. There's a farmer's market selling local agricultural and marine products as well as a sports park with a gymnasium and pool. Facing the tidal flats of the Ariake Sea, visitors can also get a sweeping view of the flats from the station's observatory and the station offers a Tanajibu local traditional fishing class and a class on the natural environment of the tidal flats. The annual ""Kashima Gatalympics"" are also held here."
  • Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Kyushu Plant
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    Saga Saga-shi Morodomicho Morodomitsu 450
    Ajinomoto factory is located in Morodomitsu, Morodomi Town, Saga City, and offers factory tours (reservations required). Visitors can experience the various tastes of amino acid, view the display of the history of Ajinomoto, and explore the factory grounds by bus.

    バス案内中心の工場見学です。ネットにて予約可能です。到着すると、控え室に案内され、その後スクリーンを使った味の素の原料や創業や工場などの説明。そして味噌汁に味の素を使用する前と後での比較の試飲。そして、工場内のバス見学へ。要所要所で、バスを停めバス内で映像をつかった施設の説明。最後にお土産売り場や商品展示の施設へ案内され終了でした。お土産は、マヨネーズ、アミノバイタル、スープの素、ミニミニ味の素...

  • Roadside Station Yamato Soyokaze-kan
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Yamato-chomeno 805
    A roadside station situated along National Route 263 in Umeno, Yamato-cho, Saga City. The station sells fresh, local vegetable, Matsuume rice, and other agricultural products; dried persimmons (a local specialty product) and ice cream and yokan jelly made with dried persimmons; and craft goods like Nao washi Japanese paper. The adjoining bread bakery also offers dried persimmon soft serve ice cream. Adjoined by a caravan campground, visitors can also enjoy barbecuing and fishing here (visitors must bring their own fishing gear).
  • Terraced Rice Fields of Hamanoura
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    Saga Pref. Higashimatsuragungenkaichou Hamanoura
    A terraced rice field area located in Hamanoura, Genkai Town, Higashimatsuura County, Saga Prefecture. The 11.5-hectare area consists of 283 terraced rice fields of varying shapes and sizes built on slopes facing a cove. Visitors can enjoy such seasonal sights as the terraced rice fields filled with water and sun set over the ocean beyond. There are observatories in the area from which visitors can take in the fields and on long holidays the place bustles with tourists.
  • Irohajima Observatory
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Hizenmachimitsukoshi 314
    Located at the Urigasaka-iriguchi bus stop, a 30-minute drive from Karatsu Station, this observation deck was set up on a hill overlooking the scenic spot of the Genkai Quasi-National Park and various large and small islands in Imari Bay. Iroha Island is the generic name for 48 large and small islands in Imari Bay, and it is said that they were named by Kukai (Koko Daishi, a great Buddhist priest) after 48 letters in the Japanese kana characters. From the observation deck, you can see Hirado Island, Takashima Island and the Sefuri and Kunimi mountain range, as well as the rias coastline surrounding the island and the gallant sight of distant mountains. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets, slopes and diaper changing tables, and guide dogs are also welcome.
  • Arita Folk and History Museum East Building / Arita Ware Sankokan Museum
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    Saga Nishimatsuura-gun Aritacho Izumiyama 1-4-1
    A museum founded in 1978 next to the Izumiyama Quarry, said to be the starting point for Arita ware ceramics. It exhibits tools used for making Arita ware and documents, as well as craftsmen's tags and business plaques produced during the Edo period. You can access the Sankokan Museum from the Folk and History Museum's entrance. It exhibits pieces of pottery excavated in Arita town from the sites of previous kilns.

    泉山採石場に見学に来たら、隣に歴史民俗資料館がありました。有田町歴史民俗資料館の館内には、江戸時代、皿山会所から下附された「釜焼名代札」や各種の職人札、あるいは有田焼を製造する際に使用した道具類や文書類、有田焼のルーツを紹介する資料館で、入館料は100円で、なかなか見応えのある内容でした。

  • Mitsuse Le Vert Donguri Village
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Mitsusemurayuzuriha 2234-67
    This is a theme park with the feel of a southern French village, where one can enjoy bountiful nature and contact with animals. On the huge site there are cattle barns and pastures, a small animals building where one can pet hamsters and chipmunks, as well as restaurants, a wine shop and a souvenir shop. There is also a wealth of activities on offer including cow-milking, horse riding, and caramel and wiener-making, making it a great place to spend time and have fun.
  • Chikugo River Lift Bridge
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Morodomichoutameshige Ishizuka
    Spanning the mouth of the Chikugo River and boasting a total length of 507 meters, this is hailed as the best movable iron bridge in the East. Since the water level of the Chikugo River is significantly affected by the differences in the ebb and flow of the Ariake Sea, a movable type of bridge was adopted where the movable crossbeam of the bridge was only lowered to connect the railway lines when a train was passing through, allowing ships to go out and return at all other times. Although the train tracks have been in disuse since the Saga Line was abandoned in 1987, it was restored as promenade to serve as a symbol of the town in 1996. It is now Japan’s oldest bridge in operation and was designated a National Important Cultural Property in 2003.

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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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