Sightseeing Spot Spots in Saga Area

  • 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...

  • Kunenan
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    Saga Pref. Kanzakishi Kanzakimachikuha
    "A National Place of Scenic Beauty located in Ikuwa, Kanzaki-machi, Kanzaki City. The site consists of a garden and a villa which was built by Saga businessman Yataro Itami in 1892. Its name literally means the ""Nine Year Hermitage,"" a reference to the nine years it took to complete the garden. The site is opened to the general public each year in the fresh verdure of spring and the autumn foliage of fall."

    When you are in Fukuoka/Hakata in autumn, be sure to visit the villa at Kunanen Garden if the timing is right. The garden and villa are open only 9 days in the autumn so you have to check online to...

  • Imari Nabeshima Pottery Gallery
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    Saga Imari Okawachicho Otsu 1806
    "This pottery town showcases ""Nabeshima porcelain"". In 1675, the Nabeshima clan relocated a pottery kiln from Arita to Okawachiyama, and many kilns were created there. At the time, the technique of firing glazed porcelain in a high temperature kiln was kept secret, and for that reason, the Nabeshima feudal clan established checkpoints to strictly control the entrances and exits of Okawachiyama. Even today traces of the old town and checkpoints remain scattered around the city. Many potters still produce pottery and visitors can observe kilns and purchase ceramic wares."

    伊万里焼の窯元が集まる大川内鍋島窯跡にある伊万里鍋島焼会館 軽食・喫茶コーナーです。 伊万里牛すじカレーを頂きました。 1300円のドリンク付きセットをオーダー。カレーにはトロトロの牛スジがたっぷりで、程よいスパイスのカレーと良く合います。ホットコーヒーも美味しかったです。 器は伊万里焼きが使われており、伊万里で伊万里牛を伊万里焼きで頂けて良かったです。

  • 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.
  • Underwater Torii
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    Saga Fujitsu-gun Taracho Tara 1874-9 Chinai
  • Mikaeri no Taki Waterfalls
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Ouchichouikisa
    "Mikaeri no Taki Waterfalls are on the Ikisa River, which has its source on Mt. Sakurei, in the northern part of Ochi Town. The falls have a drop of around 100 meters, and are included in the ""Top 100 Waterfalls of Japan."" Mikaeri no Taki Waterfalls are famous as a good spot for fishing, and also because of the many beautiful hydrangeas growing in the area near the falls. The first few hydrangeas were planted by an elderly lady whose family ran the nearby Seiryuso restaurant; other local residents subsequently planted more, and there are now approximately 40,000 hydrangea plants belonging to around 50 different varieties. ""Mikaeri no Taki Hydrangea Festival"" is held every year in June. There are hiking paths and a suspension bridge, and during the festival the hydrangeas are illuminated."
  • Kazenomieruoka Park
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochoukabeshima 3279-1
    A park located on Kabe Island in Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City. Located on a hill on Kabe Island on the opposite side of the Yobuko Ohashi Bridge from Tononoura, the park offers a sweeping view encompassing the Genkai Sea, Yobuko Bay, and Yobuko Ohashi Bridge. The park is symbolized by its famous white windmill. Other facilities include a rest house.
  • Ariake Sea Tidal Flat Experience
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    Saga Kashima-shi Otonari Ko 4427-6 Roadside Station Kashima
    Ariake Sea Tidal Flat Experience programs are held from mid-April to October on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, including Golden Week in May. Reception is at Roadside Station Kashima on the Ariake Sea; it is fully equipped with changing rooms and hot showers. After an introduction on how to make the most of your time at the tidal flats, you'll be able to enjoy them as you please. You might even encounter mudskippers. Reservations are required except for during summer vacation when individuals, families, and small groups can join in without one.

    何度か九州を旅したことはあるのですが 興味はあれど、未訪問だった、有明の干潟。 調べると、熊本の「荒尾」 佐賀市の「干潟よか公園」と並んで… いえ「体験」と言う意味では際立って 充実しているのが、ここ、鹿島の 「干潟展望館」でした。 11月に入ると気温が下がり 「体験」は終わってしまうそうですが 10月いっぱいは(気温次第で)体験、楽しめるようです。 服や、タオルなど、注意書きをあらかじめよ...

  • Izumiyama Magnet Field
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    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Izumiyama 1-5
    Pottery stone, a raw material used to make Arita ware, was excavated here. Pottery stone was discovered here by Korean potter Yi Sam-pyeong in the early Edo period, giving rise to the first porcelain produced in Japan. Highly collectible early and old Imari ware were also made with the pottery stone from this site. The site is no longer used for mining but visitors can view the area from beyond a fence.
  • Ogi Park
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    Saga Pref. Ogishi Ogimachi Honcho 185
    A park located in Ogi-machi, Ogi City. The park's grounds enclose a Shinto shrine, the former Ogi Domain Residence, and the Jirakuen, a garden created by Nabeshima Motoshige and Nabeshima Naoyoshi, the first and second lords of Ogi Domain, respectively. There are also tennis courts. A renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing, as well, some 3,000 cherry trees grow on the grounds. In addition, azaleas and wisteria bloom in the park from mid-April to May.
  • Ureshino Onsen Fireflies
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    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Iwayagawachi Dam Area
    Ureshino Onsen is considered one of Japan's top three hot springs with skin beautifying properties. From late May until mid-June you can also view the fireflies there. Until the beginning of June, there's a Firefly Viewing Bus exclusively for those staying over at Ureshino Onsen. It brings guests to a viewing spot on the upper reaches of the Ureshino Iwayagawachi Dam a little outside town. If you're staying at an Ureshino Onsen Ryokan Association member facility and seats are still available, you can make a reservation until 17:00 on the day.
  • Kumanokawa Onsen Fireflies
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    Saga Saga-shi Fujicho
    Located 200-meters above sea level on the upper reaches of the Kase River, Furuyu Onsen has a long history. The Eiryu spring (today's Eiryu Onsen) was discovered in the time of Emperor Korei, and Kakureisen was discovered during the time of Empress Koken by two old men. If you stay at one of seven participating inns from the middle to the end of June, you can also participate in firefly viewing (reservations required).
  • Gion River Fireflies
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    Saga Ogi-shi Ogimachi Matsuo
    "Gion River is one of the best-known spots for fireflies in Kyushu, with a species called Genjibotaru active from late May to early June. With fireflies numbering in the hundreds of thousands, the area has been selected as one of Japan's ""Top 100 Spots for Local Wildlife."" Free shuttle buses are also available during the peak season."
  • Ushinoo Plum Grove
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    Saga Ogi-shi Ogimachi Ikenoue 3999-4 Surrounding area
    About 5,000 plum trees burst into bloom from late February to early March across the Mt. Ushio area. During the season, plum growers and local residents in the Sanri area hold a plum blossom festival every year. At that time there's a stage with various events, sales of specialty products made with plums, and other activities. It's held at the center of Ushinoo Plum Grove; there's a 20-car parking lot, but during the festival, traffic is restricted, and a shuttle bus operates.
  • Ryosenji Temple Ruins
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    Saga Kanzaki-gun Yoshinogaricho Matsuguma
    This Buddhist temple is said to have been founded in 709 on the orders of Empress Genmei by the priest Tanyo Shonin. While it was once one of the Kyushu's most important temples, today only the Otogohodo sanctuary from the Edo period remains. It is said to be the birthplace of Japanese tea cultivation.
  • Take Terrace Rice Fields
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    Saga Nishimatsuura-gun Aritacho Take Otsu 4214-71 (Tanada)
    Stepped rice terraces that are the result of the ingenuity and hard work of farmers over the years making effective use of the mountainous terrain. They are often found in the Sanya area of Arita. The ones in the Gaku district are so scenic they were selected as one of the Top 100 Terraced Rice Fields in Japan in 1999.
  • Arita's Giant Ginkgo Tree
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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.
  • Kawago no Okusu
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    Saga Takeo Wakakicho Kawago 7845-1
    This giant camphor tree ranks fifth among the nation's giant trees. The tree is said to be over 3,000 years old and is designated as a national natural monument. The tree is 25 m tall, with a trunk circumference of 21 m and branches stretching 27 m from east to west and north to south.The main trunk is hollowed out and a stone monument of Inari is enshrined. Legend has it that in the Nara period (710-794), the famous monk Gyoki visited the tree and carved a standing image of the Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) on a part of the camphor tree, with a six-armed Kannon inlaid on the head. The statue of Kannon, which was detached from the trunk, is now enshrined in the hall.
  • Giant Camphor Tree of Tsukazak
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    Saga Takeo Takeo 5563-2
    Located behind the Takeo City Cultural Hall, this ancient camphor tree is said to be over 2,000 years old and is designated as a natural monument of Takeo City. It was struck by lightning in 1963 and lost more than 9 meters of its main trunk, but it is still the third largest tree in the prefecture, with a trunk circumference of 13.6 meters, a height of 18.0 meters, branches extending 18.0 meters east to west and 15.0 meters north to south.
  • Mifunegaoka Plum Grove
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    Saga Takeo Takeocho Takeo 5166
    "The plum grove stretches approximately 165,000 square meters on the east side of the foot of Mt. In 1942, a plum grove was established for foreign students attending the ""Ryo-ran Juku,"" a school opened for Sino-Japanese friendship and exchange, and many of the plum trees from that time still remain. Every year when the plum trees are in full bloom, you can see a carpet of plum blossoms that is called ""10,000 plum trees at a glance."

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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