History / Culture / Tour 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...

  • 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.

    If you are in somewhere in Kyushu and near Saga, stop for a visit to the Saga Castle museum. Audio tours in English and other languages are available and its free too. There are several fun...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Sueyama 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Karatsu City Furusato Kaikan Arpino
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Shinkoumachi 2881-1
    A local specialty products hall located close to Karatsu Station in Shinko-machi, Karatsu City. Here visitors can purchase famous Karatsu sweets like Shoro Manju buns; nori seaweed and other marine products from the Ariake Sea; Karatsu tea; processed agricultural products like yuzu pepper made with Kyuragi's specialty yuzu fruit; and other local specialty products and crafts. On the second floor, visitors will find a Karatsu ware display space and shop which also has a corner where you can try painting your own Karatsu ware piece.

    Bel centro storico arroccato su un colle con uno spuntone che guarda ad ovest verso il fiume.. bella da vedere e,da vivere!

  • Chokokan
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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.

    近隣は見応えあるスポットばかりとなっており、こちらにも立ち寄ってみました。歴史にはあまり興味がないですが、見応えがあり楽しめました。

  • Okuma Shigenobu Memorial Museum Former Residence
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    Saga Saga-shi Mizugae 2-11-11
    This historic building and museum located at 2-chome, Mizugae, Saga City has been designated as a national historic site. It is the birthplace and former home of Okuma Shigenobu, a politician who is also known as the founder of Waseda University. Personal belongings of Shigenobu Okuma are on display in the museum.

    佐賀出身の政治家で早稲田大学創設者、大隈重信の記念館。大隈重信の生誕地にあり、生家が復元されています。記念館は大隈重信の生涯を資料や写真で見学できます。大隈重信の肉声も流されています。記念館の建物じたいも見所の多い建築作品です。

  • Tashima-jinja Shrine
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    Saga Karatsu-shi Yobukocho Kabeshima 3956
    An old Shinto shrine in a small port town dedicated to a guardian deity of the sea. It is the only major shrine among the four Shikinai shrines in Hizen. Located on the coast and well preserved, the approximately 35,600 square meter natural evergreen broad-leaf forest there is a valuable botanical resource with outstanding plant life. In the grove behind the main shrine, there is a place that's thought to be a ceremony site (festival ground) with three large standing stones and two flat stones, as well as a boulder that's today called the Taiko Prayer Stone.

    加部島にある田島神社へ。田島神社は佐賀県で一番古い神社で格式高い神社との事。入口近くに空地があったのでそこに車を停めて向かいます。一見下り参道のように思えたが手水車で身を清めてからは石段を上がって行きます。石段を上がると田島神社の拝殿と朱色の佐與姫神社(佐用姫神社)があります。佐與姫神社は豪族の娘である松浦佐用姫が、恋仲となった大伴狭手彦の新羅出征で別れに耐え切れず加部島で七日七晩泣きはらした末に...

  • Nakatomi Memorial Medicine Museum
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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.

    花やしきで食事した後、すぐ向かいにあったので寄ってみました。入場料は大人300円。配置薬の歴史や、薬の原材料、今昔の薬など、薬にまつわる色々な物が展示されていて、とても興味深かったです。

  • Enichi-san Kodenji Temple (Soto School of Zen Buddhism)
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Honjoumachi Honjou 1112-1
    Located around 25 minutes' drive from the Saga Yamato Interchange on the Nagasaki Expressway, the Kodenji Temple is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Soto school of Zen Buddhism that was founded by Nabeshima Kiyofusa, the father of Nabeshima Naoshige, the first lord of the Nabeshima domain. During the lordship of Nabeshima Katsushige, the Nabeshima family donated additional temple buildings and land to the Kodenji Temple, which became the Nabeshima clan's family temple; the commemorative steles and votive lanterns of each successive lord of the Saga domain are neatly arranged within the temple precincts. The temple's Dainehan-zu (Painting of Nirvana) is one of only two such paintings in Japan, and is only put on display once a year, on April 19-20 during the Shakado Ceremony. Kodenji Temple is also famous as a place to view plum blossom; one particular Rose Plum tree called the Reitoku-kotobuki Plum is said to be around 400 years old, and has been designated by the city government as a Natural Monument.

    家内と一緒に数十年ぶりに梅の木を見に行きました。佐賀だけでなく日本の近代化にも大きく貢献した賢主鍋島家代々の墓所に何十本も植えられている梅の木は、3月のこの時期綺麗に咲いて訪問者を迎えてくれます。静かでゆっくりとした時間を過ごすにはとても良いお寺です。

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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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