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  • Saga-jinja Shrine
    67 Reviews
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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...

  • 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.


  • Chiriku Hachimangu Shrine
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    Saga Pref. Miyakigunmiyakichou Shirakabe 2403
    "A Shinto shrine located in Shirakabe, Miyaki Town, Miyaki County, Saga Prefecture. Records state the shrine was founded in 724. During the Okayu Dameshi fortune telling event (popularly known as ""Okai-san"") held each year on March 15, a bowl of okayu rice porridge made on February 26 and offered to the gods is made viewable to the public; the pattern of mold on the porridge is said to predict whether the future brings good luck or bad luck, rich harvests or disasters, and the festival is considered one of the three great okayu rice porridge festivals of Japan."
  • Karatsu Shrine
    81 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Minamijounai 3-13
    A Shinto shrine located in Minamijonai, Karatsu City. Records state this ancient shrine was established in the distant Nara period. Famous for the Karatsu Kunchi, a large autumn festival held each year from November 2 through 4, many tourists come to watch the festival parade consisting of 14 colorful traditional floats. This festival has also been designated a National Important Intangible Folk-Cultural Property.

    Karatsu shrine is well known for its Kunchi festival. This time, I went there not for the festival, but just passed by as I went to Karatsu castle for Hanami. A white Torii gate at the entrance is...

  • Sueyama Shrine (Tozan Shrine)
    47 Reviews
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    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Odaru 2-5-1
    A Shinto shrine located in 2-Chome Odaru, Arita Town, Nishimatsuura County, Saga Prefecture. Dedicated to primarily Emperor Ojin, the shrine is also dedicated to Nabeshima Naoshige, former lord of Saga Domain; and Yi Sam-pyeong, the forefather of Ariake ware. Viewed as a patron shrine of pottery, the grounds are dotted with pottery, such as a ceramic torii gate and ceramic lion-dog statues. The shrine also sells Ariake ware charms.

    Arita itself is worthy of a visit and this shrine is unique in its location and the porcelain tori gate.

  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Inasa Shrine
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    Saga Kishima-gun Shiroishicho Heta
  • Kaido Shrine
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    Saga Kishima-gun Shiroishicho Fukaura Ryuo
  • Kuzuwara Shrine
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    Saga Karatsu-shi Kitahata Tanaka
  • Tamashima Shrine
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    Saga Karatsu-shi Hamatamamachi Minamiyama
  • Gokoku Shrine
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    Saga Saga-shi Kawaharamachi
  • Takashi Shrine
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    Saga Kanzaki-shi
  • Kurokami Shrine
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    Saga Takeo Yamauchicho Miyano 1038-2
  • Mishima Shrine
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    Saga Higashimatsuura-gun Genkaicho Ishida
  • Yamada Shrine
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    Saga Nishimatsuura-gun Aritacho Yamadani Maki
  • Azumaya Shrine
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    Saga Tosu-shi Ushiwaramachi
  • Nigita Shrine
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    Saga Saga-shi Morodomicho Tameshige
  • Jinhiyama Shrine
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    Saga Pref. Kanzakishi Kanzakimachikuha 1692

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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