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  • The Former Takatori Residence
    122 Reviews
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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...

  • Hizen Hamashuku
    33 Reviews
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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...

  • Okuma Shigenobu Memorial Museum Former Residence
    29 Reviews
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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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Former Karatsu Bank
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    Saga Karatsu-shi Honmachi 1513-15
    "This historic building is on the Karatsu-kaido Road in Hon-machi, Karatsu City. The building, completed in 1912, was designed by Minoru Tanaka, an apprentice of the designer of Tokyo Station, Tatsuno Kingo. The bank building is of a Victorian design incorporating Japanese style, known as the ""Tatsuno style"". The building was used as a bank until 1997, and then donated to the city. It has since been designated as an Important Cultural Property of the city and is now open to the public free of charge."
  • Yoshimura Residence
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    Saga Saga-shi Fujicho Kamimutsuro 2856
    A valuable suguya-style minka house in the mountains of northern Saga constructed in 1789. The oldest building in Saga Prefecture, it was designated a national Important Cultural Property in 1974. It underwent large scale repairs and restoration work in 1983. It is a wooden single-story building with a thatched roof and has a unique appearance with smoke vents above the stove and hearth.
  • Saga City History & Folklore Museum
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    Saga Saga-shi Yanagimachi 2-9
    A folklore museum that maintains and preserves the city's remaining historical buildings for future generations while making use of the heritage. The Former Koga Bank, Former Koga Residence, and Former Ushijima Residence opened in 1997; the Former Sansho Bank and Former Fukuda Residence opened to the public in 2000.These five buildings are all designated as Important Cultural Properties of Saga City.
  • Former Sansho Bank
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    Saga Saga-shi Yanagimachi 3-12
    This building was constructed in 1882 to handle the banking operations of Sanshosha company stores. It became Saga City property in 1998 when the city bought up the land. The exterior has an arched kirizuma gabled roof, copper-plated windows, and stucco walls; the chandelier stucco ornamentation on the second-floor ceiling sets it apart from ordinary houses. It was designated as an Important Cultural Property of the city in 1999.
  • Former Residence of Genboku Ito
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    Saga Kanzaki-shi Kanzakimachi
    At the end of the Tokugawa period, Ito Genboku studied Dutch medicine with Siebold at the Narutakijuku in Nagasaki. His great contributions to modern medicine include being the first to introduce the vaccine for smallpox to Japan and founding the Western Medicine Academy, the predecessor of today's Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tokyo. The Former Residence of Ito Genboku was built in 1821 when he was a 20-year old doctor of Chinese herbal medicine. It was designated a Saga Prefecture Historic Site in 1973.
  • Ijinkan
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    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Koubira 1-2-6
  • Shimomurakojinseika
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    Saga Pref. Kanzakishi Chiyodachousakimura 895-1
  • Ashibenokan
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    Saga Pref. Kanzakishi Kanzakimachiyokotake

Saga 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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