Nature Spots in Saga Area

  • 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.
  • Nanatsugama Caves
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yakataishi
    This is a group of seven sea caves which stand in a row along the coast of Karatsu City in Saga Prefecture. It is a scenic spot formed by the erosion of the basalt cliff face which reaches a height of 40 meters by the violent waves. If you board a pleasure boat, you can see the powerful rocks up close. In 1925, the caves were designated as National Natural Monuments as “the seven pots of Yakataishi”.
  • 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."
  • Kiyomizu-no-taki Waterfall
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    Saga Pref. Ogishi Ogimachimatsuo
    "Located around 25 minutes' drive from the Saga Yamato Interchange on the Nagasaki Expressway, Kiyomizu-no-taki Waterfall on the upper reaches of Kiyomizu River has been included in the list of ""100 Most Beautiful Rivers, Springs and Waterfalls in Japan."" The impressive sight of the 13 meter-wide stream of clear water crashing down from a height of 75 meters led to the waterfall being given the alternative name Tamasudare (""Beaded Screen""). Kiyomizu-no-taki Waterfall has since ancient times been associated with the worship of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, and Kiyomizu Kannon Hochi-in Temple located at the outlet of the waterfall's plunge pool is famous as a sacred spot for meditating by a waterfall. The area near the waterfall is known as the ""retreat"" of the city of Ogi, and has many restaurants serving carp dishes, which are a famous local specialty; in the summer months, many people visit the waterfall and the surrounding area to escape the oppressive summer heat. In the autumn, the autumn foliage gives the area near the waterfall a different but equally beautiful appearance."
  • Mt. Kagamiyama
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kagami
    A mountain located in Kagami, Karatsu City. A scenic, curve-filled driving course in the area extends from the Karatsu bypass and Prefectural Route 250 towards the mountain's 284-meter-high summit. Known for its picturesque scenery which is even mentioned in the ancient ''Man'yoshu'' poetry anthology, the mountain offers sweeping views of the streets of Karatsu City, Karatsu Bay, and the famous Niji no Matsubara pine grove. In addition, visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms, azaleas, and other seasonal sights. The mountain is also a popular hang-gliding destination.
  • Todoroki no Taki Park
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    Ureshino, Saga Prefecture Ureshino Town
    A park located in Shimojuku, Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. The park centers on Todoroki Falls, a three stage, 11-meter-tall waterfall which sounds like roaring thunder located on the upper reaches of the Ureshino River a kilometer away from the Ureshino Onsen. A nearby bridge offers an optimum view of the falls. The park also has a baseball field. In addition, the grounds are a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing in the spring.
  • Cape Hado
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Chinzeimachihado
    A cape jutting out from the Higashimatsuura Peninsula in Hado Chinzei-machi, Karatsu City. From here visitors can take in a gorgeous view-the sun setting on the Genkai Sea is particularly spectacular. Nearby are a beach, inexpensive government operated hotel, and campground. The area is also known for grilling turban shell in the shell. There is an underwater observation tower at the end of a wharf on the cape and from here visitors can see fish and other creatures living seven meters below the surface of the ocean.
  • Tategami-iwa Rocks
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Minatomachi
    "Located a 50-minute drive from the Taku Interchange on the Nagasaki Expressway, these two huge basaltic pillars that are particularly eye-catching even among the many boulders lined up along the shore of the Minato district, a scenic area facing the Genkai Pass. The rocks, with circumferences of six meters and heights of 30 meters, were created by the erosion of waves and appear to stand side by side, which it why they are also called ""Meoto Iwa"" (the Wedded Rocks.) The coast just west of Tategami Rock is a popular spot that is said to be the birthplace of surfing in Kyushu. Throughout the year, there is an endless line of surfers fighting against the rough waters of the Genkai Sea."
  • Ryumonkyo Gorge
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    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Hiroseyama
    Located an approximately 20-minute drive from the Hasami-Arita Interchange on the Nishi-Kyushu Expressway, this valley is situated upstream from the Ryumon Dam, and makes up a corner of Kurokamiyama National Park. The flowing water is so clean that it was chosen as one of the Top 100 Famous Water and the Top 100 Forested Water, and it is famous for its river fish dishes such as carp, eel and sweetfish raised in this water. There is a promenade along the valley, and you can enjoy the walk to Mt. Kurokami while enjoying cherry blossoms in the spring, brilliant greenery in the summer, and colorful leaves in the autumn. There is also a campsite nearby.
  • Kabe Island
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    Saga Prefecture Yotsukocho, Karatsu
    An island in the Genkai Sea 500 meters from Port in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture. Thanks to the Yobuko Ohashi Bridge, which opened in April 1989, the island is easily accessible by car. An expanse of tranquil rural scenery and grasslands, Kazenomieruoka Park and a local specialty products market overlook Yobuko Ohashi Bridge, and the island is fast become a popular sightseeing destination. Visitors can also experience ancient history here - the early sixth century Hisagozuka Tumulus as well as Tashima Shrine, said to be the oldest Shinto shrine in the prefecture, are located on the north side of the island. In addition, visitors can enjoy fresh squid and other seafood cuisine.
  • Kashibaru Marsh
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Nanayamaikebaru
    This is a beautiful marshy area of 12 hectares at an altitude of 600 meters, also known as the “Ose of Kyushu.” Here, nature remains unspoiled with 60 species of marsh plant, insects and wild birds inhabiting the area. Beautiful flowers such as buckbean and water shield bloom among the seasons, with the best time being August when the fringed orchids are a must-see for their beautiful flowers that resemble a white heron opening its wings for flight.
  • Daichaju
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    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Fudoyama Otsu 2491-1
    One of the symbols of Ureshino City, this enormous tea tree is 4.6 meters tall and has a crown of about 80 square meters. Yoshimura Shinbei is said to be the originator of Ureshino tea; he encouraged the cultivation of tea throughout the Sarayadani Valley of Mt. Fudo in the 1600s. Said to be 350 years old, this is the only tea tree left from that period. There are still tea fields there that stretch as far as the eye can see.
  • Domeki Falls Fureaikan
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    Saga Saga-shi Mitsusemura Sanze 2648-3
    A small waterfall in Mitsuse Village, Saga City and the setting of a tragic local story of double suicide. Long ago the waterfall had a larger drop, and the sound of the water falling was said to resemble a dragon's roar. That's how it got its name. Domeki Falls Fureaikan is on the banks of the Naruse River on the upper reaches of the Kase River.
  • Kawakamikyo Gorge
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    Saga Saga-shi Yamatocho Kawakami
    "Also called the ""Arashiyama of Kyushu,"" legend says the Shinto deity Yodohime likes this place. Riverside Park Kawakami with its beautiful cherry trees on the upper reaches of the river is a good place to relax. From April to early May colorful carp banners wave there, and in August there's a firework display and they float paper lanterns on the river."
  • Mitsuse Pass
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Sawara-ku Magaribuchi
  • Higashiyoka Kaigan
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    Saga Saga-shi Higashi-yokacho
  • Mt.Kizan
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    Saga
  • Mt.Tenzan
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    Saga
  • Kannonnotaki
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    Saga Karatsu-shi Nanayama Takigawa
  • Nijinomatsubara Kaigan
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    Saga Karatsu-shi Hamatamamachi Hamasaki

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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