Observatory / Outlook Spots in Saga Area

  • Mt. Kagami Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kagami Mountain summit
    A viewing platform at the top of Mt. Kagami, a mountain once visited by numerous poets in the Nara period (710–794) and much praised in the poems of the Man'yoshu (The Ten Thousand Leaves), Japan’s oldest poetry anthology. 283 meters above sea level, this popular photo spot offers a spectacular view of Nijinomatsubara and Karatsu Bay. Approximately 15 minutes by train from JR Nijinomatsubara Station.
  • Irohajima Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Hizenmachimitsukoshi 314
    Located at the Urigasaka-iriguchi bus stop, a 30-minute drive from Karatsu Station, this observation deck was set up on a hill overlooking the scenic spot of the Genkai Quasi-National Park and various large and small islands in Imari Bay. Iroha Island is the generic name for 48 large and small islands in Imari Bay, and it is said that they were named by Kukai (Koko Daishi, a great Buddhist priest) after 48 letters in the Japanese kana characters. From the observation deck, you can see Hirado Island, Takashima Island and the Sefuri and Kunimi mountain range, as well as the rias coastline surrounding the island and the gallant sight of distant mountains. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets, slopes and diaper changing tables, and guide dogs are also welcome.
  • Oura Terraced Rice Fields Lookout
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Hizenmachioura hill
    This lookout has a splendid view of the Oura Terraced Rice Fields, designated as one of the top 100 rice field terraces in the country. The name refers to the rice terraces of three hamlets: Ouraoka, Ourahama, and Mitsukoshi. Its 1,100 fields cover an area of around 30 hectares. The contrast with Imari Bay in the background recalls the legend of Irohajima Islands where Kobo Daishi finds the scenery so beautiful, he throws his brush.
  • Tateiwa Observation Deck
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Iwayagawachi
  • Onoue Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Karatsu-shi Yobukocho Yobuko
  • 100 shunenkinento
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Kanzakigunyoshinogarichou Mitsu

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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