Travel / Tourism Spots in Saga / Tosu / Yoshinogari 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-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...

  • Former Koga Bank
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    Saga Saga-shi Yanagimachi 2-9

    This is not just a museum inside just one block. It is a collection of 7 historical houses built in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th. A glimpse into the enthnography of a part of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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。

  • Roadside Station Yoshinogari Sazanka Senbokan
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    Saga Pref. Kanzakigunyoshinogarichou Matsuguma 1710-11
    A roadside station situated along National Route 385 in Matsuguma, Yoshinogari Town, Kanzaki County, Saga Prefecture. Facilities include a farmer's market selling local agricultural products; a bakery selling fresh baked bread made with Mt. Sefuri natural spring water; and the Kajitsu Kobo Shin Sun Yoshinogari Shop, which sells parfaits, jellies, and choux cremes made with fresh, seasonal fruit. There's also an observatory from which visitors can get a sweeping view of the surrounding mountains.
  • Saga Jofuku Chojukan Museum
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Kinryumachi Kinryu 1197-166
    "Located approximately five minutes from the Saga-Yamato Interchange on the Nagasaki Expressway, this is main facility of the ""Kinryu Park Jofuku no Sato Medicinal Botanical Garden,"" which was created on the theme of health and longevity in connection with Jofuku (Xu Fu) who has a connection to Saga. Jofuku, who went on a quest for a panacea for immortality, is said to have found the medicinal herb furofuki (wild ginger) in the land of Saga, and the facility introduces its trajectory and legend. In the adjacent herb garden, there are about 50,000 plants from about 500 species of medicinal plants including furofuki. It is possible to drive in from the Kinryu Service Area on the Nagasaki Expressway."

    高速のSAから直接行ける場所なので以前から存在は知っていましたが、中にはいったのは初めてでした。今回は、高速経由ではなく公園の駐車場に車を停めました。JAFの会員証で割引(200円)で入場しました。最初に薬草茶をいただきました。解説のスタッフが今、外に出ているということで、自分で中を見学して、外に出ようとすると、スタッフが戻ってきましたとのこと。「30分ほどでご説明します」ということでしたが、車で...

  • Roadside Station Yamato Soyokaze-kan
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Yamato-chomeno 805
    A roadside station situated along National Route 263 in Umeno, Yamato-cho, Saga City. The station sells fresh, local vegetable, Matsuume rice, and other agricultural products; dried persimmons (a local specialty product) and ice cream and yokan jelly made with dried persimmons; and craft goods like Nao washi Japanese paper. The adjoining bread bakery also offers dried persimmon soft serve ice cream. Adjoined by a caravan campground, visitors can also enjoy barbecuing and fishing here (visitors must bring their own fishing gear).
  • Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Kyushu Plant
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    Saga Saga-shi Morodomicho Morodomitsu 450
    Ajinomoto factory is located in Morodomitsu, Morodomi Town, Saga City, and offers factory tours (reservations required). Visitors can experience the various tastes of amino acid, view the display of the history of Ajinomoto, and explore the factory grounds by bus.

    バス案内中心の工場見学です。ネットにて予約可能です。到着すると、控え室に案内され、その後スクリーンを使った味の素の原料や創業や工場などの説明。そして味噌汁に味の素を使用する前と後での比較の試飲。そして、工場内のバス見学へ。要所要所で、バスを停めバス内で映像をつかった施設の説明。最後にお土産売り場や商品展示の施設へ案内され終了でした。お土産は、マヨネーズ、アミノバイタル、スープの素、ミニミニ味の素...

  • Suisha no Sato Yugakukan
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    Saga Kanzaki-shi Kanzakimachi
    A facility with a Niiyama waterwheel reminiscent of days gone by that was restored in 1995. In the Meiji era, there were more than 60 waterwheels in the Niiyama area utilizing the headwaters of the Jobaru River. It's said the area bustled during that time with carpenters and operators of waterwheels and young farmers from the plains with wagons loaded with wheat. The hall's displays include waterwheel related items and waterwheel powered marionettes performing the Ondamai dance from Niiyama-jinja Shrine.

    三連水車の形を模した建物です。室内に物産スペースはなく、水車の歴史や水車の種類など、学習スペースのようでした。入館は無料でしたが、もう少し楽しめるものがあってもいいのかな、と思いました。

  • Mitsuse Le Vert Donguri Village
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Mitsusemurayuzuriha 2234-67
    This is a theme park with the feel of a southern French village, where one can enjoy bountiful nature and contact with animals. On the huge site there are cattle barns and pastures, a small animals building where one can pet hamsters and chipmunks, as well as restaurants, a wine shop and a souvenir shop. There is also a wealth of activities on offer including cow-milking, horse riding, and caramel and wiener-making, making it a great place to spend time and have fun.
  • Saga Castle Ruins
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Jounai
    "This castle ruins site is located in Saga City, Saga Prefecture. A symbol of Saga City, the former castle belonged to the Nabeshima clan, who ruled the then-Saga Domain, valued at 360 thousand ""koku"" of rice. The only original structures remaining today are the Shachi-no-mon inner citadel gate, tsuzuki-yagura linked turrets, and stone walls. Beyond the gate, a portion of the inner citadel palace has been restored. The Shachi-no-mon gate and linked turrets have been designated National Important Cultural Properties. The moat and surrounding area encircling the castle has been turned into the prefectural Saga Castle Park, and here visitors can enjoy the sight of cherry blossoms and azaleas when in season."
  • 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.
  • Saga Prefectural Art Museum
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Jounai 1-15-23
    An art museum located inside Saga Castle Park in Jonai, Saga City. The museum's collection primarily consists of pieces by artists connected to the prefecture as well as modern paintings and sculptures. A standing exhibition introduces the works of modern Western-style painter Okada Saburosuke. The museum also holds a variety of special exhibitions. The museum is adjoined by the Saga Prefectural Museum.
  • Tosu Berry Forest
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    Saga Pref. Tosushi Todorokimachi
    This fruit farm is in Tosu City, Saga Prefecture. It uses the latest multilevel growing tables so you can pick strawberries without having to bend over. The facility is also barrier free, so wheelchair uses can also pick their own, and there are accessible toilets as well. There are different varieties of strawberry to pick growing across the seasons, and they take reservations for activities like making strawberry jam.

    実は、あまりイチゴは好きではないのだが、社員旅行だったので行ってみました。はじめてのイチゴ狩り。人生で一番イチゴを食べた日になりました。

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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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