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  • Mifuneyama Rakuen
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    4.0
    206 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Takeo Takeocho Takeo 4100
    "Due to its resemblance in shape to a Chinese boat called a ""karasen"" in Japanese, Mt. Mifune is also called Mt. Karasen. This park is situated on the mountain's western side. The park was created over a three year period as part of a villa for Nabeshima Shigeyoshi, then lord of Takeo Domain. The park is incredibly beautiful in spring when some 2,000 cherry trees and 200 thousand azaleas on the grounds bloom in profusion. The sight of colorful azaleas sprawling like a patchwork quilt under azure sky is stunning, but the scenery created when the park is illuminated at night is also magical and exceptional."

    Been here several times, most recently a couple days ago. While most of the azaleas have fallen, the wisteria were still quite beautiful. Enjoy this venue year-round through spring, fall, and summer...

  • Takeo-jinja Shrine (The Great Takeo Camphor Tree)
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    4.5
    112 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Takeochou Takeo 5327
    This towering camphor tree is on the grounds of Takeo-jinja Shrine in Saga Prefecture. Follow the small path from the main hall through the bamboo grove and you'll find it. The seventh largest tree in Japan, it's 30 meters tall, 20 meters in diameter, and the branches spread for over 30 meters. The trunk is hollow, and the inside covers about 20 square meters. It's said to be 3,000 years old, and it's paid special respect as the shrine's sacred tree. A Shinto god known as Tenjin is enshrined in the cavity.

    Visited Takeo onsen temple and came across this giant tree. Nothing too impressive honestly it just a tree. One would probably spend 5 minutes to take a photo before headed to another spot. Can omit...

  • Ureshino Onsen Wataya Besso
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    3.5
    169 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Shimojuku Otsu 738
    This hot-spring inn is located in Shimojuku, Ureshino Town, Ureshino City, and is regarded as one of three major hot spring baths in Japan for promoting beautiful skin. It is said that the water from the inn's own source of Ureshino Hot Spring is beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism, nerve pain, skin diseases, women's diseases, anemia, cuts, and respiratory illnesses. The inn offers a large public bath made from natural granite and cypress, and an open-air bath and a private bath where you can hear the murmuring of Ureshino River nearby. Available for day use as well.

    I stayed one night at the Japanese room. The hotel is beautifully located next to the river. The hotel is very huge and has a beautiful Japanese garden. The decoration and the facade of the hotel...

  • Souan Yococho
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    4.0
    95 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachishimojuku Otsu 2190
    A tofu cuisine specialty restaurant located in Otsu Shimojuku, Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. The restaurant is known for having invented onsen yudofu tofu, a local Ureshino Onsen specialty dish. The establishment primarily serves kaiseki course meals and onsen yudofu set meals. The restaurant's homemade tofu for its onsen yudofu is notable for its creamy texture and rich flavor, which customers can enjoy along with the milky white onsen yudofu broth.

    We had a very good and memorable tofu lunch ! Tofu was very smooth and tasty. Went there for early lunch and it was not crowded. Comfortable and cosy place. Friendly staff. English menu available.

  • Ide Chanpon
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Kitagatachou Shiku 1928
    A Japanese diner situated along National Route 34 in Shiku, Kitagata-cho, Takeo City. The restaurant's champon, consisting of a rich tonkotsu pork bone broth and a heaping pile of crisp vegetables, has been made according to the same recipe since the establishment first opened its doors in 1949. In addition to champon, the restaurant also serves pork cutlet and other rice bowls as well as udon noodles.

    The location is quite far from the centre of Saga city, so you need to drive there. Though Nagasaki champon noodle is quite famous, it is worth eating this Saga one once. At first unique smell...

  • Hotel Kasuien
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachiwayagawachi Kou 333
    "A hot spring hotel located in Iwayagawachi Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. The hotel's bathhouse is supplied with water from Ureshino Onsen, a hot spring district considered to be one of Japan's three most skin beautifying hot springs alongside Hinokami Onsen and Kitsuregawa Onsen. An alkaline spring containing an abundance of sodium, its waters are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint inflammation, and fatigue. Facilities include a large indoor bath designed based on the themes of beauty and healing, a ""sky high"" outdoor bath on the top floor with a sweeping view of the streets of Ureshino, and completely private reservable baths. The hotel's bathhouse is also open to non-guests."

    5 mins walk to the centre of the area with lots of shops and restaurants. Car park is free and located just next to the hotel. Room is clean, not small and with free wifi. Onsen is good. Room is not...

  • SAGA PREF. SPACE and SCIENCE MUSEUM
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    4.0
    74 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Takeochou Nagashima 16351
    This is a science museum where one can learn and do activities related to the nature and history of Saga, as well as the evolution of the Earth, stars and space. It is divided into the permanent exhibits “Earth Discovery Zone,” “Space Discovery Zone,” and “Saga Discovery Zone,” with workshops, activities, and exhibits to experience including the “space trainer” used by real astronauts. The planetarium holds shows aimed at infants, families and the general public, and there is an astronomical observation meeting every Saturday evening. It is a facility where one can enjoy learning from many different angles.

    If you dont understand Japanese, dont bother to consider putting this in the itinerary. This place is more suitable for kids and locals.

  • Toyotamahime Shrine
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    3.5
    71 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    It is a small shrine, but the path which leads to the main building is quite long. It is located near spa resort area, you can take a walk after taking a bath. In this shrine, catfish is considered...

  • Ninja Village Hizen Yumekaido
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    3.5
    62 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachishimono Kou 716-1
    A theme park located in Ko, Shimono, Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. Recreating what the Nagasaki Kaido highway looked like in the early Edo period, visitors to the park can enjoy ninja-themed attractions like shuriken (star shaped weapon) throwing, blow darts, and a trick ninja house, as well as a ninja show, museum of ninja tools, and ninja costume activity. There's also a studio where you can make raku ware, a fortuneteller, a restaurant (only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) and a gift and souvenir shop.

    Good place for every one to learn how Ninja live, work and fight. Many Games to play, you will need about 3 to 4 hours to play and see the things. The only thing bad is the place is very old.

  • Ureshino Onsen Siebold no Yu
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachishimojuku Otsu 818-2
    A public bathhouse located in the Ureshino Onsen in Shimojuku, Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. Built in the gothic style, the bathhouse carries a charming, Taisho Roman atmosphere. In addition to a large indoor bath area and private reservable bath (which incorporate universal design principles), the bathhouse also has a citizen's art gallery. The baths are filled from a sodium - hydrogen carbonate - chloride spring whose waters are said to beautify the skin and treat such ailments as lower back pain, nerve pain, rheumatism, and women's diseases.

    Siebold no Yu is a public bath in Ureshino. It was named after a famous German doctor, but there is no direct relation to this facility. Its retro building, which is one of the landmarks of Ureshino...

  • Takeo Onsen Kyotoya
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    3.0
    60 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Takeochou Takeo 7266-7
    A hot spring hotel located in Takeo Takeo-cho, Takeo City. The hotel's bathhouse makes use of its own private simple hot spring. The spring's viscous waters are said to beautify the skin and treat such ailments as chronic women's diseases and gastrointestinal disorders as well as aid recovery from fatigue. Bathhouse facilities include an outdoor bath, open and airy indoor bath area with high ceilings, and a mist sauna. The bathhouse is also open to non-guests. In addition, the indoor bath area is open until 10:30 a.m. the following morning, making it possible to enjoy hot spring bathing all through the night.

    Convenient Location. Close to famous histrical place of Onsen 100 years ago. Also only 5minutes drive from main station. But Onsen (Bath) is not worth traveling. There are only 2baths...

  • Takeo Shrine
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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."

    It is about 15 minutes’ walk from JR Takeo station. From Takeo hot spring, it is about the same distance. The highlight of this shrine is 3000 years’ camphor tree. It is really remarkable. As I...

  • Hizen Hamashuku
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Takezaki Kaisan
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Fujitsuguntarachou Tara 4261-1
    A Japanese seafood restaurant situated along National Route 207 in Tara, Tara Town, Fujitsu County, Saga Prefecture. Here customers can enjoy fresh seafood grilled over a charcoal flame, such as Takezaki crab from the Ariake Sea and Takezaki oysters farm raised by the restaurant itself. The establishment also offers sides like sashimi, tempura, and rice dishes, and customers can take in a view of the Ariake Sea along with their meal.

    Takesaki Kaisan is a little bbq restaurant where you can pick from many different types of shellfish and cook yourself on a bbq. As there are only maybe 20 tables and a long waiting list, be prepared...

  • Takeo Onsen Bussankan
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Shopping
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Takeochou Shouwa 805
    A local specialty products market situated along the Takeo bypass in Showa, Takeo-cho, Takeo City. Here visitors can purchase local specialty products and souvenirs, including confections, seafood, tea, and pottery. There's also a farmer's market selling local farm vegetables. The market is adjoined by Okkasan no Ichizen Meshiya, a self-service side dish style restaurant where you can eat local home style cooking. The market also holds classes in which you can paint a traditional Yumino doll (advance reservation required).

    日帰りバスツアーで利用しました。いわゆる道の駅で、地元産の野菜や果物、お菓子、お土産物などを売っています。新鮮で安いです。

  • Kitagata Onsen Shiki no Sato Nanairo no Yu
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Kitagatachou Osaki 4300-1
    A hot spring hotel located in Osaki Kitagata-cho, Takeo City. The hotel's bathhouse is supplied by a natural sodium - hydrogen carbonate spring welling up from 1,200 meters underground. The waters of the spring contain a higher concentration of hot spring minerals than usual and are said to be especially good for nerve pain and skin diseases. Facilities include an outdoor bath, large indoor bath area, cascading waterfall bath, porcelain bath, barrel bath, traditional Goemon bath, and sauna. There's also a family bath (available Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) and a natural radium bedrock bath facility. The hotel's bathhouse is open to non-guests, as well, plus there are banquet facilities and a restaurant.

    到着してまず着いたのがスーパー銭湯の入口で、周囲には「岩盤浴」「家族風呂」等の看板は目に付きますが、宿泊客用の入口(宿の玄関)や駐車場がわかりにくく、困りました。 館内は土足厳禁で靴を1足ずつ¥100のロッカー(銭湯立ち寄り客用と同じ、コインは戻らない)に入れる決まりだそうで、外出等で出し入れするたびに¥100かかります。離れの宿泊でしたが、履いてきた靴はそこに置き、館内を通ってサンダルを借りて部...

  • Restaurant Sagagyu Hinkan
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Shimojuku Otsu 738 Nagomi Taya Besso
    A yakiniku Japanese barbecue and shabu-shabu (thinly sliced meat boiled with vegetables and dipped in sauce) restaurant with featuring Saga beef. It has a relaxed modern Japanese ambiance and private rooms are available. Recommendations include their hot spring boiled tofu shabu-shabu (a local favorite), Saga beef, Wakakusu Pork, and seasonal locally grown vegetables. Both their lunch and dinner menus are packed with options.

    高級感漂う店内です。夜は予約制です。嬉野名物の湯豆腐としゃぶしゃぶのコースをいただきました。店員の心配りも素晴らしく、素晴らしい時間を過ごせました。

  • Roadside Station Yamauchi
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Yamauchichou Mimasaka Kai 14967-2
    A roadside station situated along the Yamauchi bypass in Mimasaka, Yamauchi-cho, Takeo City. The station sells vegetables picked locally that very morning, seasonal flowers, local specialty products, and pottery. The adjoining restaurant serves an all-you-can-eat buffet consisting of additive-free dishes made with local fresh vegetables and black rice grown with Mt. Kurokami spring water.

    先日嬉野温泉から武雄温泉に向けてドライブ中立ち寄りました。目的は水分補給&一服。施設としては中規模、産直品やパンフ類の品揃えは並かなという印象。夏休み直前の店内ではカブトムシの実演販売中でした。別棟形式のレストランで珈琲タイムでも思いましたが、残念ながらまだ準備中。プランBとして、産直品売り場であま夏ゼリー(税込み180円)を買い求め、カブトムシ売り場に隣接した休憩スペースでイートイン。スッキリし...

  • Osteria Dell'uva
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Shimojuku Otsu 1273
    A casual Italian restaurant that opened in 2007. Using fresh local ingredients as well as items imported from Italy, they offer an array of authentic home-style dishes to satisfy even the most discerning tastes. For lunch they offer pizza and three meal sets. For dinner they serve pizza, a la carte items, and three evening meal sets (for parties of two or more).
  • Ureshino Ochachamura
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Ureshinoshi Ureshinomachiwayagawachi No. 3537
    A green tea processing factory situated along National Route 34 in Iwayagawachi, Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City. Surrounded by tea fields, inside visitors can see how tea is made. Visitors can also sample the factory's teas and purchase freshly- made tea leaves at reasonable prices in the factory's shop.

    Stopped by a green tea factory and shop in Ureshino Ochachamura at Saga Prefecture in way to Nagasaki. Tasted various green tea and bought cold green tea bags. Very nice and fragrant to drink cold.

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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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