Travel / Tourism Spots in Takeo / Ureshino Area

  • Takeo-jinja Shrine (The Great Takeo Camphor Tree)
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    4.5
    119 Reviews
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    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...

  • SAGA PREF. SPACE and SCIENCE MUSEUM
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    74 Reviews
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    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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    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...

  • Takeo Shrine
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    39 Reviews
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    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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    37 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...

  • Roadside Station Yamauchi
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    13 Reviews
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    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...

  • Takeo Onsen Bussankan
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    19 Reviews
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    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。

  • Yutoku Museum
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    11 Reviews
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    Saga Kashima-shi Furueda Otsu 1855
    A museum on the precincts of Yutoku-jinja Shrine, one of Japan's three main Shinto shrines dedicated to the deity Inari. It exhibits Yutoku Inari Shrine treasures as well as local historic and ethnic materials, arts, and crafts. Items you can view at the permanent exhibition include artifacts from Yutokuin Shrine, armor of the former Kashima clan's feudal lords, art swords, ceramics, paintings, and Kashima nishiki fabric. In addition, special exhibits on various themes are held year-round.

    祐徳稲荷神社から川を挟んだ反対側。小さい博物館でした。鍋島家の宝物が飾ってありましたが、時間がなければ行かなくてもいいと思います。

  • Hizen Yoshida-Yaki Pottery Hall
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    10 Reviews
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    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Yoshida Tei 4525-1
    A facility dedicated to Hizen Yoshida ware where you can experience making ceramics by hand and painting them. Hizen Yoshida ware is said to have originated with Yoshida Zaemon Iemune in 1577. It is often used for items like rice bowls, teacups, sake cups, teapots, and earthenware bottles. The hall exhibits and sells the leading work of the pottery studios around the ceramic district of Yoshida Saraya.

    This place, the capital of Saga Prefacture, is a place full of pottery things. Will come back again to see great pottery

  • Yoko Museum Keishu-En Japanese Garden
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    6 Reviews
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    Saga Takeo Takeocho Takeo 4075-3

    武雄温泉駅から徒歩で暫く歩いたホテルに隣接している美術館です。バスでも行けるようですが、運行本数が多いのか不明です。『横山大観展』が開催されていました。

  • Roadside Station Tara
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    Saga Pref. Fujitsuguntarachou Ifuku Kou 3488-2
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 207 in Ifuku Ko, Tara Town, Fujitsu County, Saga Prefecture. At the ""Tarafukukan"" farrmers market and local specialty products shop, visitors can purchase fresh, local vegetables, Tara mikan mandarin oranges, and other agricultural products; seafood from the Ariake Sea; and eggs from farms on the Taradake Highland. The station also sells medicinal herb ice cream, Saga beef croquettes, and other prepared foods. The Tajima ham sold here has received high praise in international competitions."
  • Hizenya
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    Saga Pref. Kashimashi Hamamachi Otsu 2761-2
    "A sake brewery open to tourists situated along National Route 207 in Hama-machi, Kashima City. Situated along Sakagura-dori Street (a street lined with many old sake breweries) which has been designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, this particular brewery has been making sake for four generations. Visitors can view the brewery, experience Japan's bygone Showa period in the ""Showa Room,"" and check out sightseeing destinations on the street. The brewery also offers sake tastings and its direct sales shop sells limited run products."

    佐賀県は九州では珍しい日本酒県なんです。鹿島市の肥前浜という駅の南側には、酒蔵通りという、今でもいくつかのつ酒蔵が残っている通りがありました。その通りの入り口にあったのが、こちらの峰松酒造場でした。 店内に入ると、たくさんの日本酒が並んでいて、試飲もできます。ハンドルキーパーの主人に代わって、いくつか試飲をして、「無濾過原酒 肥前浜宿」というお酒を購入しました。「原酒」だけあって、ちょっとアル...

  • Roadside Station Kashima
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    Saga Pref. Kashimashi Otonari Case 4427-6
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 207 in Otonari Kabuto, Kashima City. There's a farmer's market selling local agricultural and marine products as well as a sports park with a gymnasium and pool. Facing the tidal flats of the Ariake Sea, visitors can also get a sweeping view of the flats from the station's observatory and the station offers a Tanajibu local traditional fishing class and a class on the natural environment of the tidal flats. The annual ""Kashima Gatalympics"" are also held here."
  • 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."
  • Ogi Park
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    Saga Pref. Ogishi Ogimachi Honcho 185
    A park located in Ogi-machi, Ogi City. The park's grounds enclose a Shinto shrine, the former Ogi Domain Residence, and the Jirakuen, a garden created by Nabeshima Motoshige and Nabeshima Naoyoshi, the first and second lords of Ogi Domain, respectively. There are also tennis courts. A renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing, as well, some 3,000 cherry trees grow on the grounds. In addition, azaleas and wisteria bloom in the park from mid-April to May.
  • Kouyaji Temple
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    Saga Pref. Takeoshi Kitagatachou Shiku 3245
    "This temple is located a 15-minute drive from Takeo Onsen Station on the JR Sasebo Line. It was opened by Kobo Daishi in the quiet atmosphere deep inside the mountains. Visited by many praying for childbirth, easy childbirth and senility prevention as Vaisravana's sacred place, it was known as a training hall for purgation in literature from the Kamakura period (1185-1333) which says ""Any criminals can be forgiven for their sins if they run into the precincts of Kouyaji Temple."", it is counted as one of the Kyushu 88 temples and 108 sacred sites. In addition, 1,000 rhododendrons of 20 rare species bloom in the flatlands of the area, and the best time to see them is from April to May."
  • Taku Seibyo (Confucian Temple)
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    Saga Pref. Takushi Takumachi 1642
    "Taku Seibyo (Confucian Temple) is located around 20 minutes' drive from the Taku Interchange of the Nagasaki Expressway. Confucius was the founder of the Confucian school of philosophy, and is revered as the god of learning. Taku Shigefumi, the fourth lord of the Taku domain, ordered the construction of the temple in 1708 because he wanted to help the domain's residents to cultivate a proper attitude of Confucian ""respect."" Taku Seibyo (Confucian Temple) is the third oldest surviving Confucian temple in Japan, after Ashikaga Gakko in Tochigi Prefecture and Shizutani Gakko in Okayama Prefecture, and has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property. Seibyo Sekisai ceremonies are held at the temple in the spring and in the autumn each year; after the ceremony, ordinary members of the public are allowed to worship in and look round the temple."
  • Ureshino Ochachamura
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    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.
  • 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.
  • Ureshino Onsen Fireflies
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    Saga Ureshino-shi Ureshinomachi Iwayagawachi Dam Area
    Ureshino Onsen is considered one of Japan's top three hot springs with skin beautifying properties. From late May until mid-June you can also view the fireflies there. Until the beginning of June, there's a Firefly Viewing Bus exclusively for those staying over at Ureshino Onsen. It brings guests to a viewing spot on the upper reaches of the Ureshino Iwayagawachi Dam a little outside town. If you're staying at an Ureshino Onsen Ryokan Association member facility and seats are still available, you can make a reservation until 17:00 on the day.

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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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