Around Saga (Saga City / Kashima City / Takeo City) - 3 day 2 night Course
JR Hakata Station
JR Tosu Station
Tosu Premium Outlets The first full-scale manufacturers’ outlet center in Kyushu. The spacious site includes a number of directly managed famous-brand shops opening for the first time in Japan, also restaurants and more. The 120 shops here bring together the finest goods in the world to make outlet shopping a unique experience.
JR Tosu Station
JR Saga Station
Yanagimachi Area This district has many historic buildings. The Saga City Cultural Museum・The Old Koga Residence・The Old Ushijima’s Residence・The Old Sansho Bank・The Old Fukuda Residence
Saga Shrine and Matsubara Shrine Saga Shrine is like an oasis in the center of Saga City. Its foundations were laid in 1933 and it is well known as it enshrines Naomasa Nabeshima and Naohiro Nabeshima, the 10th and 11th lords of the Nabeshima Domain. Some 350,000 people visit the shrine for New Year every year, but on normal days the shrine has a secluded, quiet and holy atmosphere. Close by is Matsubara Shrine built in 1772 and is even older than Saga Shrine. Here are enshrined the ancestors of the Nabeshima Domain: Naoshige Nabeshima, the first domain lord, Katsushige Nabeshima and the daimyo Takanobu Ryuzoji. Starting from Saga Shrine and visiting all of the seven shrines on the same grounds at New Year's is becoming quietly popular as "the seven shrine pilgrimage".
Saga Castle History Museum The ruins of Nabeshima's shogun castle are known as the symbol of Saga City. The entire moat surrounding the castle ruins has become part of Saga Prefectural Saga Castle Park, where water birds and Japanese carp swim around the moat and there are small and large water fountains aswell as a recreational ground.
There are various hotels and Japanese inns and restaurants in the Saga area.
JR Hizen Kashima Station
Yutoku Inari Jinja Mae
Yutoku Inari Shrine The Yutoku Inari Shrine is known as one of Japan's three major Inari and fondly referred to as "Yutoku san" by the locals. The contrast of the vivid vermillion color of the buildings and the surrounding greenery is truly impressive, while the main architecture, including the main shrine, front shrine and the two-storied gate, is completely coated in lacquer.
Sugicho In Sugicho, dolls, helmet and masks called ‘Furyumen’ are made. They are an important cultural property in Saga prefecture. People decorate the masks inside the house to ward off evil spirits.
Hizenhamashuku Area Hizen Hamashuku is a group of historic buildings built at the mouth of Hamagawa River and is believed to have been established as a town during the Muromachi Period. This area is also famous for Sake cellars. You can visit several Sake cellars in the area.
Yutoku Inari Jinja Mae
Ureshino Bus Center
Ureshino Hot Springs The water is so smooth to the touch that people even say, "Once you experience Ureshino water, you will never want to leave". Tofu cooked in the hot spring water is a famous Ureshino Onsen delight and a recommended snack to follow a luxurious bath.
There are various Japanese onsen hotels and restaurants in the Ureshino Area.
Mifuneyama Rakuen It is told that it took three years to build this garden as a villa for Shigeyoshi Nabeshima who was the 28th lord of Takeo District. One can see some 5,000 cherry blossom trees and 50,000 Rhododendrons blooming in the spring and colorful Japanese maples in autumn. Together with the cliff of Mt. Mifume as a background, the wonderful scenery resembles a picturesque landscape painting.
Takeo Shrine On the site of the shrine are two sacred trees intertwined at their roots and branches as if by God's magnificence.
They are believed to bring good fortune for love, marriage, business aswell as finance and attract many visitors.
The great Takeo Camphor Tree The great camphor tree in Takeo is over 3,000 years old and has been designated as a local natural monument. The tree is 27 meters tall, has a circumference of 26 meters, and the ground-level cavity is almost 20 square meters wide, all of which make this great tree the 6th biggest tree in Japan.
Takeo Hot Springs Takeo Onsen dates back 1600 or so years, it is said Empress Jingu poked the ground with the tip of a spear, from which hot water spring out. Visitors can enjoy various different baths such as "Motoyu" and "Horaiyu", public baths, as well as "Karouyu" and "Tonosamayu", among others, which are private baths.
JR Takeo Onsen Station There are many souvenir shops in the station. Please get something that you like.
Huis Ten Bosch