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Kashima & Tara travel guide

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Kashima is located about 60 kilometers southwest of Saga-city. It borders the Ariake

Sea to the east and Nagasaki Prefecture to the southwest. Feature sightseeing spot is

Yutoku Inari Shrine and also Sake brewery visiting is recommended.

 

        Sake Brewery

         Sake Brewery

           Ariake Sea


 

Yutoku Inari Shrine

One of the most famous Inari shrines in Japan and located in Kashima-city, Saga-prefecture.

Dedicated to Inari, the deity whose messengers are foxes, it is the third largest of its kind

in Japan. It was constructed in 1688 as the family shrine of the Nabeshima clan who ruled

what would become the Saga area during the Edo period. 

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The Shrine was used as a Shooting location of Thailand drama.

 


 

Kaichu Torii

Kaichu Torii gates in the sea have become a popular photo spot when the tide is high. The  “Floating

Torii Gate” of Ouo Shrine stands on the shallow area of the ocean in Tara-cho, which has 6 meter

tide difference. It changes its appearance every time you look at it, and it is a famous tourist spot.

 


 

Takezaki crab

Takezaki crab is the local specialty of Tara, and is well-known for its rich flavor.  Takezaki crabs

are available almost year around. From summer into fall the male crabs are delicious, with the

females and their eggs most delicious during the autumn and winter. You could even try one of each.

 


 

Takezaki Castle ruins

From the observatory point of Takezaki Castle Ruins Lookout, one can gaze down upon workings

of nature such as this. This is the site where a castle was originally built 600 years ago in the

Nanboku-cho Period and a vantage point which offers spectacular views, including the mountains

of Unzen and Aso when the weather is fine.

 


 

General information  

Address City hall : 2643-1 Nodomibun, Kashima-city, Saga-prefecture
Access

30 minutes by a vehicle from Takeo

40 minutes by a vehicle from Arita

50 minutes by a vehicle from Saga

80 minutes by a vehicle from Karatsu

90 minutes by a vehicle from Yobuko

100 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

Population 29,000   Population density 260

 

Saga-prefecture

 

 


 

Kashima & Tara

 

 


 

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Arita travel guide

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It is known for producing Arita porcelain, one of the traditional handicrafts of Japan.

Famous for Arita yaki which is 400-years old porcelain. The piece is bright, elegant

pictures drawn in transparent white porcelain. 

 

It holds the largest ceramic fair in Western Japan, the Arita Ceramic Fair.

This event is held from April 29 to May 5 every year and has thousands of stores and

stalls lining the six-kilometre long main street.

 


 

Arita Porcelain Park

Offers a drastic change of scenery, which might even make you forget you are in Japan. This park

features a stunning garden and palace designed in the style of 18th-century German Baroque

architecture. This is said to be a tribute to Arita’s influence on European ceramic design.

 


 

Sueyama Shrine

The Shrine is located in Arita Town, Nishimatsuura District. Feature of the Shrine is Shrine gate

made by porcelain, and usually the Shrine gate are made of stone or wood. The Shire gate or

Torii was built in 1888. It had been designated Tangible Cultural Properties on April 28, 2000.

 


 

Porcelain Manufacturer, Kakieon

A style of Japanese porcelain, with over glaze decoration called “enameled” ceramics. It was

originally produced at the factories around Arita, in Japan’s from the Edo period’s mid-17th

century onwards. The style shares much in common with the Chinese “Famille Verte” style.

The quality of its decoration was highly prized in the West and widely imitated by major European

porcelain manufacturers during the Rococo period.

 


 

General information  

Address City hall : 2202 Tachibeotsu, Arita-chi, Nishi-Matsuura-gun, Saga-prefecture
Access

30 minutes by a vehicle from Imari-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

100 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

Population 19,600   Population density 298

 

Saga-prefecture

 

 


 

Arita

 

 


 

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Imari travel guide

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Imari is the porcelain town, has 400years history. Imari is most notable because of

Imari porcelain, which is the European collectors’ name for Japanese porcelain wares

made in the town of Arita, Saga Prefecture.

 

The porcelain was exported from the port of Imari specifically for the European

export trade.

 


 

Okawachiyama porcelain district

Originally, an owner of the Imari porcelain was Nabeshima clan, in order to develop and protect

its outstanding technique, he gathered skilled artisans and painters in Okawachiyama district.

Now. about 30 potteries are manufacturing Imari porcelain.

 


 

General information  

Address City hall : 1355-1 Tachibana, Imari-city, Saga-prefecture
Access

40 minutes by a vehicle from Karatsu-city

80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

80 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

Population 54,000   Population density 210

 

Saga-prefecture

 

 


 

Imari

 

 


 

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Takeo and Ureshino travel guide

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Takeo Onsen resort

Takeo has 1200 years history and is located in the western part of Saga-prefecture.

The hot spring temperature is 18 to 52 degrees. Spring quality is smooth with alkaline simple

hot spring.  It is said that the color is colorless and transparent and has an outstanding effect

on recovery from fatigue.

 


 

Romon Gate

The landmark of Takeo Onsen. Romon Gate, which was designed by a renowned architect in

the Meiji Era, Kingo Tatsuno, and is at the entrance of the Onsen area.

 


 

Mifuneyama-rakuen Garden

Beautiful Japanese Garden, located in the south-western foot of Mifuneyama, construction of the

garden took about 3 years and completed in 1845, the area is about 5ha. The dynamic cliffs of

Mifuneyama Mountain can be seen from the garden.

 


 

Great Camphor tree at Takeo Shrine

One of the oldest Camphor tree in Japan. The tree is one of the largest in Japan and over 3,000 years

old. Designated a natural monument of the city. It is 30 m high, has a circumference of 20 m, and its

branches extend 30 m east-west and 33 m north-south.

 


 

Ureshino Onsen Resort

Ureshino Onsen is a hot spring town in south-western Saga Prefecture. Its clear Onsen waters

are high in sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride and feel extremely smooth on skin, giving

rise to its popularity as a “Bihada no Yu” ( beautiful skin waters).

 


 

Ureshono tea, local speciality

Ureshino is famous for its tea. Terraces of tea fields sprawling out one after the next is a scene

typical of Ureshino. Proper cultivation of Ureshino Tea was begun between 1648 and 1651 by

tea grower, Jinbei Yoshimura, who is even sung about in the local folk songs. Tea seeds were

gathered from Mount Sefuri and planted in the mountainous region of Ureshino Onsen, ideal

as a tea growing area.

 


 

Ochacha Mura Villaege

Visitors get to taste test green teas and products, see and tour the warehouse factory where green

tea is cultivated and packaged, and leave with a better understanding of the ever-so-popular tea.

You can even experience the process of picking young green leaves for cultivation.

 


 

General information  

Address City hall : 12-30 Oaza-showa, Takeo-cho, Takeo-city, Saga-prefecture
Access

25 minutes by a vehicle from Arita

50 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

Population 48,000   Population density 250

 

Saga-prefecture

 

 


 

Takeo and Ureshino

 

 


 

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Saga-city travel guide

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Saga-city in Kyushu is the seat of the Saga-prefectural government. It faces the Ariake

Sea on the south and is home to Saga Airport. In the center of the city is the Saga

Castle History Museum, which also serves as the city’s symbol. The castle itself is

no longer standing, but the main keep has been reconstructed, resulting in one of the largest

wooden structures in Japan. Saga is also known as the place where it has made a great

contribution to the Japanese Industrial Revolution.

 


 

Saga Castle History Museum

Japan’s Industrial Modernization activity was started here in Saga. The largest restored wooden

building in Japan at 2,500m2, the museum offers the unparalleled chance to experience a Japanese

castle from more than 175 years ago.

 


 

Saga Shrine

The shrine is designated as the special government shrine. The shrine dedicated to Naomasa

Nabeshima, who oversaw the manufacture of Japan’s first modern Cannon.

 


 

Mietsu Naval Dock   UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage, Site of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution. Before Meiji Restoration,

the Mietsu Naval Dock served as a venue for naval drilling and maintenance of Western-style ship,

as the naval base of Saga Clan. Japan’s first practical steam ship, the Ryofu-maru was constructed

there in 1865.

 

 

 

Tsukiji Reflectance Furnace

This is the Japan’s first constructed Reflectance Furnace and it was used for Japan’s first

Cannon manufacturing. The reflectance furnace was greatly contributed for initial stage of

Japan’s Industrial Modernization.

 

 

 

Yoshinogari Remains

The largest archeological remains in Japan. Lie on the spacious hilly area in the north-eastern

part of Saga. Remains of a ringed-dugout settlement presumably dating back to the 3rd century

B.C. were unearthed there, and excavation is still underway at the site.

 


 

Saga International Balloon Fiesta

The largest hot air balloon competition in all of Asia with over 100 participating balloon teams

from all over the world.

 


 

General information  

Address City hall : 1-1 Sakai-machi, Saga-city, Saga-prefecture
Access

50 minutes by a vehicle from Takeo

60 minutes by a vehicle from Arita

60 minutes by a vehicle from Karatsu

90 minutes by a vehicle from Yobuko

70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

90 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

Population 234,000   Population density 540

 

Saga-prefecture

 

 


 

Saga-city

 

 


 

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Karatsu & Yobuko travel guide

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Karatsu and Yobuko, located on the Higashi Matsuura Pe ninsula in the north-western part

of Saga-prefecture, have been prosperous from ancient times as an important point for

trade with Mainland China. Karatsu is a part of Genkai Quasi-National Park, and has many

scenic spots.

 

Karatsu Castle

Karatsu Castle is called Dancing Crane Castle. The Castle, which stands beside Karatsu Bay,

is unusual in that the stonework rises directly out of the water, using the ocean as a natural moat.

 


 

Kagamiyama Mountain

Panoramic view of Karatsu Castle, Karatsu bay and Nijino-matsubara (Rainbow pine forest)

The height is 284 metre from sea level and top of the mountain is flat and wide geographical

feature. The area is famous for cherry blossom and azalea flower in spring season.

 


 

Karatsu Shrine

The Shrine of Karatsu Kunchi. It is a Shinto shrine located about 1 km west of Karatsu Castle

and the original shrine was founded in 755.  Karatsu Kunchi is held From November 2nd to

4th every year.

 


 

Yobuko

Town of Fishing industry, famous for Squid and Morning Market called Asaichi. Yobuko is

located northern tip of Saga-prefecture and is facing to Genkai-nada Sea. A lot of places

were as a Shooting location of Thailand drama.

            Yobuko Port

             Fresh Squid

     

          Fresh Squid


 

Yobuko Asaichi

Fishery Morning Market called Asaichi and opens from 7:30 to 12:00, every day at just next to

Yobuko Port. The street of 200 m borrowed from the eaves of the shopping street is named

“Asaichi Street”. The place was used as a Shooting location of Thailand drama.

 

             Entrance gate

              Shopping street

                Typical shop


 

Hado-misaki Cape

Cape of Lovers’ sanctuary. The main attractions of Cape Hado are the heart-shaped monument,

underwater observation tower, and the sunset. It is frequented by young couples who take photos

in front of the heart monument.

 

          Hado-misaki beach

             Heart monument

           The north-west end


 

Nagoya Castle Ruins​

The Castle was a castle located in the old Hizen Province of Japan. The historic castle was

the base from which Toyotomi Hideyoshi launched his invasions of Korea.

 


 

Yobuko and Genkai Sea from the view of Nagoya Castle Ruins

 


 

Saga-prefecture

 

 


 

Karatsu & Yobuko

 

 


 

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Saga beef

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Saga beef is esteemed as one of the best Wagyu beef brands in Japan. The cattle used for

our meats are fattened in adherence to the regulations of the Japan Agriculture Co-operative,

and we use only Japanese black cattle registered with their cattle traceability system.

 


 

According to the Japan meat branded as Saga beef refers to meat from Japanese black cattle

farmed and fattened under the supervision of the Saga branch of the JA Group that has a Beef

Marbling Standard (BMS) of 7 or above and ranked at grades 4 or 5, corresponding with premium

quality, on the meat quality scale used by the Japan Meat Grading Association.

Featured Saga beef restaurant, Kitaa

 

 


 

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Tosu Premium Outlets

 

The biggest outlet mall in Kyushu located in Tosu, Saga-prefecture.

There are 150 famous shops from in/outside of japan.
The whole facility is made in Spanish colonial style that reminds you of Southern California.

 

  

Opening hours

Shops / 10 AM – 8 PM
Food Court / 10 AM – 8 PM
Restaurants / 11 AM – 9 PM

 

   

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

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You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,

please ring our office a call in English    Tel : +81-93-521-8897

 


 

Takeo & Yutoku Inari Shrine one-day tour

 

 

Takeo is a Onsen Resort, located in the western part of Saga-prefecture.

The hot spring temperature is 18 to 52 degrees. Spring quality is smooth with alkaline

simple hot spring.

Yutoku Inari Shrine is one of the most famous Inari shrines in Japan.

Dedicated to Inari, the deity whose messengers are foxes, it is the third largest of its

kind in Japan.

 


 

 Location of Takeo and Kashima

 

  

 

 


 

Tour conditions

 

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

   (1) less than 8 person

     a chartered taxi is used with English speaking driver

     English speaking driver assist the tour as tour guide and tour attendant

   (2) more than 9 person

  a chartered bus is used with Japanese speaking driver

  English speaking guide who also works as a tour attendant is accompanied

    for assist the tour in the case of using a chartered bus

 


 

Itinerary  

 

9:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Takeo

Exploring Takeo

   Mifuneyama-rakuen Garden   → Great Camphor tree at Takeo Shrine

   Romon Gate

Transfer Yutoki Inari Shrine

Exploring Yutoku Inari Shrine

Transfer to Fukuoka-city 

17:00 Arrive Fukuoka-city

 


 

Where to explore

 

Mifuneyama-rakuen Garden

Beautiful Japanese Garden, located in the southwestern foot of Mifuneyama

Construction of the garden took about 3 years and completed in 1845, the area is about 5ha.

The dynamic cliffs of Mifuneyama Mountain can be seen from the gardesn.

 

     

 

Great Camphor tree at Takeo Shrine

One of the oldest Camphor tree in Japan. The tree is one of the largest in Japan and over 3,000

years old. Designated a natural monument of the city. It is 30 m high, has a circumference of 20 m,

and its branches extend 30 m east-west and 33 m north-south.

 


 

Romon Gate

The landmark of Takeo Onsen. Romon Gate, which was designed by a renowned architect in

the Meiji Era, Kingo Tatsuno, and is at the entrance of the Onsen area.

 

     


 

Yutoku Inari Shrine

The Shrine was used as a Shooting location of Thailand drama. One of the most famous Inari

shrines in Japan and located in Kashima-city, Saga-prefecture. Dedicated to Inari, the deity

whose messengers are foxes, it is the third largest of its kind in Japan.


 

Contact us

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

Enquiry Form 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Tour results

We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.      

Tailor-made tour      Study tour       Golf tour 

 


 

Arita & Imari one-day tour

 

Arita, famous for Arita yaki which is 400-years old porcelain. The piece is bright, elegant

pictures drawn in transparent white porcelain. 

Imari is most notable because of Imari porcelain, which is the European collectors’ name for

Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, Saga Prefecture.

 

Both places have different feature of porcelain respectively.

 


 

 Location of Arita  and Imari

 

  

 

 


 

Tour conditions

 

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city , please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

   (1) less than 8 person

     a chartered taxi is used with English speaking driver

     English speaking driver assist the tour as tour guide and tour attendant

   (2) more than 9 person

  a chartered bus is used with Japanese speaking driver

  English speaking guide who also works as a tour attendant is accompanied

    for assist the tour in the case of using a chartered bus

  


 

Itinerary  

 

9:00 Depart  Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Arita

Exploring  Arita

   Arita Porcelain Park → Porcelain Manufacturer in Arita

Exploring Imari

   Okawachiyama porcelain district

Transfer to  Fukuoka-city

17:00 Arrive  Fukuoka-city

 


 

Where to explore

 

Arita Porcelain Park

 


 

Porcelain Manufacturer in Arita


 

Okawachiyama porcelain district in Imari

Originally, an owner of the Imari porcelain was Nabeshima clan, in order to develop and protect

its outstanding technique, he gathered skilled artisans and painters in Okawachiyama district.

Now. about 30 ptteris are manufacturing Imari porcelain.

 


 

Contact us

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

Enquiry Form 

You can also contact us by e-mail at  info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Tour results

We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.    

Tailor-made tour      Study tour       Golf tour