Kashima & Tara travel guide
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.
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.
The Shrine was used as a Shooting location of Thailand drama.
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 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.
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.
|Address||City hall : 2643-1 Nodomibun, Kashima-city, Saga-prefecture|
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|