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.
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.
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.
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.
||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
||29,000 Population density 260
Kashima & Tara
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