Itinerary Guide: Things to Do in Saga Prefecture
Anyone up for a cave adventure?
If you’re looking to spend a laid-back afternoon away from the city, you can try going to Saga Prefecture. This area in Japan holds beautiful shrines and heritage sites that reflect the culture and history of the place. Not only that, the prefecture is also known for producing some of the most excellent traditional pottery in the country.
Want to know what else this place has to offer? We feature some interesting tourist spots that you should consider adding to your itinerary:
Enjoy the cool natural air at Nagano no Kazaana (Nagano Wind Cave).
Nagano no Kazaana is a three-meter tall wind cave that’s found in the mountains of Nagano, Wakakicho. Since the temperature at the wind cave drops to as low as 6 to 9 °C throughout the year, it is the perfect place to visit on a hot day. The cool air blowing from the megalithic structure is as cold as the air coming from an air conditioner.
Cool air passes through the gaps between the rocks.
The cave has a narrow entrance, so be careful when entering.
The interior of the cave shows the bare structure of stones piled on top of each other.
Nagano no Kazaana is located at Nagano, Wakakicho, Takeo City, Saga Prefecture. You may contact them at +81-90-8915-6512.
Visit the famous Toyotamahime Shrine.
Toyotamahime Shrine is known as the symbol of Ureshino Onsen. Mr. Namazu (catfish), which represents the god of beautiful skin, can be found here. Aside from this, the shrine is also known for helping ease childbirth. This is exactly why most of its visitors are female.
To have clearer skin, you must bow two times, clap two times, bow once again, then pour water over Mr. Namazu using the ladle.
The White Porcelain Catfish Keyholder (¥800) is a lucky charm that’s available in five different colors.
The shrine is also known for bringing good fortune to pregnant women.
Toyotamahime Shrine is located on Otsu 2231-2 Shimojuku, Ureshinomachi, Ureshino City, Saga Prefecture. You may contact them at +81-954-43-0680.
Have delicious homemade gelato at Nakajima Bikouen.
Nakajima Bikouen amazingly handles everything—from field cultivation, manufacturing, and sales. This store mainly sells Ureshino tea leaves like green tea and black tea. Tea-related goods are also available here, among which the filter-in bottle (750ml for ¥2,160) for cold brew tea is the best selling item. The shop’s homemade gelato (double, ¥450), made with Ureshino tea leaves, is a definite must-try too!
The Ureshino Tea Gelato Double is made up of Ureshino ryokucha (green tea) and hojicha (roasted green tea) ice cream. This menu item is available in both cup and cone.
The shop has a dine-in space where you can enjoy a Matcha Smoothie (¥400) or Matcha Banana Smoothie (¥500).
Check out their goods too!
Nakajima Bikouen is located Otsu 2199 Shimojuku, Ureshinomachi, Ureshino City, Saga Prefecture and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-954-42-0372.
Feast in delicious local dishes at Dining Zai-on.
Dining Zai-on is a restaurant that’s managed by a vegetable store. It offers five pasta and rice meal options during lunch and around 60 dishes and 40 kinds of alcohol for dinner.
One of the shop’s most popular menu items is the Sicilian Rice (¥864). This consists of beef and eight kinds of vegetables on top of rice mixed with homemade sauce.
The shop’s exterior
Dining Zai-on is located at 4-8 Showa, Takeocho, Takeo City, Saga Prefecture and is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. except Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-954-33-8072.
Treat yourself to a footbath and cold dessert at Ashiyu BAR Chronicle Terrace.
Ashiyu BAR Chronicle Terrace is located inside a 90-year-old traditional Japanese inn called Yoshidaya. Here, you can have your meal while soaking your feet in the free-flowing hot spring. You can choose from a variety of dishes here, including Saga beef steak, onsen yudofu (tofu simmered in hot spring water), and shaved ice desserts.
The Mango Shaved Ice (¥800) contains tapioca, mango bits, and mango-flavored warabi mochi. You can also try this dessert in strawberry and Ureshino matcha flavors.
Don’t miss out on this unique dining experience!
It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Ashiyu BAR Chronicle Terrace is located at Ko 379 Iwayagawachi, Ureshinomachi, Ureshino City, Saga Prefecture and is open daily from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. You may contact them at +81-954-42-0026.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (6 August 2019)