This Place in Kyushu Holds the Historical Ruins of a Fortress from the War
Travel back in time.
The best part about visiting Kyushu during the summer season is being able to appreciate its cool spots. Since the region is blessed with an abundance of water and natural resources, each area has its own natural cooling system. A lot of these spots can be visited for free, too, so you don’t have an excuse to miss them!
In this article, we introduce the Saikai area, where you can roam around one of Japan’s rare fortresses and satisfy your hunger with cold soba or ice cream after touring the place. Check out the must-see spots below!
Ishiharadake Forest Park
Ishiharadake Forest Park is the ruins of a fort turned into a public park with free entrance. Remains of moats and artillery can still be found here. Today, the park may also be used as a camping ground for ¥510 per night.
If you go down the slope after entering the main building, you’ll come across a pathway that’s around 100 meters long. On the side, you’ll see a room that was previously used for storing ammunition during the war.
Get a glimpse of the past by exploring the ruins of Ishiharadake Fort.
Ishiharadake Forest Park is located at Yokosego, Saikaicho, Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture. You may contact Saikai City Commerce and Industry, Tourism, Product Division at +81-959-37-0064.
Self-cultivated soba flour is used in making Soba Ichiryu’s nihachi soba. Aside from this, the restaurant’s tempura is made with fresh vegetables.
For their summer menu, the Tempura Soba Gozen (150g for ¥1,550) and Chilled Nebatoro Bukkake Soba (150g for ¥1,150) are the most popular dishes. The salad buffet is also a must-try.
The Tempura Soba Gozen comes with six pieces of tempura and okowa (rice dish made with glutinous rice, beans, seafood, and vegetables). This menu item is only available every two weeks.
Tables are set up inside a traditional Japanese room. The window seats offer a scenic view of Omura Bay.
Soba Ichiryu is located at 21-2 Yagiharago, Seihicho, Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture and is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, except on weekends and Japanese holidays when it’s open until 3 p.m. The restaurant is closed every Tuesday. You may contact them at +81-959-28-1440.
Ice Cream Shop Mokuba
The Ice Cream Shop Mokuba is celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year. Some of their best selling menu items include the Julian Ice (¥150) and Ice Froice (¥250).
Sherbet, made with local oranges, and vanilla ice cream are combined to create the shop’s Piyopiyo Ice Cream (¥150). The Mokuba Curry (¥800), Japanese curry and grain-mixed rice, is also very popular.
Piyopiyo Ice Cream
It comes in a cute packaging!
Ice Cream Shop Mokuba is located at 496-7 Kobago, Saikaicho, Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily except Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-959-32-1899.
Ojima Tomato Farm
Ojima Tomato Farm is a farm that grows and harvests Ojima tomato. This type of tomato is best known for its level eight sweetness. Besides this, the farm also sells tomato juice and orange juice (1 liter for ¥1,242) among many other products. By late July, the Ojima melon will be joining the lineup, too.
The Tomato Juice (1 liter for ¥2,700) is additive-free. It is also available in 180 ml for ¥500.
Ojima Tomato Farm is located at 1131-1 Oshimacho, Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture and is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. except on weekends and holidays. You may contact them at +81-959-34-5191.
Nanatsugama Limestone Cave
Nanatsugama Limestone Cave is the general term that encompasses the 35 caves that were formed when the bottom of the sea rose 30 million years ago. About 250 meters of the area is open to the public. Although the other areas have restricted access, they can be explored with a guide through the Underground Exploration Tour (¥2,000 per head). Visitors who are interested in taking the tour must make necessary reservations.
The temperature drops to 15 °C inside the cave.
The most exciting part of going inside the cave is being able to touch it with your bare hands.
Make sure to check out the six-meter tall waterfalls and large stone pillar!
Around the 200 meter point, the lighting inside the cave turns blue. This adds to the cool and mysterious atmosphere of the place.
Nanatsugama Limestone Cave is located at 2541-1 Nakaura Kitago, Saikaicho, Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance fee costs ¥510 for SHS and above, ¥300 for JHS, ¥200 for elementary, and ¥100 for 4 years old and above. You may contact them at +81-959-33-2303.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (4 August 2019)