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Cherry Blossoms and Azalea at Ayabe Shrine
The mountain located by Ayabe Shrine is known as "Miyayama" or the shrine's mountain, by the locals. There are about 500 cherry blossom trees and about 700 of azaleas planted, and the whole mountain turns to pink in spring. With the path to the summit lit up with hundreds of lanterns at night, the mountain attracts a lot of visitors seeking to enjoy flower viewing.
Daikouzenji Azalea Festival
This temple of Tendai Buddhism became known nationwide as “azalea temple.” 50 thousand azalea bloom across the garden, measuring 75,000 square meters. During the period of azalea festival, many shops selling souvenir goods, foods and plants will open along the 200 meter-long street leading you to the temple.
Hotaru (Firefly) Park in Miyaki-cho
There is a habitat of fireflies in the northern part of Miyaki-cho. Sometime between May 20th and June 10th will be the best time to see the beautiful lights dancing around.
Tosu Nagasaki Kaido Festival
This is a walk-around-the-town event guided by a group of volunteers. Visitors will be able to see the traditional performance art held at each shrine and participate in the Ebisu-meguri stamp rally. The "Clan Card" sold at the site can be exchanged with goods such as travel passes, snacks, and rice balls. During the time of the event, the entire town will be filled with Samurai, merchants, travelers to take people back to the Edo period.
Autumn Sunflowers (Yamada Himawari-en)
Sunflowers in the Yamada area located in the northern part of Miyaki Town come into bloom sometime between mid-October and mid-November. The sunflowers are planted on the terraced fields by a group of the locals. The large sunflowers that are bright yellow in autumn have a slightly different look from those seen in summer. Creating a great contrast of color with the autumn blue sky and the red colored leaves of Japanese wax trees in the background, they make a wonderful scenic spot. Especially on weekends, the area attracts a lot of photographers and tourists seeking to enjoy and take the photos of the picturesque scenery.
Autumn Foliage in Daikouzenji Temple
There are more than 500 maple trees planted in the vast garden which is about 75,000 square-meters, and the colors of the autumn foliage and the straw-thatched roof of the temple gives an exquisite contrast. The night illumination light show is also a must-see.
Okayu Dameshi (Fortune Telling)
Okayudameshi is a 1,200 years old ritual held in spring at Chiriku Hachiman Shrine. The shrine is known as one of the three major shrines around Japan hosting this ritual event. The shrine's sacred golden bowl is filled with rice porridge and dedicated to the shrine hall. The surface of the rice porridge is divided into four sections each of which designates each of four areas in the northern Kyushu; Chikuzen (North), Chikugo (South), Hizen (West) and Higo (East). People forecast the harvest and the weather of the year by looking at how the surface of the porridge is molded in a few weeks.
Cherry Blossoms of Tashiro Park
With as many as 600 cherry trees in full bloom, Tashiro Park will be packed with a lot of visitors seeking to enjoy flower viewing. The trees will also be lit up at night during the best viewing period.
Wisteria in Maki (Maki no Ofuji)
Japanese wisteria comes in full bloom at the site of Maki Town Tenmangu Shrine. The vine tree of wisteria here is estimated to be about 120 years old and designated as a valuable tree of Saga Prefecture and Tosu City.
A thousand cherry trees are in full bloom, and the trail leading to the top is a tunnel of cherry blossoms. From the observatory, you can see from Tosu City to the eastern part of Saga plain.
There are Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms blooming at the lakeside of the dam. You can enjoy hot spring and the meals while observing cherry blossoms at "Torigoe Ryokan Sumika-no-Yado" which is located at the lakeside.
Cherry bloosoms alongside Kamenoko Pond in Kisshoji Temple are popular as a sakura-viewing spot in Kiyama Town. Also, approximately 1000 rhododendrons in full bloom attract a lot of visitors in April.
Kisshoji Temple is also known as the temple of rhododendrons, and approximately 1000 rhododendrons in full bloom attract a lot of visitors in April. Also, you can have an unusual and valuable experience of Gojodo Meguri, which you will be walking in the basement under Daijihi Hall(Main Temple).