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Iris in Yamato Central Park
Hanashobu, or Japanese Iris, bursts into bloom at the Yamato Central Park between late May and mid-June every year and the Hanashobu Garden buzzes with crowds of people who have come to see the flowers. In the approximately 1-hectare garden, you can enjoy an impressionable view of 40,000 Hanashobu, comprising of 100 varieties.
Fireflies at Gion River, Ogi-city
During the season, tens of thousands of fireflies are dancing around the Gion River and making such a magical and fantastic view. This is one of the best firefly viewing spots in Kyushu.
Oga Lotus Flower in Yoshinogari Historical Park
Oga Lotus Flower was first bred from the seed discovered by the botanist, Dr. Ichiro Oga, at the archaeological ruins in Chiba City in 1951. Oga Lotus Flower which was found in the 2,000 year old ruins. As their flowers close in the afternoon, you get to see them blooming only in the morning.
Lotus Flowers at Shoukouji Temple
Shoukouji Temple is located near Taku Seibyo (Confucian temple) and dedicated to a syncretic form of religions between Buddhism and Shinto. Here you can see Oga lotus and Maihiren lotus. Oga lotus is especially divinely beautiful when seen in the refreshing morning sunlight.
Saga Castle Town Sakae No Kuni Festival
Events such as energetic YOSAKOI SAGA, parades and Sou Odori Dance, heat up the main street of Saga city, "Saga City Chuo Dori Street" stretching from JR Saga Station to Saga Castle Ruins.
Safe quality apples are cultivated with protection covers and all other necessary cares. Biting into a whole apple is the best way to enjoy the taste. Since ripe seasons vary by the brands, apple picking can be enjoyed for a long period of season. - Apple Picking Fee: Adults 430 Yen / 4 Yrs Old up to Elementary School Children 320 Yen Takeaway 640 Yen --- 1 kg (All-You-Can-Eat Service for Unlimited Time)
Terraced Fields and Red Spider Lily in Mt. Eriyama
Around the terraced rice fields in the Mt. Eriyama Area, which was listed as one of Japan’s best 100 terrace fields and one of Japan’s best 100 rural landscapes, flaming red flowers of red spider lily decorate the paths running between the rice fields and enhance the rural scenic beauty especially towards late September.
This is a traditional event to worship Confucius and the Four Sages, which has been held for the past 300 years at one of the most important cultural properties of Japan "Taku Seibyou (Temple)". In the ceremony, while Gagaku (ancient Japanese court music) is playing, Kenkan and Saikan wearing costumes from the Chinese Ming dynasty will offer seven kinds of food and Amazake. After the ceremony, a festival called "Koushimatsuri" there will be held to show the lion dance and Sekisa No Mai, a dance imported from China.
Yoshinogari Fursato Fire Festival
A festival produced by the locals and themed on fire (flame), which is the ultimate foundation of human life. In the festival, you can enjoy a fantastic world of fire with the lighting ceremony, torch march and other events.
Saga International Balloon Fiesta
Saga International Balloon Fiesta is one of Asia's largest hot air balloon events that is held at the beginning of November every year in a riverbed along the Kasegawa River in Saga Prefecture. In addition to the races taken place in early morning and early evening when the airflow is stable, there are an array of fun events to keep visitors entertained, such as a talent show and a public broadcasting of radio shows. Among a number of attractions, the must-see highlight is the La Montgolfier Nocturne, where over a hundred of colorful hot air balloons fly around all together in an early morning and early evening to display fantastic scenery that can be enjoyed only in Saga.
In autumn, the Shichimenso flowers that grow in colonies on the Higashiyoka Coast tint like a red carpet. The scenery reminds us that the season for the Shichimencho festival has arrived. How about spending some time on the coast of the Ariake Sea to see the so-called "Maple trees of the sea"?
Kunenan Autumn Open-House
The contrast between the red color of 134 maple trees and the green carpet made with 40 kinds of moss is breathtaking. It's open to public only for 9 days in November.
Koushi No Sato Autumn Festival
Nishitani Park is one of Saga’s most famous viewing spots of autumn leaves. As you walk along the pathway that leads from the park into the mountain, you can look at autumn leaves close at hand. The park is visited by many tourists every year. Here you can also enjoy traditional local performing arts, music, workshops and various other events. "Kan-outei", an old community hall located in the park is registered as a Important Tangible Cultural Property of Japan. The interior of this building is usually inaccessible but becomes open to public only during the autumn festival and you can go inside and take a rest here.
Yoshinogari Hikari no Hibiki
Taku Seibyo (Confucian Temple) Ohitaki Bonfire
When the priest put the wood piles on fire, it quickly grows into a 10-meter tall pillar of flame, which is said to purify sins and corruptions in our souls. Visit the "Ohitaki, or bonfire" and pray for health and safety of your family for the coming year.
Saga Joka (Castle Town) Hina Dolls Festival
The beautiful and gorgeous hina dolls only found in Saga such as the one that has been passed down in Saga Domain Nabeshima family and the one decorated with Nabeshima Komon (Nabeshima pattern) or Saga Nishiki (Saga’s traditional silk fabric) are gathered to be exhibited.
Ogi City Misato Ushio Bairin (Plum Orchard)
Ushio Bairin (Plum Orchard) is said to have the longest history of plum cultivation among other orchards in Saga prefecture. The beauty of the orchard can be enjoyed in various ways; the whole scenery of the orchard with a great contrast between the white and light pink colors of plum flowers, pretty little petals admired close at hand and the grandness of the trees seen from below.
Cherry Blossoms at Ogi Park
This is a famous park set up by Motoshige Nabeshima who was the 1st lord of the Ogi Clan, and the 2nd lord Naoyoshi Nabeshima. In spring, 3000 cherry blossom trees bloom all at once, and it is the only place in Saga that was chosen as "Japan's one of 100 best Sakura viewing spots" From the end of March to Early April, not only people from Saga Prefecture but also a lot of people from different prefectures come to see the cherry blossoms.
Cherry Blossoms at Niiyama Park
About a hundred of Someiyoshino Cherry blossom trees bloom profusely. The 60-meter-long bridge here called “Aiaibashi" is widely believed to bring good luck in love and has been very popular.
Cherry Blossoms in Kouno Park
The site of Kouno Park was originally built as a secondary residence of Naomasa Nabeshima, the 10th lord of the Saga Domain. The site was donated to Saga city in 1923 to be developed as a park. And, now it has cafes, playgrounds and other facilities to be enjoyed. And, the park is well-known for the cherry blossoms in Spring.
Cherry Blossoms in Seikei Park
Koreyoshi Takatori, "The Coal King” from Taku City, put an enormous amount of his own private fund and developed this park. It features Kanoutei, the public hall housed in a traditional style building which is a designate national tangible cultural property, a folk museum and other cultural facilities. In spring, you can enjoy the beauty of the scenic park decorated with about 400 trees of Someiyoshino cherry blossoms.
6km of cycle road which was created on the site of the Former Japan National Railways Saga Line. 1200 cherry blossom trees at both sides of the road creates a tunnel for everyone to enjoy.
The 2nd Saga Ishinmatsuri Festival
In 2018, a new type of "Matsuri" was created as an occasion for all citizens to participate so get themselves closer to great historical figures of Saga during Meiji Restoration period, and also to get closer to the future's hopes. Performances such as "Jidai Gyoretsu" which displays the traditional costumes of Saga's great historical figures, or the "Light-up" and "Dance" which express and connect the will of great historical figures to the future, will be available.
About 300 cherry blossoms trees in the garden will bloom and the garden crowded with people coming for flower viewing during the season. At the period best for viewing in late March, admission is allowed until 9pm, so cherry blossoms can be enjoyed at night. The cherry blossoms reflected in the faint light of lanterns are very beautiful.
Rows of cherry blossoms trees lining up along the large moat surrounding the Ruins of Saga Castle. A lot of cultural facilities such as art museums, history museums, Saga Castle History Museum, etc. are available inside and around the garden. You can enjoy strolling around the castle town in the beautiful scenery.
About 400 cherry blossoms trees, which were donated by Kanto Kawasoemachi Jinkai following the opening of Saga Airport, lining up for 1,700m parallel to the runway.
There is a lot of rare types of cherry blossoms around Hotarumi Bridge along Tafusekawa River. Take a break in the park after enjoying a walk.
It is a popular park where people can enjoy cherry blossoms and other various ways to spend time. You can bring your own ingredients and charcoal for barbeque.(Reservation required)
Cherry blossoms planted beside the waterway on the east side of "YouMe Town Saga"in Hyogokita, Saga-shi. 25 Somei Yoshino trees that were relocated by the Gas bureau will bloom beautifully. They will be illuminated during the "Cherry blossoms festival".
This place has a lot of cherry blossoms and azaleas. Japanese paper lanterns are placed from mid March to early May, and it is very crowded with people enjoying flower viewing. This place also has a children's amusement park and it is loved by the locals as a place to relax and refresh.
This is a park where 400 trees of 37 kinds of cherry blossoms from around Japan are planted. You can enjoy various kinds of cherry blossoms from mid March to late March.
"There are Somei-yoshino and weeping cherry blossoms around the observatory, and the panoramic view from the observatory has a beautiful contrast with the vast wheat field in Saga Plain that spreads far away from the cherry blossoms. You can also see the cherry blossoms in Ogi Park in the city in the distance."
"During the cherry blossom season, the water around the wooden sidewalk for nature observation warms up, and mudhoppers become active. The cherry blossoms along the embarkment here, combined with the scenery of the sea, bridges, Ariake coastal road, and Rokkaku bridge make a unique view point of cherry blossom in Saga."