「You ♥ SAGA Drive Guide & Map」 This course will take you to experience beautiful Mother Nature in Saga.
Takeo Hot Springs
Takeo Onsen known for its soft texture of water is a historic hot spring town and it is even mentioned in "Hizen Fudoki," a chorography written 1,300 years ago. The vermillion-lacquered Romon Tower Gate standing at the entrance of the hot springs is a must-see.
Yoko Museum / Keishu-En
The museum exhibits ancient Chinese potteries based on various themes and the Japanese garden Keishu-en fascinates visitors with its beautiful composition of stones, waterfalls and seasonal flowers in the 2.5-acre garden.
It is said that The 28th lord of Takeo Clan, Shigeyoshi Nabeshima, created this garden spending about 3 years in order to complete his cottage. 2,000 of cherry trees and 200,000 of azalea in spring and colorful autumn leaves in fall create the stunning scenery with a cliff of Mt. Mifuneyama in the background, that reminds you of landscape painting.
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Home to "Yutoku", the god for good business, the five grains, and large harvests, this shrine has long been loved and is one of the three major Inari Okami shrines. The shrine has Ohitaki bonfires, introduces Shinto religious services and prayers, and bad-omen years.
Hizen Hamashuku Sakagura Dori (Sake Brewery Avenue)
Hizen Hamashuku developed at the mouth of Hamagawa River and prospered as a post town on Tara Kaido Highway, the sub-road of Nagasaki Kaido highway, back in the Edo Period. The townscape in which many old sake breweries still remain is referred to as “Sakagura Dori (sake brewery avenue)” and was designated by the national government as a preservation area of important traditional architectures.
Takezaki crab is a kind of blue crab. To enjoy the natural flavor of the crab meat, we recommend boiling it in salted water. If you are a Japanese sake lover, you might enjoy "Kourazake"that you pour some sake into the crab shell and drinking it with crab innards.