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Mar- May
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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.

Apr-Nov
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Tidal Flat Experience

The tidal range of Ariake Sea is 6 meters. At “Michi No Eki Kashima,” located by Japan’s largest tidal flat of the Ariake Sea, you can play around in the mudflat and enjoy riding a mudflat ski (Gata Ski). Showers are available for the attendants. Group application is welcome. *Available only on Sat, Sun, Public Holidays and Summer School Holidays

Mar-May
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Mifuneyama Rakuen Flower Festival

The sight of 200 thousand azalea blooming across the vast field, measuring 5 million square meters, is overwhelmingly beautiful. Besides azalea blossoms in various colors, you will also see cherry blossoms and wisteria.

Apr-May
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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.

Apr-May
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Azalea at Yutoku Inari Shrine

Higashiyama Park located across the bridge from the main shrine site turns to an azalea garden featuring as many as 50 thousand azaleas. The beautiful view created by 40 kinds of azalea flowers is breathtaking. Wisteria, iris and peony at the Japanese garden will also be in their best time for viewing one after another and the park will be a paradise of flowers.

Apr-May
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Arita Ceramic Fair

More than a million people come to enjoy this ceramic fair every year. About 550 pottery shops open along the street (about 4 kilometers long) stretching from Kami Arita Station to Arita Station. There will also be various events such as the local gourmet fair and the table coordination exhibition.

Apr-May
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Karatsu Ceramic Fair

In this event, you can fully enjoy the aesthetics of Karatsu pottery, which have been loved by many tea ceremony masters and other cultural figures. Based on the theme of “the marriage between food and dish,” the event features exhibitions and sales of karatsu pottery as well as collaborative events by pottery makers and restaurants.

Apr-May
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Rhododendron in Koyaji Temple

Koyaji Temple, which was established by Kukai, is famous for its shakunage (Rhododendron) flowers. The 300 year old shakunage bush is a magnificent sight to behold and every year in April a Shakunage Festival is held.

Apr-May
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Peony Festival

This event is held at Kyushu’s largest peony garden named “Botan To Midori No Oka,” where you can see all kinds of peonies from around the world in full bloom. Outside the garden are forest, grass square, bamboo forest and other recreational spaces for kids. The first half of the festival period is the best time to view a tree peony and the latter half for Chinese peony.

Apr-May
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Wisteria of Maizuru Park in Karatsu Castle

The wisteria here is over 100 years old, and it is designated as a natural monument of the city. The size of the wisteria trellis is about 500 square meters, and each of the stems with wisteria flowers draping from the ceiling is 1.3 meters long. You will be fascinated by the scenery created by a total of 500 thousand beautiful wisteria flowers.

May
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Azalea Festival in Takenokoba Park

This azalea fair is held in Takenokoba Park when about 10,000 of azalea are in full bloom. There are vegetable markets, open-air concerts as well as bingo games during the fair. You can enjoy the view of islands including Iroha Island in the Imari Bay and Iki & Tsushima Island in the Genkai Sea.

May-Jun
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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.

May-Jun
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Lavender Fair

Here at China On The Park, you will be fascinated by the wonderful scent and the view of the purple carpet composed of 300㎡ English Lavender field, which spread across the 2,300 square meters field.

May-Jun
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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.

May-Jun
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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.

Jun
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Yobuko Great Tug of War

The history of this tug of war event traces back to the time when Toyotomi Hideyoshi set up his camp in Nagoya and made the troops of Kato Kiyomasa and Fukushima Masanori compete in a tug of war. It has a history of 420 years and is competed between the land team and sea team. If the land team wins, it is believed to be foretelling the good harvest of the coming year, if the sea team wins, the good catch of seafood. It is held on the first Saturday of June, every year.

May-Jun
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Kashima Gatalympic

The Kashima Gatalympic is a sports event held in the mudflats in late May to early June. The mudflats of the Ariake Sea have the largest tidal range in Japan and participants play in the mud while participating in an array of fun events that are unique to this bizarre sporting spectacle, such as a Gata Ski race using a unique fishing gear of the Ariake Sea called Gata Ski, bicycle racing, Gata flying game and a treasure hunt in the mudflats. Although it is a free admission event, the participants of the games are required to register in advance (Fee applies).

Jun
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Mikaeri No Taki Falls Hydrangea Festival

About 40 thousand hydrangea flowers beautifully bloom around the Mikaeri No Taki Falls, which have been selected as one of the best 100 falls of Japan.

Jun
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Firefly Watching Bus Tour in Ureshino Hot Springs

Ureshino that forms a basin has many firefly watching spots in the outskirts of the hot spring town. In Ureshino, you can join a bus tour which goes around those spots. The bus tour is only available to overnight guests at the hotels and inns in Ureshino. No participation fee is needed and you just need to make a reservation to join the tour.

Jun-Jul
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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.

Jun-Jul
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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.

Jun-Aug
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Okawachiyama Furin (Wind Bell) Festival

During this festival, the town of Okawachiyama will be filled with sounds of many attractive wind bells produced by the kilns in the area. Boshi (a container used when firing a ceramic) Lantern Festival, scheduled to be held in mid-July, is going to fill the area with fantastic atmosphere.

Jul
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Kyushu Firework Festival

This firework festival is one of the main summer events in Karatsu City, Saga. Approximately six thousand fireworks will be in the sky while more than two hundred thousand visitors come and watch. The climax is 2-feet fireworks and set fireworks called Niagara fall. The big and gorgeous fireworks shot off with Karatsu Castle in the background, decorate the summer sky.

Jul
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International Shower Climbing in Nanayama

In this event, participants will try to reach the goal by walking, swimming and climbing in the nature located along the downstream of Kan’non no Taki Falls. Registration is required to participate in the event.

Jul-Sep
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Mifuneyama Rakuen - Takeo Takeakari (Bamboo Lantern Festival)

The main feature of this event is the projection mapping display set up by “Team Labo,” the “ultra technologist” group, on the water surface of the pond in Mifuneyama Garden. This year, the art display will take up the surface of the whole pond, in a scale three times larger than last year. Flickering flames of as many as 5,000 bamboo lanterns will beautifully decorate the garden spreading over the site of about 600 thousand square yards.

Aug
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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.

Aug
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Summer in Imari/Docchan Festival

The port of Imari is known for its busy export of Imari porcelain during the Edo period, and Docchan Festival is held to recreate the life of the port through carrying of miniature shrines by women and dance by citizens. "Docchan" means "to where" and it derives from the story that merchants, who came to Imari, were entertained by the local merchants but couldn't decide where to go because there were so many places of entertainment. The highlight is the carrying of shrines by women and it is a must-see.

Aug
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Imari Firework Festival

This firework festival is held at the same time as Docchan Festival that takes place in summer in Imari. About 2,500 of beautiful fireworks light up the night sky of Imari.

Aug-Nov
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Apple Picking

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)

Sep
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Kashima Traditional Arts Festival

It is an event held in Kashima-City, where the most number of traditional arts remain in Saga. Performers from all over Saga will gather on the grounds of Yutoku Inari Shrine to share various traditional arts such as Memburyu.

Sep
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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.

Apr & Oct
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Sekisai・Koushi Festival

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.

Oct
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Imari Ton-Ten-Ton Festival

This festival has been held at Imari Shrine since the Edo period, and it is known as one of the three biggest fighting festivals in Japan.

Oct
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Dedicating Yabusame

When Yoritomo Minamoto visited Takeo Shrine to pray for victory in the war against the Taira clan, he was encouraged by a white heron serving as a messenger for the shrine. The incident helped Yoritomo win the war, and he sent an imperial messenger to the shrine in appreciation of his victory. In return, the feudal lord of Takeo dedicated a horse, and this story is said to be the origin of this event.

Oct
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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.

Oct
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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.

Oct
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Imari Autumn Festival

Imari Autumn Festival is held in late October every year along with Tontenton Festival and is a local festival for the citizens. During the festival there are events such as a parade, carrying miniature shrine by children, “Imari Dance” by some companies and organizations as well as drum performances called “Imari Daiko”. Imari will be full of festival atmosphere with those events and shops.

Oct-Nov
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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.

Nov
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Autumn Foliage at Kankyo Geijutsu No Mori Park

About 50 acres of "Kankyo Geijutsu No Mori," which took about 30 years to be made, is located under Mt. Sakurei. In autumn, more than 10,000 maple trees turn red, yellow, and light green and turn the valley into a whole other world. The little waterfalls and babbling sound as well as the arrangement of the natural stones are exquisite.

Nov-Dec
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Autumn Foliage at Mifuneyama Rakuen

There are about 500 maple trees turning red like fire in the 150,000 square-meter garden that is reminiscent of a landscape painting. The combination of the colors of red, orange, yellow is beautiful. We shine the light on the autumn leaves during certain period of "Autumn Leaves Festival."

Oct-Nov
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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.

Nov
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Shichimensou Festival

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"?

Nov
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Karatsu Kunchi

The Karatsu Shrine's autumn festival "Karatsu Kunchi Hikiyama Parade" has been registered as UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage "Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan." This is an annual autumn festival of Karatsu Shrine. The 14 Hikiyama floats from the 1st "Akashishi (Red Lion)" to the 14th "Shichihomaru (Seven Treasures)," parade through the city of Karatsu while calling out to each other to keep the rhythm with flutes and drums. This Hikiyama parade has been designated as a Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset of Japan and those 14 floats are registered as Saga Prefecture's Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property.

Nov
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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.

Nov-Dec
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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.

Nov
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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.

Nov
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Nabeshima Domain Kiln Autumn Festival

Nabeshima Domain Kiln Autumn Festival is held in Okawachiyama, Imari, the porcelain town nestled in the mountain where the traditional porcelain making method of the kiln once owned by the Nabeshima Clan has been handed down since the Edo Period (17th - 19th century). Expressing gratitude toward predecessors who contributed to the development of the town, a porcelain is dedicated to Nipposha Shrine and a memorial ritual for the brushes used for painting porcelains are held as part of the festival. The porcelain fair held during the festival offers porcelains and potteries at 20 to 30 percent discount and attracts a lot of visitors every year. Another great thing you must check out is the beautiful colored leaves in the Okawachiyama area, the national historic site surrounded by mountain cliffs like those you would see in Chinese style landscape paintings.

Nov
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Arita Autumn Ceramic Fair

This ceramic fair is held with a slightly different atmosphere from Arita Ceramic Fair held in Spring. It won't be as hectic. While enjoying the great hospitality of the local stores and kilns, you can stroll around the town designated as Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings. One of the greatest features of the fair is that one of the famous kilns of Arita open its door to public to show the traditional pottery production method called "Makigamataki."

Dec
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Yutoku Inari Shrine Ohitaki

Ohitaki is a traditional ritual held at night as a part of the ceremonial offering that has been performed for over 300 years. It is believed that getting close to the divine fire purifies you of sins and foulness. Kashima City's Specialty Fair is held on the same day to promote the city's specialty products.

Dec
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Yoshinogari Hikari no Hibiki

The winter solstice used to be the day when people celebrated the beginning of Spring in the Yayoi period. Now we celebrate the visit of the winter solstice at Yoshinogari Historical Park. Enjoy the longest night of the year with lights, fires and music. Starmine (Successive Fireworks) - 20:00 START Dynamic display of 700 fireworks launched successively. Hot-air Balloon Night Glow - 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM A fantastic atmosphere will be created with balloons illuminated by the burner fire at dusk. 15 to 20 balloon are scheduled to be anchored.

Dec-Jan
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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.

Dec-Feb
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Kagayake (Let it Shine)! Imari Festival

The lights decorating Imari Station Park, Imari Odori Street and the trees along the arcade create dreamy atmosphere in Imari.

Jan
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Takezaki Kanzeonji Temple Shushoue Oni Matsuri

At this festival, ritualistic festive events such as "Daishouchi" that a man wearing a red coat and disguising as a devil swings a bundle of kashi oak branches to drive away bad lucks, and "Dojimai Dance (Saga Prefecture’s designated important cultural property)," a traditional dance performance by two masked boys, are held.

Jan
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Onja Onja Bonfire

Kadomatsu and shimekazari, the New Year’s ornaments, are gathered from around the city, piled up on the shrine site and put on fire to offer a prayer for good health and safety of families for the coming new year.

Jan
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Funa (Crucian Carp) Market

Held every year during New Year's holidays, this traditional market has a history of over 300 years. People buy edible Crucian carp (Funa) here to serve it to the gods as New Year’s offering.

Feb
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Ureshino Attaka Festival

Hundreds of hand-made lanterns softly light up the streets of Ureshino Onsen. Enjoy the events, local dishes and sake while strolling around this warm and comforting town.

Feb-Mar
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Arita Hiina Dolls Festival

This is an event to celebrate Hinamatsuri (Girl's Festival) by displaying porcelain hina dolls which are unique to Arita. Meissen porcelain hina dolls made by Kakiemon (a famous pottery master) and the world’s largest porcelain hina dolls will be exhibited at the event. In spring, Arita porcelain hina dolls will decorate the shops and kilns in Arita, and restaurants in the area will serve special menus (limited-time offer).

Feb
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TAKEO・Hiryuugama Kiln Lantern Festival

Hiryugama is known for its kiln of the world’s largest size. At night on St. Valentine’s Day and its eve, 6,000 lanterns and electric illuminations will together create fantastic sea of light There will also be various fun events including stage shows and a fair of adorable potteries..

Feb-Mar
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Porcelain Hiina Dolls Festival

This festival of porcelain hina doll is held in Okawachiyama, the home of many hideaway kilns. Porcelain dolls unique to each kiln will be exhibited and sold.

Feb-Mar
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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.

Feb-Mar
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Flower Viewing at Imari Baien / Fujino'o Plum Orchard

Here you can take a stroll around the orchard while enjoying the blossoms of plum trees. From above the hilly part in the orchard, you can enjoy the superb panoramic view of the orchard and the town of Imari. The orchard also overlooks the nice view of Mount Koshidake, which is referred to as “a Mount Fuji in Imari.”

Feb-Mar
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Ume (Plum Tree) Festival in Ureshino Miyuki Park

Miyuki Plum Garden, a part of the vast Miyuki Park, has about 400 plum trees including “Yaekoubai” and other plum variations gifted from Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Feb-Mar
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Plum Trees in Mifunagaoka Bairin (Plum Orchard)

Mifuneyama Bairin is a plum orchard of about 16.5 hectares spreading over the eastern foot area of Mt. Mifuneyama. About 3,000 plum trees come in full bloom from around mid-February until March and a plum flower viewing event will be held in the area.

Feb-Mar
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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.

Mar
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Kashima Sakagura (Sake Brewery) Tourism

6 sake breweries in Kashima City open their doors to public at the same time and hold various events where visitors can enjoy tasting and purchasing sake (fees are charged in some parts of the event). Welcoming events are held at Hizen Hamashuku and Yutoku Monzen Shopping Street.

Mar
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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.

Mar-Apr
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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.

Mar-Apr
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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.

Mar-Apr
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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.

Mar-Apr
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Cherry Blossom in Mt. Kagamiyama

5,000 trees of Someiyoshino bloom here. The observatory on the summit overlooks a panoramic view of Karatsu City. Also, the path along the hillside is lined with cherry trees on both sides, which make a tunnel of cherry blossoms.

Mar-Apr
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Cherry Blossoms in Sakuragaoka Park in Arita Town

The lawn-covered park will be decorated with Yaezakura (double-flowered cherry). Many families visit here to enjoy flower viewing and barbecue. You can also enjoy grass skiing in the park.

Mar-Apr
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Imari International Amateur Pottery Exhibition

It is an exhibition by amateur potters judged by Saga's famous potters; 14th Nakazato Tarouemon, 14th Imaizumi Imaemon, and 15th Sakaida Kakiemon. Please enjoy the works by passionate and creative artists from all over the world. Not only the wroks of the prize holders but also the ones of other participants are exhibited.

Mar-Apr
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Cherry Blossoms of "Sakura No Sato" in Shiroishi town

In the "Sakura No Sato (cherry village)" area, about 650 cherry trees planted along the forest road will be in full bloom in spring and attract a lot of visitors seeking to enjoy flower viewing. The area also commands a great view of Mt. Unzen in the distance.

Mar-Apr
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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.

Mar-Apr
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Cherry Blossoms of Nagoya Castle Ruins

Nagoya Castle Ruins is scattered with many atmospheric stone walls and has about 400 Someiyoshino cherry blossom trees and other plants that will come in full bloom in spring. The site is adjoined by Saga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum and the cafe “Chaen Kaigetsu,” which features an authentic tea ceremony room and a Japanese garden. The surrounding area also has many sites of old battle camps of famous feudal warlords. As the area is also a part of “Kyushu Olle Karatsu Course,” it would be a good idea to have a walking tour around here. Also worth checking out here is the night time lighting up of Nagoya Castle Ruins, which is held only during a certain period.

Mar-Apr
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Cherry Blossoms at Mifuneyama Rakuen

About 2,000 cherry trees will be lit up at night in Kyushu’s largest light show and colorfully decorate the foot of Mt. Mifuneyama. You will be able to enjoy a succession of stunning scenes at the prestigious garden that is historically associated with the Nabeshima Family of Takeo.

Mar-Apr
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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.

Apr
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Okawachiyama Spring Ceramic Fair

This is the annual pottery fair held by 30 kilns of the secret pottery village registered as Japan Heritage, Okawachiyama. You can purchase the pottery at reasonable prices. There will also be an exhibition of new pottery works themed on spring and a shopping stamp rally held along with the fair. You will also be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of Okawachiyama area with cherry blossoms in full bloom at the time of the fair.

Apr
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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.

Apr
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Uranosaki Station Sakura Tunnel

Somei Yoshino which covers the railroad tracks of "Matsu-ura Railway, Uranosaki Station" was planted when the station first opened, and it has been protected by the locals. Approximately 90 of them decorate the scenery of the train. Whether you look at the scenery from inside the train or to look at the train going by with cherry blossom in the background, they both have its own way to be enjoyed and Japanese railroad fans love it. At its best season "Sakura Station Festival" will be held.

Jul-Sep
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Takeo Akari Festival

Light shows are held at various locations in Takeo city; Take Shrine, The Great Camphor Tree of Takeo, Takeo Onsen Hoyomura and others. At Mifuneyama Rakuen, you may enjoy special light show projected on the pond surface. Join a stamp rally and collect the stamp at each event venue.

Apr-May
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Okawachiyama "Imari Ceramic Fair"

This event is held during the Golden Week holidays in the village of the secret kilns, Okawachiyama, recognized as Japan Heritage. Arita Ceramic Fair is held at the same time and the village will be filled with people.

Time Travel at night from July ~ March (Night Sky Time Travel)
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Night view projection mapping "Night Sky Time Travel" An original story will be displayed for 10 minutes on the glass windows, which serve as a screen. It is a story about time traveling from the past to present and the future with the night view of Saga in the background. Furthermore, at the north side, you can enjoy the interactive product which reacts to human movements. When the visitors touch the windows, buildings and trees will be displayed, and the visitors can create the future town of Saga all by themselves.

Mar-Jan
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Hizen Saga Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration Expo

Saga Prefecture had the most advanced technology in Japan during Bakumatsu Meiji Restoration Period and held the key for Meiji Restoration Period. Hizen Saga Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration Expo has many attractions such as Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration Memorial Museum which provides the visual experience of Saga in Bakumatu Meiji Restoration Period, Hagakure Miraikan whose theme is "Hagakure", which is born in Saga, showing samurai guides and Real Kodokan (Open on April, 16, 2018) which provides the experience of clan school where Shigenobu Okuma study. In addition to these, notable and special planning exhibitions are packed in the cultural facilities nearby. And also, satellite buildings will open in Karatsu and Tosu. You can learn the history of Saga and fully enjoy food, culture and art of Saga there. You can learn the history of Saga and fully enjoy food, culture and art of Saga there.

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