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March - May
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Cherry and Azalea at Ayabe Shrine

Ayabe Shrine and the mountain it is located in are collectively and friendly referred to as “Miyayama” by the locals. The whole mountain will be dyed pink with about 500 cherry trees and about 700 azaleas in full bloom. With the path to the summit lit up with hundreds of lanterns at night, the mountains attracts a lot of visitors seeking to enjoy flower viewing.

Apr - Nov
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Tidal Flat Workshop

The tidal range of Ariake Sea is 6 meters. At “Michi No Eki Kashima,” located on Japan’s largest tidal flat of the Ariake Sea, you can join a workshop to play around in the mudflat and enjoy riding a mudflat ski (Gata Ski). The workshop attendants can use shower. Group application is welcomed. *Workshop Open Only on Sat, Sun, Public Holidays and Summer School Holidays during the Period

Apr-May
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Mifuneyama Garden

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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Azalea at Daikozenji

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.

April-May
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Azalea at Yutoku Inari Shrine

Across the bridge leading from the shrine site where the main shrine hall is located is Higashiyama Park, which features as many as about 50 thousand azaleas. The beautiful view created by ten varieties of variously colored azalea flowers is definitely worth a see. Wisterias, irises and peonies 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 Pottery Fair

More than a million people come to enjoy the pottery fair every year. About 550 pottery shops open along the street(about 4 kilometers long) stretching from Kamiarita 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 Pottery 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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Koyaji Rhododendron

There are 20 types of rhododenron flowers planted on the grounds of this temple. The blooming of 1000 Japanese rhododendron flowers native to Japan and Europe will be at its peak soon.

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 Karatsu Castle

The wisteria which grows 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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Azaleas Fair in Takenokoba Park

Azaleas Fair is held in Takenokoba Park when about 10,000 azaleas 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 Imari Bay and Iki & Tsushima Island in the Sea of Genkai.

May-Jun
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Yamato Iris Park

Here you can enjoy 400 thousand irises of 100 kinds from ones with delicate and refined beauty to ones with rather gallant beauty.

May-Jun
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Lavender Fair

Here at China on the Park, you will be fascinated by the wonderful scent and view of the purple carpet composed of 4,000 lavender bushes, which spread across the 2,300 square meters field.

May-June
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Fireflies at Gion River,Ogi-city

Along Gion River in Ogi, with fireflies of Genji variation allegedly numbering about a few tens of thousands fly around, makes one of the best firefly watching spots in Kyushu. Gion River is also listed in “100 Villages with Living Things” for the fireflies.

May-June
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Firefly Park in Miyaki

There is a habitat of fireflies in the northern part of Miyaki-cho. Sometime between May 20th and June 10th will be the time when they most actively fly around. The variations you can see here includes Genji fireflies and Heike fireflies.

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

This event is muddy spots day held in a mud flat, which is created by the tidal variation. It is full of Gataskii race, sumo, treasure hunt and various other unique games. Admission is free but participation fee applies. Reservation is required for participation.

Jun
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Fall Hydrangea Festival

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

June-July
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Oga Lotus Flower,Yoshinogari Historical Park

Oga Lotus Flower was first bred by growing a seed that the botanist Dr. Ichiro Oga discovered at the archeological ruins in Chiba City. So it is the lotus flower discovered from a 2,000 years old ruins. As their flowers close in the afternoon, it is only in the morning that you can enjoy their blossoms.

June-July
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Lotus Flower at Shoukouji Temple

Shoukouji Temple is a temple located near Taku Seibyo (confucian temple) and dedicated to a syncretic form of religion between Buddhism and Shinto. Here you can see Oga lotus and Maihiren lotus. Oga lotus is especially divinely beautiful seen in the refreshing morning sunlight.

Jun-Aug
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Wind Bell Festival

During this festival, the town of Okawachiyama will be filled with sounds of many attractive sound bells produced by the kilns in the area. Boshi Lantern Festival, scheduled to be held in mid-July, is going to fill the area with fantastic atmosphere created by lanterns.

July
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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 on sky while more than two hundred thousand visitors come and watch. The climax is called Niagara fall, created by effect fireworks. Big, gorgeous fireworks will be shoot off and decorate the summer sky, with Karatsu Castle as background.

July
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Torrent Walk

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 Waterfall. Reservation is required to participate in the event.

Jul - Sep
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Bamboo & Light Display

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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Sakae-no-Kuni Festival

Events such as YOSAKOI Saga, Parade and Sou Odori Dance will heat up the Saga City Central Street, the main street in Saga City which stretches from JR Saga Station to Saga Castle ruins.

August
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Summer in Imari / Docchan Festival

The port of Imari is known for its busy export of Imari porcelain during 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.

August :Imari Citizen Fireworks Show
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The fireworks show is held at the same time as Imari's feature of summer called Dotchan Festival. It will light up the summer night sky with 2500 of fireworks.

Aug - Nov
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Apple Picking

Safe quality apples are cultivated with protection cover and all necessary cares. Biting into a whole apple is the best way to enjoy the taste. The taste of apple varies by brands and 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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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.

September
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Terrace Fields and Red Spider Lilly in Mt. Eriyama

Around the terrace 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 sceneries, especially towards late September, flaming red flowers of red spider lily decorate the paths running between the rice fields and enhance the rural scenic beauty.

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 Tontenton Festival

This festival has been held at Imari Shrine very year since the Edo period, and it is known as one of the three biggest fighting festivals in Japan, along with the ones held at Kokitsu Shrine and Totoshima Shrine.

Oct
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Dedicating Kaburagi

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 Road 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.

October
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Fire Festival in Yoshinogari Park

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.

October
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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.

October-November
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Sunflower Blooming in Autumn (Yamada Himawari En)

Sunflowers in the Yamada area in the northern part of Miyaki-cho come into bloom sometime between mid-October and mid-November. The sunflowers are planted by a group of the locals in the terraced fields on a mountain hillside. Large flowers of vivid and bright yellow in autumn have a slightly different atmosphere 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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Forest of Environmental Art

The "Forest of Environmental Art" located under the Sakurei Mountain grew up to 50 acres in about 30 year. In autumn, more than 10,000 maple trees turn red, yellow, and light green, turning the valley into a whole other world. You can hear the little waterfalls babbling see the exquisite arrangement of the natural stones.

Nov
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Mifuneyama Autumn leaves

There is a 150 000 square meters Japanese garden that reminds you of Landscape painting, there is also about 500 Wood of maples. The combination of Red, Orange, Yellow is just fantastic. We shine the light on autumn leaves during some period of "Autumn leave festival"

Nov
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Saga International Balloon Fiesta

There are over a hundred balloons participating this event from all over the world, and it is the biggest international competition in Asia. Not only for competition, at the same time there are also cute looking balloons too, such as animal shaped balloon. The event is called "Balloon Fantasia" Also there is an event called "La Montgolfier Nocturne" in the dark there will be balloons all across the riverbed lighting up as the band playing.

Nov
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Shichimenso 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

Karatsu shrine's Autumn festival with the event of floats has been registered as UNESCO intangible cultural heritage (Yama, Hoko and Yatai float festivals). It is Karatsu shrine's Autumn festival. There are 14 floats in this parade, as they walk through the city, they call out to each other to keep the rhythm with flutes, and drums they hear calling out to each other. This float event specified as our country's important intangible folk culture asset, and 14 floats are specified as Saga prefecture's important tangible folk-cultural property.

Nov
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Kunenan Public Opening

Scenic beauty of Japan Kyunenanshu. The place opens to the public every year for a limited time period only. There is a villa of a businessman from the Meiji era and a Japanese garden nearby the mountain, merging with the autumn leaves and moss plants on the ground.

Nov
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Kiyomizu Bamboo lights

We light up the Kiyomizu waterfall, one of the symbols of Small Kyoto "Ogi", and its surrounding red maple trees. Take a magical night's walk on the promenade lit up by 10,000 bamboo lanterns in Ogi.

Nov-Dec
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Daikozenji’s Red Leaves

There are over 500 Japanese maple trees planted in the 75,000 square meters garden. The colors of autumn leaves and a thatched roof gives an exquisite contrast.

Nov
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KoushinoSato Autumn Fes

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 art, music, workshops and various other events. Inside the park is Kan’otei, an old community hall registered as a tangible cultural property of Japan. The interior of this building is usually inaccessible but becomes open to public only during the festival and you can go inside and take a rest here.

November
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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.

November
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Arita Autumn Porcelain Fair

This porcelain fair is held with a slightly different taste and mood from Arita Pottery Fair, which is held during the Golden Week holidays and allows you to stroll around the pottery town slowly at your own pace. You can enjoy the great hospitality of the local stores and kilns, the scenery of the town designated as Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings, touring around green-rich Arita-cho decorated by glittering-gold gingko trees and colored leaves. One of the greatest features of the fair is the opening of a porcelain workshop at one of the major kilns in Arita where they produce porcelains in a traditional method called “makigamataki.”

Dec
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Yutoku Inari Ohitaki

Ohitaki is a traditional night shine ritual with a history of over 300 years. It is believed that getting close to the divine fire in this ritual purifies you of sins and foulness. On the same day as the ritual, there will also be a fair of Kashima City’s specialty products.

Dec
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Hikari No Hibiki in Yoshinogari

The winter solstice used to be the day when ancient people in Japan, who counted on the sun for their rituals, celebrated the beginning of season’s change into spring We now celebrate the visit of the winter solstice at Yoshinogari Historical Park. Enjoy the longest night in the whole year with illumination display decorated with light, fire 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.

December - January
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Takuseibyo Temple Bonfire

When the priest put the wood pile 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 bon fire and pray for health and safety of your family for the coming year.

December-February
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Let it Shine! Imari Festival

The illumination at Imari Station Park, on Imari Avenue, and trees on Station St. Shopping District will light up the town of Imari.

January
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Takezaki Kanzeonji Temple Shushoe Oni Matsuri

At this festival, you can see a ritualistic festive event where a man wearing a red coat and disguising as a devil swings a bundle of kashi oak branches to drive away bad lucks and a traditional dance performance by two masked boys (“dojimai dance”: Saga Prefecture’s designated important cultural property).

January
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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.

January
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Funaichi Market

Held every year during New Year’s holidays, this is the traditional market with a history of over 300 years. People buy edible gibel fish (funa) here to serve it to the gods as New Year’s offering.

Feb
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Ureshino Attaka Festival

A hundred hand-made lanterns with flower and haiku prints on them softly light up the row of shops on the main street of Ureshino. In the sub-events of the festival, you can enjoy watching traditional performance art and having local dishes and sake, which will introduce you to the comforting atmosphere of the inn town.

Feb-Mar
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Arita Hiina Matsuri

This is an event to celebrate Hinamatsuri(Doll'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 doll will be exhibited at the event. In sping, Arita porcelain hina dolls will decorate the shops and kilns in Arita, and restaurants in the area will serve special dishes (limited-time offer).

Feb
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TAKEO・Hiryugama 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 Hina Matsuri

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 Hina Festival

Hina dolls succeeded from the Nabeshima Clan of the Saga Domain, Nabeshima Komon textile, a collection of hand-made Saga Nishiki fabric, and other beautiful Hina dolls unique to Saga will be on display at the festival.

February - March
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Flower Viewing at 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.”

February - March
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Ume Festival in Miyuki Park

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

February-March Mifunagaoka Bairin
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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.

February - March
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Ushinoo Bairin,Misato,Ogi-city (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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Sake Brewery Tourism

6 sake breweries in Saga City will open 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). There will also be welcoming events held at Hizen Hamashuku and Yutoku Monzen Shopping Street.

March
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Okayu Dameshi

Kayudameshi 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.

March-April
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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.

March-April
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Cherry Blossoms at Ogi Park

Ogi Park was originally built by Motoshige Nabeshima, the first lord of Ogi clan, and Naoyoshi, the second lord. It entertains its visitors with the scenic beauty varying by seasons but the cherry blossom in spring is by far the most recommendable here. It is said that the reputation of the cherry flowers here even reached the Imperial Palace. The park was listed in the best 100 cherry viewing spots in Japan and attracts a lot of visitors seeking to enjoy the beautiful scenery created by about 3,000 cherry trees in spring.

March-April
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Cherry Blossoms at Niiyama Park

About a hundred of Yoshino Cherry bloom profusely. The 60 meters long bridge here called “Aiaibashi” is widely believed to bring luck in love and very popular.

March-April
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Cherry Blossom in Mt. Kagamiyama

5,000 trees of Yoshino cherry variation bloom here from the mountain. The observatory on the summit overlooks a panoramic view of Karatsu City. The path along the hillside is lined with cherry trees on both sides, which make a tunnel of cherry flowers.

March-April
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Cherry Blossom in Sakuragaoka Park,Arita-town

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

March-April
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Imari International Spring Pottery Fair

It is an exhibition by amateur pottery ceramic artists judged by representative artists 14th head of Nakazato Tarouemon, 14th head of Imaizumi Imaemon, 15th head of Sakaida Kakiemon. The exhibition includes works by passionate and creative artists from different countries not only the prize holders but also all the applicants.

March-April
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Cherry Blossom in "Sakura No Sato",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 Mout Unzen in a far distance.

March-April
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Cherry Blossom in Kouno Park

On the present site of Kouno Parkpark, was originally dedicated to the secondary residence of Naomasa Nabeshima, the 10th lord of the Saga clan, was built in 1846, and referred to as “Jinya No Ochaya (Jinya Teahouse).” The site was donated to Saga City in 1923 to be developed as a park. Today, the park has cafes, kids playground and other facilities and also has cherry trees, which all come into full bloom and make a great flower viewing spot in spring. There is also the statue of Shinpei Goto, who, along with Takamori Saigo, was one of the most influential players in politics from the late 19th to early 20th century.

March-April
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Cherry Blossoms at Nagoya Castle Ruins Site

Nagoya Castle Ruins Site is scattered with many atmospheric stone walls and has about 400 Yoshino variation cherry 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.

March-April
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Cherry Blossom at Mifuneyama Rakuen

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

March-April
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Cherry Blossom 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 musem and other cultural facilities. In spring, you can enjoy the beauty of the scenic park decorated with about 400 cherry trees of Yoshino variation.

April
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Spring Pottery Fair in Okawachiyama

Pottery Fair is held by 30 kilns of Pottery Village in Okawachiyama registered as Japanese Heritage. It provides a great opportunity for you to get pottery at discounted prices. There will also be an exhibition of new pottery 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 period.

April
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Wisteria in Maki

Japanese wisteria will come in full bloom at the site of Makimachi Tenmangu Shrine. The vine tree of wisteria here is estimated to be about 120 years old and is 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 of "Matsu-ura Railway, Uranosaki Station" was planted when the station first opened, and it has been protected by the local people. Approximately 90 of them direct the scenery of the train. To look at the scenery from inside the train or to look at the train going by with cherry blossom in a background, they both have its own way to be enjoyed, and Japanese railroad fans love it. At its best season "Station of Sakura" will be held.

July-September
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Takeo Light Display

Light display shows will be held at Takeo Shrine, The great camphor tree of Takeo, Takeo Onsen Hoyomura and other locations. At Mitakeyama Garden, you will be able to enjoy special water surface light projection show. You can also join a stamp rally at each of the event venues.

April-May
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Okawachiyama Village "Imari Porcelain Festival"

This event is held during the Golden Week holidays and is recognized as a Japan Heritage. Arita Ceramic Fair is held at the same time and many people visit here.

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