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Fukuoka Departure! From Saga to NagasakiJourney Through Northern Kyushu

A journey through Kyushu's northern regions, from the quintessntial Japanese castle town infused with tradition, to the city bustling with different cultures from around the world. Spend a day or two exploring the beauty of the different and unique local sites, culture, cuisine, history and of course mingling with the warm-hearted people of Kyushu. Climb the five stories of Karatsu's Castle, or experience the Glover Garden, a registered World Heritage Site. Nagasaki's Lantern Festival in February is also out of this world. With much more to enjoy and many seasonal events, the nothern regions of Kyushu are a must!

Route

Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City

(1) Tenjin
(2) Sakurai Futamigaura
↓ Approx. 1 hour by car.

Saga Prefecture, Karatsu City

(3) Niji no Matsubara
↓ Approx. 15 min by car.
(4) Karatsu Castle
↓ Approx. 1 hour 30 min by car.

Nagasaki Prefecture, Nagasaki City

(5) Nagasaki Chinese District
↓ Approx. 10 min by car.
(6) Tateyama Park
↓ Approx. 10 min by car.
(7) Shofuku-ji Temple
↓ Approx. 10 min by car.
(8) Glover Residence
↓ Approx. a 10 min-walk.
(9) Nagasaki City Centre

START (FUKUOKA)

Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City

Let's begin with an explore of Fukuoka!

Tenjin
Tenjin
Boasting a collection of three large department stores, make sure to get your hands on some souvenirs before beginning your journey. Tenjin's additional underground shopping mall is also filled with commercial fancies!
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Sakurai Futamigaura
Sakurai Futamigaura
Just a short drive of about one hour from Fukuoka City is the gorgeous Sakurai Futamigaura. It has unique “wedded rocks” standing up out of the sea which are related to the Japanese legend of how the islands of Japan were created. This coupled with spectacular sunsets, beautiful nature, and an array of nearby cafes and restaurants where you can rest your weary feet, Sakurai Futamigaura is a perfect afternoon out and about!
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Approx. 1 hour by car from Fukuoka City Centre

Saga Prefecture, Karatsu City

Let's go on a tour of Karatsu!

Niji no Matsubara
Niji no Matsubara .
Nationally designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, and boasting a large amount of pine groves, including Japan's three largest pines, Niji no Matsubara stretches around the harbour of Karatsu and beyond.
Shoro Manju
Shoro Manju
A taste of Karatsu, why not try the famous local sweet, Shoro Manju.
Karatsu Castle
Karatsu Castle
Karatsu Castle was originally built in 1608, having been restored later in 1966. The castle features a five level keep that is often called Maizuru Castle.
Karatsu Castle
ADDRESS:Saga Prefecture, Karatsu City, Higashi-Jonai 8-1
ACCESS:Take the JR Karatsu Line/Chikuhi Line to Karatsu Station. From the station it takes 20 minutes by foot and five minutes by taxi.
OPEN:9:00am~5:00pm
Castle is open until 16:40 in the afternoon
FEES:Adults: 410 yen, Primary and Elementary School Children: 200 yen (Discount for groups of more than 20 people).
Karatsu Castle
Karatsu Castle Town
Karatsu Castle Town is surrounded by buildings and walls which have stayed standing since the Edo period!

Karatsu City to Nagasaki City: Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes by car.

Nagasaki Prefecture, Nagasaki City

Nagasaki; a city with a unique history and culture attained through historical contact and trade between China and Europe

Nagasaki Lantern Festival
Nagasaki Lantern Festival
Created after lantern festivals in China on New Years, Nagasaki's own lantern festival features over 15000 lanterns of different shapes and sizes spread throughout the city.
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Tateyama Park
Tateyama Park
Tateyama Park offers an observation platform looking out over the city below, as well as a playground, sportsground and other public areas.
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
This museum features a restored version of Nagasaki's Magistrate Office from the Edo Period as well as exhibits featuring trade relations between the Netherlands and China during Japan's isolationist period. In this museum you can also learn about archaic language and artifacts from Nagasaki's history.
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
TEL:095-818-8366
ADDRESS:Nagasaki City, Tateyama, 1-1-1
ACCESS:From Sakura-Machi Tram Stop, five minutes walk. The Nagasaki community bus "Ran Ran" also stops outside the museum.
OPEN:8:30am~7:00pm
CLOSED:The 3rd Tuesday of every month (changed to Wednesday's in the event of a national holiday falling on a Tuesday)
Shofuku-ji Temple
Shofuku-ji Temple
Constructed in 1677, the Shofuku-ji Temple is where you go to pray for happiness and good fortune. Having an air of Chinese architecture about it, the temple features Nagasaki's largest temple bell and is lined with walls and decorations.
Shofuku-ji Temple
TEL:095-823-0282
ADDRESS:Nagasaki City, Tamazono-Machi, 3-77
ACCESS:Take the tram from JR Nagasaki Station headed for Hotarujaya. Get off at the Sakura-Machi Tram Station from which it is only five minutes walk.
PARKING:None
FEES:Free for visitation
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Designated an Important Cultural Propery, the Kofuku-ji Temple is one of the oldest temples constructed by the Chinese merchants of Nagasaki. The temple is one of many in Nagasaki's 'Temple Town.'
Kofuku-ji Temple
TEL:095-822-1076
ADDRESS:Nagasaki Prefecture, Nagasaki City, Tera-Machi, 4-32
ACCESS:Take the tram bound for Hotarujaya from Nagasaki Station getting off at the Public Hall. From there it is 5 minutes walk.
PARKING:None
OPEN:7:00am~5:00pm
CLOSED:Open all year
FEES:Adults: 300 yen, Primary and High School Students: 200 yen, Elementary School Students 100 yen
Glover Residence
Glover Residence
The former residence of the Scottish trader Thomas Glover, this is Japan's oldest western style building constructed from wood.
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Glover Garden
TEL:095-822-8223
ADDRESS:Nagasaki Prefecture, Nagasaki City, Minami Yamate-Machi 8-1
ACCESS:Take the tram bound for Shokakuji, transfering to the Ishihashi bound tram at Tsukimachi. Alight at Oura Chuch from which it is five minutes.
OPEN:8:00am~6:00pm (Normal Period) (Entrance until 17:40)
CLOSED:Open all year
FEES:Adults: 610 yen, High School Studens: 300 yen, Elementary School Students: 180 yen. Discounts for groups available.
Retro Photography Studio
Retro Photography Studio
In the converted former Nagasaki District Court, you can take photos dressed up in retro clothes. It is 600 yen per 30 minutes.
Statue of Miura Tamaki
Statue of Miura Tamaki
A statue of the Japanese opera singer who performed as Cio--Cio-San in Puccini's "Madame Butterfly."
Former Jiyu-Tei Restaurant
Former Jiyu-Tei Restaurant
Originally opening at the end of the Edo Period, it was the first restaurant in Japan offering Western food by a Japanese chef.
View of Nagasaki
View of Nagasaki
From Mount Inasayama, which has a height of 333 meters,you can look out over the city of Nagasaki, its buildings and houses hugging each other as they stretch up and down the many hills. The night view from here is said to be worth 10 million dollars, as the small lights dance against the night sky.

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