A 3-day and 2-night recommended route visiting Saga and Nagasaki by Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen!

Let’s go discover attractive aspects of Saga and Nagasaki prefectures using a new Shinkansen line! Here is one of the routes recommended by the att.JAPAN editorial office.

Day 1

<Day 1> 11:30 Departing from Hakata Station

The trip starts at Hakata Station, the main gateway to the Kyushu area! Get on a limited express to go to Takeo-Onsen Station in Saga Prefecture.

Hakata Station

13:00 Arriving at Takeo-Onsen Station

The first thing you should do after arriving at Takeo-Onsen Station is to have lunch! There is a burger shop, “TKB AWARDS,” which started as a corner of a famous local meat shop, about 8 minutes on foot from the station. The delicious Takeo Burger is recommended.

Takeo Burger
Interior of TKB AWARDS

Address Kameya Building A, 7811-5 Tomioka, Takeo-cho, Takeo City, Saga 
Regular holiday Mondays (If Monday is a national holiday, it will close the following day) 
URL https://www.instagram.com/tkbawards/?hl=ja

14:00 Takeo Onsen Romon

The red gate standing at the entrance of the onsen was constructed in 1915 and has been designated a national important cultural property. It was designed by Kingo Tatsuno, the architect who designed famous buildings such as Tokyo Station and Bank of Japan buildings. Not a single nail was used to make the gate!

Takeo Onsen Romon

14:30 Drop-by onsen facilities

Enjoy several drop-by onsen facilities near the gate, including “Motoyu,” which is said to be Japan’s oldest wooden building for a currently-used public bathhouse, and “Tonosamayu,” a private bath made entirely with marble, which used to serve as an exclusive bathroom for the lord of Takeo.


Takeo Onsen Motoyu

Business hours: 6:30–24:00 (admission until 23:00)
Fees: 450 yen for adults, 220 yen for children (from age 3 to elementary school students)
Address: 7425 Takeo, Takeo-cho, Takeo City, Saga

Takeo Onsen Tonosamayu

Business hours: 10:00–23:00 (*no reservation required, available on a first-come first-serve basis)
Fees: 3,800 yen (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) and 3,300 yen (weekdays) for 1 hour per room
Address: 7425 Takeo Takeo-cho, Takeo City, Saga

17:00 Stay at Ureshino Onsen

Arriving at Ureshino Onsen, another major onsen town in Saga! Stay at “Wataya Besso,” which offers you an opportunity to enjoy Ureshino’s delicious food and great onsen to your heart’s content, and have an extraordinary time.

The bookstore and bar in the facility serve a nice cup of Ureshino green tea from “Soejimaen,” a Ureshino tea grower. You can also purchase the teas at the shop. The hot spring water directly coming from the source on the premises pours into the large bath, open-air bath, private bath, and annex’s bath, allowing people to enjoy the onsen in various ways. It is one of the attractive points of this hotel. The lanterns here and there within the facility premises set the mood for your trip.

Exterior of Wataya Besso

Address 738 Shimojuku-otsu, Ureshino-machi, Ureshino City, Saga
URL https://wataya.co.jp/

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<Day 2>10:00 Leaving the hotel

Enjoy the must-try specialty dish of Ureshino, yudofu (hot tofu), for breakfast, and then let’s go strolling in the onsen town!


10:10 Strolling in Ureshino Onsen

Enjoy strolling around to visit “Siebold no Yu,” a public bathhouse serving as a symbol of Ureshino with an eye-catching orange pointed hat rooftop, and “Toyotamahime Shrine,” a visit to which is said to confer the benefit of beautiful skin. Then, have a break at a footbath facility.

Siebold no Yu ©SPTF
Siebold’s Footbath ©SPTF

Toyotamahime Shrine

13:00 Nagasaki Station

After arriving at Nagasaki Station, visit sightseeing spots and places serving local dishes in the city. It is also recommended to visit the two World Heritage sites in Nagasaki City, i.e., “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution (Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding, and Coal Mining Industries),” which includes Hashima (known as Gunknajima, or “Battleship Island”); and, among “Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region,” Oura Cathedral, the oldest existing church of Gothic architecture in Japan. The Glover Residence is also well worth a visit.

Oura Cathedral ©NPTA *Permission was obtained from the Archdiocese of Nagasaki.。
Gunknajima ©NPTA
Glover Garden ©NPTA

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18:00 Stay at Mt. Inasa

If you want to fully enjoy Nagasaki’s night view, which has been chosen as one of the “New Three Major Beautiful Night Views in the World,” you may want to have dinner at “ITADAKI,” a restaurant at Mt. Inasa Observatory or stay at “Inasayama Kanko Hotel.”

“ITADAKI” offers a great time enjoying dishes with local ingredients from Nagasaki along with drinks while enjoying the sparkling night view through the large windows. “Inasayama Kanko Hotel” is a place where you can enjoy Nagasaki’s great night view not only from each guestroom but also the large bath.

Inasayama Kanko Hotel


Closed: the 2nd Tuesday of the month
Address: Mt. Inasa Observatory 2F, 364 Inasa-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki

Inasayama Kanko Hotel

Closed: the 2nd Tuesday of the month
Address: Mt. Inasa Observatory 2F, 364 Inasa-machi, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki

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The information herein is as of August 2022
I was born in Kagoshima Prefecture and have lived in different parts of Kyushu. A lover of food, sake, and hot springs in Kyushu, my goal is to become a “Sen-nin” (hot spring master), the highest rank for those who accomplish the “Tour of the Eighty-eight Hot Springs in Kyushu.” I hope to convey the fascinating aspects of Japan while featuring my beloved homeland Kyushu!

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