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Part 1: Get Your Yukata ON! Summer Mode ON! And Head Off To The Tanabata Festival!

Offering you full support for your summer trip! This article is a two part article so definitely keep reading on to the second piece. We have listed information that is sure to be useful for your trip.




1. The Entrance Gate

This is Mifuneyama Rakuen, in Takeo-shi, Saga Prefecture, which is a garden that represents the Kyushu area. In the Edo period, Shigeyoshi Nabeshima of the Saga Clan had completed it in 1845 after having spent about 3 years on it. On top of the 210m (about 689 ft) tall mountain, Mifuneyama, is this magnificent garden of 150,000 tsubo (about 5.38m sq ft, or about the size of 10 Tokyo Domes). Its entrance gate is regal-looking and has a very strong presence. 


2. Spring: Cherry Blossoms, Azaleas

As in the past, the Tsutsuji Matsuri (Azalea Festival) was held in 2015 as well. The 200,000 azalea trees and the 5,000 cherry trees are just too amazing! And the fresh air out in the nature is something else! 


3. Summer: Tanabata Festival


The highlight of this article is this, the Noryo Takeakari.
Just watch the video! ↓

Noryo Takeakari

納涼 竹あかり

Isn’t it just so magical!? Over 5,000 bamboo lanterns are set up.

Plus! A special tip just for you! For those of you wearing a yukata (summer kimono) or jinbei (Japanese casual wear for summer), admission is free! Get you summer mode switched on and GO! 


4. Autumn: The Warmth of the Autumn Foliage

We are taking this opportunity to show you the Autumn scenery as well. If you enjoyed the Tanabata Festival of the Summer, why not see a different side of Mifuneyama when the leaves change color?

Information: Mifuneyama Rakuen

Address: 4100 Oaza Takeo, Takeo-cho, Takeo-shi, Saga
Access: Hakata Station → Takeo Onsen Station
Open: Please inquire at number below
Phone: 0954-23-3131
Price: Adult: 400yen, Children: 200yen
Official Website:


This article doesn’t end here. Aren’t you interested in other places, nearby facilities, onsen (hot spring) hotels that are inside Mifuneyama that you should see?

Get all this information in Part 2!: Part 2 Dango, Jizo, Onsen: How Will You Enhance Your Trip To Mifuneyama Rakuen?

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