Visit Kyushu's most limited-time attraction. Kunenan Garden opens its gates only twice a year, offering visitors a rare sight of the pristine grounds and vibrant colors of nature. The garden took nine years to construct, lending to its name "Nine-Year Garden"; commissioned by Meiji-period businessman Itami Yataro, he wanted a second home in the mountains of Saga Prefecture.
The gardens were completed in 1892 but didn't open its door to the public until 1988 for autumn and 2010 for the spring season. When the garden is open hundreds of visitors line up for their chance to see the impressive grounds, especially in autumn when the red leaves are at their most beautiful. In 1920, a tea room was added to the spacious grounds and guests today can see the tea room in the northwest corner of the garden.
An hour-and-a-half train and bus ride from Kanzaki Station; or an 11-minute taxi ride.