By Japanese standards, Saga Castle is a rather unusual castle. Being built on plains and surrounded by only a wall, whereas most Japanese castles are..
If you’re looking for a formidable shrine to visit, look no further than Saga Shrine. With two sturdy cannons out front representing the prefecture’s development of advanced weaponry, this shrine enshrines the 10th lord of the Nabeshima Domain, Naomasa Nabeshima, and Naohiro, the 11th lord.
Just a short walk from Saga Castle and Saga Prefectural Museum, Saga Shrine holds an interesting belief that if you visit all eight sub-shrines on the shrine grounds your wish will come true. And be sure to visit on December 31st when the cannons are fired.
Be sure to visit this designated special government shrine and take in the interesting atmosphere that was a popular spot in the late-Edo and early-Meiji periods.
There are two cannons placed outside the front of the shrine. These represent Saga’s advanced weaponry and are even fired once a year, on December 31st, by local government officials.
A 7-minute taxi ride from Saga Station.