The Chikugo River Lift Bridge is a movable lift-type iron bridge, 507 meters in length and 30 meters in height, that crosses the Chikugo River, the largest river in Kyushu. This lift bridge was a daring and creative idea to solve the problem of erecting a bridge over this large river, characterized by great differences in water level depending on the tide, allowing trains to go across while also enabling large ships to navigate its water. It was completed in 1935 and was the grandest lift bridge in the Asian area.
This bridge continued to serve the people of the area for more than 50 years since it was built, but its use quietly came to an end with the termination of the former Japan National Railway’s Saga Line.
The bridge was later renamed “Tower Bridge Walkway,” and has been revived as a walkway that connects Morodomi-cho, Saga City and Okawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture, which lies on the other side of the river.
During the daytime, the bridge is a popular spot for a walk, and in the evening, it offers a lovely silhouette against the setting sun. At night, the illuminated bridge creates a romantic atmosphere, with its lights reflecting in the river.
|〈Access〉||By bus from the Saga Station Bus Center
On foot from the bridge’s viewing spot park
|〈Address〉||Oaza-Tameshige, Morodomi-cho, Saga-shi 840-2102|
|〈Hours〉||9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
(Closed the following day if Monday falls on a holiday)
December 29 – January 3
|〈Parking〉||Available (in the adjacent Bridge-Side Station Doronpa)|
From the Observation Deck you can watch not only the airplanes taking off and landing, but also enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the Ariake Sea and the Saga Plains. And on a sunny day, you may also be able to see Fugen-dake peak on Mount Unzen.
Restaurant Camphor offers a variety of dishes featuring locally produced ingredients, and also gives you an opportunity to try a local specialty called “Sicilian Rice.”
The Airport Park offers an athletic gym, a grass courtyard and a promenade and is an excellent spot for taking up-close photos of airplanes during takeoff and landing.
|〈Address〉||9476-187 Oaza-Inuido, Kawasoe-machi, Saga-shi 840-2212|
|〈Inquiries〉||Saga Terminal Building
|Saga Airport Administration Office
|〈Parking〉||Complimentary parking available|
Ancient Nikita Shrine, one of the representative shrines of the area, enshrines the Shinto god Susanoo and is believed to have been founded during the time of Emperor Yomei in the Asuka Period. The site includes a stone bridge, a stone torii gate, a shrine gate, haiden (hall of worship), heiden (offertory hall), and honden (main hall).
The stone torii gate was donated by NABESHIMA Naoshige in 1608, and is a central structure of the shrine. There are also many smaller wood and stone buildings standing on the shrine grounds. To the right of the haiden building is a holy juniper tree, as well as such venerable trees as a 1600-year old camphor tree, adding to the historic atmosphere of this ancient shrine. The shrine offers performances of gorgeous dances during its major autumn festival held annually, including a three-tiered lion dance featuring unique acrobatic elements.
|〈Address〉||1073 Oaza-Tameshige, Morodomi-cho, Saga-shi 840-2102|
|〈Visiting hours〉||Shrine grounds are open at all hours|
A shop that opened on the opportunity of the Mietsu Naval Dock being registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site
This souvenir shop opened with the wish to have as many people as possible learn about the delicious foods that the prefecture of Saga has to offer. Items from the Mietsu area, carefully selected by the staff based on the three themes of dried goods, steamed goods, and stirred goods, are laid out in the shop with good taste. This is a great place to stop by, since it is located close to the Mietsu Naval Dock.
|〈Address〉||470 Oaza-Hayatsuetsu, Kawasoe-machi, Saga-shi 840-2202|
|〈Hours〉||10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
The bridge-side station, Doronpa, is a facility located at the foot of the lift bridge that offers tourism information. It also sells fresh, locally-harvested produce centering on marine products such as seafood and nori seaweed, as well as agricultural products. Also on offer are locally-made salad dressings, condiments, and delicacies, in addition to packed meals and deli items made with Ariake nori seaweed, giving visitors a convenient way to enjoy the delicious foods that Saga has to offer. The shop also exhibits and sells woodwork crafts offered by the Morodomikagu Cooperative.
|〈Address〉||214-4 Oaza-Tameshige, Morodomi-cho, Saga-shi 840-2102|
|〈Hours〉||9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
|〈Inquiries〉||Bridge-Side Station Doronpa
|〈Closed〉||December 31 – January 3|
|〈Parking〉||Available (Space for large bus is also available alongside the store)|
Every morning, Mucchan offers freshly-picked vegetables grown with care by the local farmers, based on a motto of ensuring safety and security. The shop also offers nori seaweed and seafood harvested from the Ariake Sea, as well as a variety of other local specialties.
|〈Address〉||47-9 Oaza-Nishikoga, Kawasoe-machi, Saga-shi 840-2204|
|〈Hours〉||8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. all year around|
|〈Closed〉||Summer “Obon” holiday period and New Year’s Day|
|〈Parking〉||Available for 20 vehicles|
Morodomi furniture and fixtures are recognized as traditional craftwork and have been designated by Saga Prefecture as one of the area’s local specialties. The traditional skills and techniques used to make Morodomi furniture and fixtures are still being passed down through the generations. Morodomi Furniture is characterized by its woodworking techniques and great designs. All of the Morodomi Furniture manufacturers create furniture that more than fulfill the purpose for its use, while also adding a high level of design that give each piece of furniture a unique presence.
|〈Address〉||529-5 Tameshige, Morodomi-cho, Saga-shi 840-2102|
Etsu, or Japanese Grenadier Anchovy, is a rare fish and, in Japan, it can only found in the Chikugo River area. This fish can only be eaten during the short period between May and July, when the fish comes up from the sea to this river to lay its eggs. It is light in taste and thus can be enjoyed in multiple different styles of cooking, such as deep-fried, as fish paste dumpling to be put into clear soups, salted and grilled, or braised.
|〈Inquiries〉||Industry Promotion Group, Morodomi Branch, Saga City
This tomato-picking experience lets visitors enjoy picking and eating all the Kouju tomatoes that they could want, while also listening to the real-life stories of the growers.
|〈Harvesting experience〉||March 4 – 25: Every Sunday from 2:00 p.m.
(Approximately 1.5 hours)
|〈Reservations〉||Saga Tourism Association
Must be reserved at least two days before the day of the event