On the second day of my Kyushu trip, I went to Saga Prefecture. Saga is west of Fukuoka and Oita.


First, I went to see the Great Camphor Tree of Takeo. The sacred tree of Takeo Shrine is the seventh largest tree in Japan, is over 3000 years old, and is located in Takeo City. It is famous as a power spot. The tree is divine, and the air around it felt brisk and calm. I was able to relax and felt pleasant.


Then, I went to Yutoku Inari Shrine, which is one of the top 5 Inari shrines in Japan. It is located in Kashima City, in Southern Saga. It covers a very large area. After a 10 minute climb to the top, there is a nice view of Kashima City, and you can also see Ariake Sea. It’s just my opinion, but I thought the building was little bit similar to Toshogu Shrine in Nikko.


Because it was summer time, there were many wind chimes that had wishes written on pieces of paper attached to them.


The shrine was very gorgeous, but the connected Japanese garden was very quiet and peaceful.


The very beautiful garden had wonderful flowers.


Tomorrow I plan on going to Hakata in Fukuoka Prefecture.