List of Historic Sites of Japan (Saga)
National Historic Sites
As of 1 August 2014, twenty-four sites have been designated as being of national significance (including three *Special Historic Sites); Kii Castle spans the prefectural borders with Fukuoka.
|Kanzaki, Yoshinogari||fortified Yayoi-period settlement, the subject of extensive excavation from 1986; 2500 burials with ICP grave goods have been uncovered; the site has been reconstructed on the basis of hypotheses drawn from the postholes; now a National Government Park||1|||
|*Nagoya Castle Site
Nagoya-jō ato narabainijin ato
|Karatsu, Genkai||begun in 1591 and completed five months later; extends over 17 ha; stone walls, earthworks, moats, gates and other buildings have been identified; served as the base for Hideyoshi's invasions of Korea between 1592 and 1598; focus of the Saga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum||2|||
|*Kii Castle Site
|Kiyama||its construction in 665 under Baekje guidance, as the castle of Woyogi (椽?), is chronicled in Nihon Shoki; formed part of a network of defences dating to the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Hakusukinoe in 663 to protect Dazaifu against the threat of invasion from the Korean peninsula by Silla-Tang forces; the designation includes an area of Chikushino in Fukuoka Prefecture||2|||
|Takeo||earthworks stretching 1,866 m, with stone pillar bases and sluice gates; there is a theory that construction was related to defeat at the Battle of Hakusukinoe in 663||1|||
|Tosu||Yayoi-period "high-tech factory" (ハイテク工場?); bronze-casting site, discovered in 1974 and extending over an area of 4,400 m2, with five moulds for dōtaku (bells) and five for hoko (spears); traces of bronze found on the valley floor suggest this may have been the site of the smelting works||1|||
|Karatsu||kofun or burial mound with red walls and three stone sarcophagi in which were found, in 1923, bronze mirrors and cylinders, magatama (comma-shaped beads), iron arrowheads, armour, and Haji ware||1|||
|Kakiemon Kiln Site
Kakiemon kama ato
|Arita||double climbing kiln: A, with 12 firing chambers, a length of 42 metres, and an average incline of 11.5°; and B, with 21 chambers, a length of 83 metres, and an average gradient of 13°; saggars and kiln tools have also been recovered||6|||
|Karatsu||acclaimed as Japan's first paddy; important for the understanding of the adoption of wet-rice technology, introduced from the continent; focus of the Matsurokan exhibition hall||1|||
|Anegawa Castle Site
|Kanzaki||strategic site under Ryūzōji Takanobu but declined in importance after the unification of Kyūshū by Toyotomi Hideyoshi; the site extends 600 metres E-W and 800 N-S, with related mansions, temples and shrines, and a complex network of moats||2|||
|Katsuno Castle Chiku Clan Site
Katsuno-jō Chikushi-shi iseki
|Tosu||fortified at the end of the fifteenth century; attacked by the Shimazu clan in 1586 and later abandoned; excavations from 1995 have revealed an extensive site with moats, earthworks, mansions for retainers, temples and shrines||2|||
|Saga||C5 decorated kofun housing a large sarcophagus, with red pigmentation and incised decoration of triangles and circles||1|||
|Taku||a Neo-Confucian school was established by Taku Shigefumi (多久茂文?) in 1699; the ICP temple dates to 1708; major repairs at the end of the Shōwa period were completed in 1990||4|||
|Saga||C7 fortifications discovered in 1941, that extend for 2.4 km and include a gate||1|||
|Ōkuma Shigenobu Former Residence
Ōkuma Shigenobu kyū-taku
|Saga||birthplace in 1838 of the Meiji statesman and future prime minister; dismantled for repairs in 1968 and open to the public alongside the Ōkuma Memorial Museum (大隈記念館?)||8|||
|Ōkawachi Nabeshima Kiln Site
Ōkawachi Nabeshima kama ato
|Imari||the ceramic craft technique of Nabeshima iro (overglaze) is an Important Intangible Cultural Property||6|||
|Karatsu||seventy-seven metre, keyhole-shaped kofun with two stone chambers, boat-shaped sarcophagi, and grave goods that include mirrors, stone combs, items made of iron, and haji ware, dated to the end of the fourth century||1|||
|Saga||large early kofun, 98 metres long and dating to the second half of the fourth century||1|||
|Tosu||triple-chambered, 42 metre decorated kofun with red ochre, carbon black and green earth paintings of triangles, concentric circles, boats, humans with outstretched arms, and figures on horseback, concentrated on the rear wall of the burial chamber||1|||
|Ogi||Yayoi settlement discovered in 1971 during works to remedy environmental damage caused by mining; evidence uncovered of houses (some now reconstructed), storage pits, and wells, along with the first mould for a yari ganna (spear-plane), tools of stone and wood, and ceramics||1|||
|Hizen Provincial Headquarters Site
Bizen koku-chō ato
|Saga||ruins of the Nara- and early Heian-period administrative centre of Hizen Province, extending 105 metres N-S and 77 metres E-W, with similarities to Dazaifu||2|||
|Hizen Porcelain Kiln Sites
Bizen-jiki kama ato
|Arita, Takeo, Ureshino||designation includes the Tengudani Kiln Site (天狗谷窯跡?), Yanbeta Kiln Site (山辺田窯跡?), Haraake Kiln Site (原明窯跡?), Hyakken Kiln Site (百間窯跡?), Fudōyama Kiln Site (不動山窯跡?), and the site of the Izumiyama Clayworks (泉山磁石場跡?)||6|||
|Hizen Pottery Kiln Sites
Bizen-tōki kama ato
|Takeo, Karatsu, Taku||active from the late C16/early C17||6|||
|Hayamajiri Dolmen Cluster
Hayamajiri shiseki bogun
|Karatsu||Jōmon-period cemetery discovered in 1951 and excavated in 1952/3; six dolmens, twenty-six jar burials, and one kofun identified||1|||
|Mietsu Naval Facility Site
Mietsu kaigunsho ato
|Saga||established in 1858; proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a component of the serial nomination The Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyushu and Yamaguchi||2|||
Prefectural Historic Sites
|Udono Stone Buddhas
|Daiganji Haiji Site
Daiganji Haiji ato
|Teraura Haiji Pagoda Site and Foundation Stones
Teraura Haiji tō ato narabini soseki
|Itō Genboku Former Residence
Itō Genboku kyūtaku
Himekata iseki (Mezuka, hōkeishū-kōbo, retsujō resseki dokōbo)
|Miyaki||three burials are preserved, one with a stone circle|||
|Ryūōzaki Kofun Cluster
|Hoshirō Kiln Site
Hoshirō kama ato
|Tsutsue Kiln Site
Tsutsue kama ato
|Kodaru No.2 Kiln Site
Kodaru nigō kama ato
|Kayanotani No.1 Kiln Site
Kayanotani ichigō kama ato
|Himekata Keyhole Mound
Tsutsumi dorui ato
|Shishiga Castle Site
|Gongenyama Keyhole Mound and No.2 Mound
Gongenyama zenpōkōen-fun oyobi nigō-fun (en-fun)
Taijako kofun (ichigō-fun)
|Tsumayama Kofun Cluster No.4 Mound
Tsumayama kofun-gun yongō-fun
|Kanzaki||area surrounding the Special Historic Site|||
|Kishitake Castle Site
|Takashi Jinja Site
Takashi Jinja iseki
|Saga Castle Site
|Kishidake Old Kiln Site
Kishidake koyō ato (Michinaya kama ato)
|Nita Haniwa Kiln Site
Nita haniwa kama ato
Municipal Historic Sites
As of 1 May 2014, a further eighty-two sites have been designated as being of municipal importance.
- Cultural Properties of Japan
- Hizen Province
- Saga Domain
- Saga Prefectural Museum
- List of Cultural Properties of Japan - paintings (Saga)
- List of Places of Scenic Beauty of Japan (Saga)
- "Cultural Properties for Future Generations". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "史跡名勝天然記念物" [Number of Monuments of Japan by Prefecture] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "Database of National Cultural Properties: 史跡名勝天然記念物 (史跡, 特別史跡 佐賀県 2県以上)" (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "指定文化財等件数一覧" [List of Cultural Properties] (in Japanese). Saga Prefecture. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "国指定 (史跡の部) 01" [National Historic Sites 1] (in Japanese). Saga Prefecture. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "Yoshinogari Historical Park". Yoshinogari Historical Park. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "基肄城" [Kii Castle] (in Japanese). Kiyama Town. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "基肄城" [Kii Castle] (in Japanese). Chikushino City. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- Aston, W.G (1972 (1896)). Nihongi: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to A.D. 697 2. Tuttle. pp. 283f. ISBN 0-8048-0984-4.
- "おつぼ山神籠石" [Otsuboyama Kōgoishi] (in Japanese). Takeo City. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "安永田遺跡" [Yasunagata Site] (in Japanese). Tosu City. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "横田下古墳" [Yokotashimo Kofun] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "国指定 (史跡の部) 02" [National Historic Sites 2] (in Japanese). Saga Prefecture. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "柿右衛門窯跡" [Kakiemon Kiln Site] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "国指定 (史跡の部) 01" [National Historic Sites 3] (in Japanese). Saga Prefecture. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- "勝尾城筑紫氏遺跡" [Katsuno Castle Chiku Clan Site]. Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- "西隈古墳" [Nishikuma Kofun] (in Japanese). Kyushu National Museum. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- "多久聖廟" [Taku Seibyō] (in Japanese). Taku City. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- "多久聖廟" [Taku Seibyō] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- "色鍋島" [Nabeshima iro-e] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- "iro-e". Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- "田代太田古墳" [Tashiroōta Kofun] (in Japanese). Tosu City. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- "田代太田古墳" [Tashiroōta Kofun] (in Japanese). Kyushu National Museum. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- "Mietsu Shipyard Archaeological Site". The Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyushu and Yamaguchi. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
- "都道府県別指定等文化財件数（都道府県分）" [Number of Prefectural Cultural Properties by Prefecture] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "都道府県別指定等文化財件数（市町村分）" [Number of Municipal Cultural Properties by Prefecture] (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- (Japanese) Cultural Properties of Saga Prefecture