As you may have heard, the remains Mietsu Naval Dock in Saga City have recently been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It was here that the first dry dock in Japan was built using western technology, and the dock was used for naval training, boat repair, as well as the building site for the first Japanese-built steamship, the Ryōfūmaru.
There is a nice museum where the dock originally stood, and the Saga Castle History Museum is also holding a special exhibit: “The Challenges Taken on by the Saga Domain at the End of the Edo Period.” This includes a projection mapping experience depicting the Domain’s many technological achievements.
Entrance is totally free and this special exhibit runs till September 23. Check it out and celebrate this special occasion for Saga!
The Saga Castle History Museum is open 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, every day except December 29 and 30.