May Events Calendar

Opening of Jukkaen
  • Details: This park was originally built as part of a vacation home for the Nabeshima family. It has 30,000 azaleas and 10,000 rhododendrons.
  • When: April 10 to May 5, 9:30 to 17:00
  • Where: Jukkaen, Saga City Yamato region
  • Cost: 300 yen for boat rides
Ton-san Ebisu Festival
  • When: May 3, starts at 18:30 and May 4, starts at 10:00
  • Where: Matsubara Ebisu Shrine on the Matsubara Shrine grounds, Saga City
Shida-yaki no Sato Museum Spring Festival
  • Details: Original porcelain ware and produce will be on sale, and guests can try using a pottery wheel, ceramics painting, as well as baking bread and pizza.
  • When: May 3 and 4, 9:00 to 16:00
  • Where: Shida-yaki no Sato Museum (志田焼の里博物館), Ureshino
Karatsu Yakimon (Karatsu Ware) Festival
  • When: Until May 5, starts at 9:00
  • Where: Downtown Karatsu
Hizen Imari Ware Festival
  • When: Until May 5, 8:30 to 17:00
  • Where: Okawachiyama Kiln area, Imari
Arita Toukiichi (Arita Ware Market)
  • When: Until May 5
  • Where: Various places in Arita
  • Website
Kunen’an Open to the Public
  • When: May 3 to 5, 8:30 to 16:00
  • Where: Kunen’an, Kanzaki
  • Cost: 300 yen for entry, 500 yen for parking
Kanzaki Soumen Festival
  • Details: Enjoy Kanzaki’s famous soumen served nagashi soumen-style (cold noodles served on a bamboo water slide).
  • When: May 3 to 5, 9:00 to 14:00
  • Where: Yoshinogari Park Plaza, Kanzaki
Special Celebratory Hikiyama Parade
  • Details: All 14 hikiyama floats will be paraded around the same course as Karatsu Kunchi!! This is a special celebration for the 200th anniversary of the creation of the first float, Akajishi, and also the start of a new era in Japan.
  • When: May 5, 12:00 to 16:30
  • Where: Starts and ends at Karatsu Shrine, Karatsu
  • Website (has map of the course)
Take no Koba Park Festival
  • Details: Will feature concerts, a karaoke contest, and bingo among other events.
  • When: May 5, 10:00 to 15:00
  • Where: Take no Koba Park, Imari
Jotokuji Temple Rhododendron Festival
  • When: Until May 6
  • Where: Jotokuji Temple, Sefuri area, Kanzaki
Bakushuu (wheat harvest) Cafe
  • Details: Put toppings made from local ingredients on your own pizza and eat it in the center of the wheat fields. Also includes musical performances, a small cafe, and market with local vegetables. Bicycles available for riding around the fields. Reservations required to make pizza.
  • When: May 11 and 12
  • Where: About a 25 minute walk from Saga Airport, Saga City (佐賀市川副町大字犬井道5895)
  • Website with reservation details
Keep Pine Project — Cleaning Nijinomatsubara Pine Forest
  • Details: Cancelled in the event of heavy rain
  • When: May 12, 9:00 to 10:30
  • Where: Hamasaki Shinrin’yoku no Mori Park parking lot, Karatsu City
Yoshinogari Mini Truck Market
  • Details: Sellers of assorted products will gather to sell from their mini trucks.
  • When: May 12, 8:00 to 11:30
  • Where: Yoshinogari Historical Park East Parking Lot
Kamimine Tsubaki no Mori Trail Running
  • Details: Runners can choose between the 10 and 6.5 kilometer courses. Registration required.
  • When: May 19, registration from 8:30 to 9:30, ceremony 9:30 to 10:00, race start times are staggered
  • Where: Mount Chinzei, Kamimine
  • Cost: 5000 yen for the long course, 4000 yen for the short course
  • Website
Hizen Town Terraced Rice Field Walk
  • Details: Registration required by May 10. Max 200 participants. Participants are asked to bring enough water and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • When: May 19, registration starts at 9:00, starts at 10:00
  • Where: Botan to Midori no Oka Park, Karatsu
  • Cost: 1000 yen
  • Website
Opening of the Iris Field at Yamato Chuo Park
  • When: May 20 to June 16, 9:00 to 18:00
  • Where: Yamato Chuo Park, Saga City
  • Cost: 510 yen
Fireflies in Miyaki
  • When: Approx. May 20 to June 10, 18:00 to 21:00
  • Where: Firefly Park (ホタル公園), Miyaki
  • Website
Carp Streamers in Kawakami Gorge
  • Details: 10-minute boat rides are also available on weekends and holidays
  • When: Until May 26
  • Where: Over the Kase River near Kawakami Bridge, Yamato area, Saga City
  • Cost: 300 yen for boat rides
  • Details: Features ume pit spitting contest, sales of local foods, and more
  • When: May 26, 10:00 to 14:00
  • Where: Mifunegaoka Plum Orchard (御船が丘梅林), Takeo

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