Takeo City has an estimated population of 50,000 and boasts a lovely topography of mountains, mountain basins, and riverside plains. It lies in the western part of Saga Prefecture situated between Arita, Imari, Ureshino, Shiroishi, Omachi, and Taku.
Takeo is most famous for its Onsen (Romon Gate), the 3000 year old tree located near Takeo Shrine, and the newly renovated Takeo City library. Check out the Starbucks inside! Also, in 2011, the City Government switched to using Facebook for its website.
Takeo is made up of 9 towns: Takeo (central), Asahi (slightly north), Tachibana (slightly east), Wakaki (North), Takeuchi (Northwest), Higashi kawanobori (South), Nishi Kawanobori (Southwest), Kitagata (Northeast), and Yamauchi (West). There are four city JETs and one private ALT among the 9 towns. There are also two prefectural JETs.
Places of interest
- Saga Prefectural Space and Science Museum 宇宙科学館 – An active learning spot located next to Takeo Heights and isports (the only gym in the area). It is about a 10min bus or taxi ride from the station. The concept of the museum is “Observing Earth and Saga from outer space, and the Earth and outer space from Saga.” There are five exhibit sections and a wonderful planetarium to experience.
- Takeo Onsen 武雄温泉 – An ancient hot spring with over 1200 years of history that is conveniently located within walking distance of the station and nightclubs. The Romon Gate, which was designed by renowned architect Kingo Tatsuno (Meiji era), is at the entrance of the hot spring area.
- Takeo Library – The brand new Takeo Library opened April 1, 2013. Other than a library, there is a Starbucks and Tsutaya. If you have time, look for the 3000-year-old tree hidden in an old sacred grove behind Takeo Shrine, across from the library.
- Mt. Kurokami 黒髪山 – Ready for some light hiking? Mt. Kurokami is not a difficult hike but there are multiple hiking options if you are seeking a little excitement. This hike takes about 2 hrs. If you get off at Mimasaka station, the entrance to the hiking trail is a few kilometers away.
Trains run frequently form Takeo-Onsen station 武雄温泉駅 on the Sasebo Line that runs to Hizen-Yamaguchi, Arita, Haiki, and Tosu. There are also limited express services to Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo, Saga, and Hakata.