Secluded rural charm just 20 minutes from Saga
Ogi is a quaint little city that makes for an excellent day trip from Saga . There is a small ski field in the winter and incredible natural scenery to hike. Don't miss the hike to the waterfall.
- Visit Kiyomizu Falls, the waterfall overlooking Kenryuji Temple
- Climb the 153 steps up to Suga-jinja Shrine
- Admire the cherry blossoms at Ogi Park
- Go on a snow adventure at Mt. Tenzan
How to Get There
Located under 20 minutes by train to Saga Station on the JR Karatsu Line, accessing Ogi by public transport is relatively easy.
From Hakata Station, Fukuoka's main station located close to Fukouka Airport, take the JR Kamome to Saga Station then switch to the JR Karatsu Line. The trip from Hakata to Ogi takes just around one hour.
Ogi is famous for its sweets known as yokan, which are delicious jelly deserts made from red bean paste and sugar.
The town is home to a number of koi carp restaurants, so connoisseurs of sushi will be pleased to know that here you can try out some super rare sashimi. Other culinary curiosities offered are mentaiko, or spicy cod roe (fish eggs), and the famously succulent Saga beef.
Sip the local sake
If you happen to stop in one of Ogi's sake shops, you'll notice Tenzan sake, which uses the pure natural waters of sacred Mt. Tenzan.
Beautiful scenery throughout the seasons
Just a short walk from Ogi Station is Ogi Park. This idyllic setting is perfect for picnics or peaceful walks. It's especially stunning during autumn and spring as the park features around 3,000 sakura cherry blossom trees.
Winter outings on Mt. Tenzan
Mt. Tenzan is a local favorite to hike and is very popular during winter as a ski resort. Mt. Tenzan uses artificial snow, although occasionally Saga gets hit with a flash of snowfall.
Hike up to Suga-jinja Shrine
Suga-jinja Shrine is a must to visit while in Ogi. What makes this shrine so distinctive is the 153 steps that ascend the giant hill all the way to the main hall. There is no elevator, so it requires some physical endurance. Once at the top, you'll notice a small pathway that leads to an observatory which affords some breathtaking views.
The sacred and the serene
One location you can't miss is Kiyomizu Falls . This waterfall is a sacred site for the Tendai sect of Buddhism. Various bridges take you over the Gion River on your way up to the waterfall. The maple trees in particular are stunning in autumn.
The annual bamboo festival
If you happen to be in Saga during the third week of November, you can visit the Kiyomizu Bamboo Festival. The entire area is illuminated by thousands of intricately carved bamboo lanterns lit by candles inside.