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Saga Castle History Museum

History of Saga played a trailblazing role in modernization of Japan at Bakumatsu-Meiji period.

The partial restoration of Saga castle keep is amazing. You will know the history for Saga to contribute to the modernization of Japan at Bakumatsu-Meiji period. During the period of Hizen Saga Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration Expo, it is scheduled to hold three special exhibitions with the theme of “technology”, “people” and “ambition” in Saga domain at Bakumatsu-Meiji period.

Special exhibition during the expo.

“Technology” exhibition at Hizen Saga Bakumatsu-Meiji period ~ The Industrial Revolution in Japan began in Saga~(March 17~May 13, 2018)

The first round of the special exhibitions of "Hizen Saga Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration Expo". An important cultural property, a letter written by Naomasa Nabeshima addressed to Nirayama local governor Hidetatsu Egawa, and Heine watercolor painting which is original picture of "Admiral Perry Yokohama landing" familiar in textbooks will be released for the first time in Kyushu. In addition, materials for Tōdayu Motoshima, a gun manufacturing specialist and Kanji Ishiguro, smelting expert will be on display for the first time.

"Naomasa Nabeshina’s original handwritten letter addressed to Hidetatsu Egawa" (Important Cultural Property)
(Public interest incorporated foundation, Egawa Bunko collection)

Heine watercolor picture "Admiral Perry's landing in Yokohama"
(Collection of Meisei University Library)

Children's Restoration Laboratory (permanent during the Expo period)

An experience-based amusement space for children with the theme under “Let's have fun and study the history of Saga” appears in the Sotogoshoin. Children can learn various things including “Digie (digital painting)” and “ gimmicky chronology”!
“Aiko Chihira” will also appear from Toshiba Group founded by Hisashige Tanaka who was active as a refining expert. “Aiko Chihira” is a cutting-edge android and Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University, a world's leading robot researcher, also participated in the development of the robot.

Children's Restoration Laboratory

Aiko Chihira

Aiko Chihira

Coming Soon…

  • “People” exhibition at Hizen Saga Bakumatsu-Meiji period~ Human development in Saga supported modern Japan~(July 6~ September 9, 2018)
  • 'Ambition' exhibition at Hizen Saga Bakumatsu-Meiji period - Saga people opened the way to the north and south - (November 1, 2018 ~January 14, 2019)

The details of facilities

2-18-1 Jōnai, Saga city
9: 30 thru 18: 00
Year-end holidays
Admission fee
Free (Donation is appreciated.)
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Saga Castle History Museum
(From the direction of Saga station)
•From Saga station bus center, get off a bus at “Museum front” or “Saga Castle remnants” and then about 1 minute on foot
(Highway use)
•About 25 minutes from Nagasaki Expressway Saga Yamato interchange
(From Kyushu Saga International Airport)
•Get off a bus at “Museum front” and about 1 minute on foot
Parking Lot
Available (free)
Contact address
Phone: 0952-41-7550
Fax: 0952-28-0220
Acceptable (Please enter through the slope entrance.)
Assistance dog (guide dog, hearing assistance dog, partner dog) Accompanied admission
Baby strollers
Acceptable (Free rental at the reception area)
Toilets for the disabled
Two locations in the hall (one place ostomate compatible)
One place in the parking lot
Parking for the disabled
4 cars