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Hizen Saga Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration Expo

When:March 17,2018 to January 14,2019
Where:Main venues in the Jonai area of Saga City

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A Bridge Connecting History and the Future
Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration Memorial Museum
(Ichimura Memorial Gymnasium /Jōnai, Saga City)

This museum serves as the main pavilion of the Hizen Saga Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration Expo, and dynamically introduces the great work and people of Saga at the end of the Edo and start of the Meiji periods using state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. You will feel as if you have traveled back in time.

Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration Memorial Museum

Strength and Courage to Live an Even Better Life through the Hagakure
Hagakure Miraikan (Former Sanshō Bank /
Yanagi-machi, Saga City)

The Hagakure, originating in Saga, spelled out what it meant to be a samurai in the Edo period. Through getting to know and experiencing the still-relevant Hagakure at this museum, you can discover the determination to live a better life. A visit to this museum will change your view of the Hagakure.


Experience the Legendary Domain School
Real Kōdōkan
(Former Koga Residence /
Yanagi-machi, Saga City)

At this museum, learn about Kōdōkan, the domain school that produced Ōkuma Shigenobu, Etō Shinpei and many others who went on to shape modern Japan. By experiencing for yourself the education they underwent, you will be all the more impressed by the forefathers that you learned about in the Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration Memorial Museum.

Real Kōdōkan

(Saga Retrokan /Jōnai, Saga City)

In this Western-style building erected in the Meiji era, enjoy dishes created by a spirited chef who is active both domestically and abroad. These foods feature ingredients produced in Saga and are served on dishes with extravagant Meiji period designs as well as those made by living national treasures and Kakiemon, Imaemon and Tarouemon.

Satellite Locations

Karatsu Satellite Museum (Former Karatsu Bank)

This museum introduces the great men who attended the miraculous domain school Taikōryō, including Tatsuno Kingo, one of the repre-sentative architects of modern Japan, who studied here under Takahashi

Karatsu Satellite Museum

Tosu Satellite Museum (Nakatomi Memorial Medicine Museum)

This museum introduces the charms of Tosu, a city with a history of home-delivery medication – an industry which developed into one of Japan’s four major patent medications, and that has continued to develop since the Meiji era as an important transportation hub.

Tosu Satellite Museum

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Special Exhibits
at Prefectural Cultural Facilities
This list includes events under consideration and in the planning stage.

【Saga Prefectural Museum】

The Technology and History Fostered in Saga

  • Exhibition on Recognition the Meiji Restoration: Beauty and Technology of SAGA (Mar. 17 to May 13, 2018)
  • Exhibition on Saga’s Medical and Pharmaceutical History (Jun. 1 to Jul. 13, 2018)
  • Saga Craftsmanship Exhibition (temporary name) (Oct. 19 to Dec. 2, 2018) And more

Large Flower Vase with Overglaze Polychrome Enamel Design of the Six Poetry Immortals and Dragon・“Berry” Woodblock Print Sarasa (Chintz) Kimono by Shigeto Suzuta

left:Large Flower Vase with Overglaze Polychrome Enamel Design of the Six Poetry Immortals and Dragon 1894 (Meiji 27) Collection of Saga Prefectural Art Museum

right:“Berry” Woodblock Print Sarasa (Chintz) Kimono by Shigeto Suzuta 1999 (Heisei 11) Collection of Saga Prefectural Art Museum

【Saga Prefectural Art Museum】

Saga Art from the Past to the Future

  • Reinvestigating the Meiji Restoration: Beauty and Technology SAGA Exhibition (Mar. 17 to May 13, 2018)
  • Okada Saburōsuke and the Women Painters (Apr. 1 to May 20, 2018)
  • Gochiku and Sōkai Honorable Calligraphy Exhibition (Jun. 6 to 23, 2018)
  • Glico Exhibit (Temporary name) (Jul. 21 to Sep. 2, 2018)
  • Group Exhibit:Forward Stroke – Looking to Tomorrow – Manabu Ikeda, Yūki Hayama, Kazuhiko Hachiya (Sep. 30 to Nov. 18, 2018)
  • Tokujin Yoshioka Exhibition (temporary name) (Nov. 28, 2018 to Feb. 11, 2019) And more


IKEDA Manabu.“Rebirth”2013-2016 Pen,acrylic ink and transparent waterpaper on paper, mounted on board. (300 x 400cm) Photography by Eric Tadsen for Chazen Museum of Art ©IKEDA Manabu, Courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo/Singapore
Collection of Saga Prefectural Art Museum

【Saga Castle History Museum】

Saga During the Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration

  • Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration “Technology” Exhibition (Mar.17 to May.13,2018)
  • Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration “People” Exhibition (Jul.6 to Sep.9,2018)
  • Bakumatsu-Meiji Restoration “Ambition” Exhibition (Nov.1,2018 to Jan.14,2019)
  • Hands-on Amusement Exhibit Room for Children (Open throughout the Expo period)
  • Cultural Property Survey of the Saga Castle Honmaru Ruins (2017-2019)
  • Image of the Tsuiji Reverberatory Furnace

Owned by the Nabeshima Houkoukai

Image of the Tsuiji Reverberatory Furnace
Collection of Nabeshima Houkoukai

Area map

Area map

Other events will be held across the prefecture.