Also called the Goshadaimyo Shrine, Takeo Shrine is the oldest shrine within Saga City. A sacred tree worshipped as a protector god known as The Great Takeo Camphor Tree can be found at the back of the shrine. This tree is over 3,000 years old, and its 27-meter height makes it one of the biggest trees found in Japan. 

 

Aside from the great camphor tree, another pair of trees worshipped here is known as the “Couple Cypress”. These are two separate cypress trees whose roots are entangled, and their branches are also entangled midway, giving them the image of a happily-married couple. They are widely visited by tourists to pray for love, finding good matches, successful business, financial fortunes, and more.

 

(Source: Saga Trip Genius)

 

Parking information (fee and availability): 

Free parking, 100 spaces

Means of transportation: 

From JR Takeo Station (JR Sasebo Line)
- 5 minutes by taxi
- ride the Yutoku bus going to Takeo Hoyou Center and get off at Takeo Koukou-mae stop. 3-minute walk from there

5335 Oaza Takeo, Takeo-cho, Takeo-shi, Saga
843-0022

 

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