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Kunenan Mansion

An autumn leaves exclusive, only open for nine days in November!

  • Autumn Opening Dates: Kunenan Mansion is only open from Nov. 15 to Nov. 23
  • Spring Opening Dates: May 3 to May 5
One of the best-known spots to view the autumn leaves in Kyushu, Kunenan Mansion is located in the city of Kanzaki in Saga Prefecture. The residence, modeled like a traditional Japanese teahouse, is encircled by a beautiful garden.

Kunenan Mansion Saga Autumn Leaves in Japan

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The Kunenan Mansion is unique in that it remains closed for the majority of the year. In fact, it only opens its doors for nine days during the peak of autumn foliage, so you’ll need to monitor the local media for updates. It’s also open during spring, where you can see the mansion covered in beautiful shades of green.

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A designated place of natural beauty that spans 68,000 square meters, Kunenan was put together over a period of nine years from 1900 under the Zen priest, Hotori. When translated, Kunenan Mansion means “nine-year house.” Yataro Itami, an important businessman from Saga, built the attached house in 1892 as a place to escape the stress of salaryman life.

Demonstrating the shakkei method, meaning borrowed scenery, the garden is landscaped to resemble the universal harmony in nature. The Chikushi Plains act as the garden’s contemplative yet breathtaking backdrop.

Kunenan Mansion from Saga Prefecture Japan in Spring

In spring, the garden is open for three days in May.

As Kunenan is growing in popularity, the crowds can be overwhelming, especially in November. Show up early to nab a great spot for autumn foliage photography.



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Missed the exclusive autumn dates at Kunenan Mansion? No worries! There's plenty of other colorful spots in Kyushu from Fukuoka to Kumamoto.


Things To Know

Opening Days and Times

The mansion is open annually for nine days in autumn from Nov. 15 to Nov. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In spring it’s open from May 3 to May 5.

Entrance Fees

Entry costs ¥400.

How To Get There


1696 Kanzakimachiikuha, Kanzaki-shi, Saga-ken 842-0123, Japan

By train

From JR Kanzaki Station, it’s a 10-minute bus or taxi ride to the mansion. If you’re taking the bus, get off at Highway Kanzaki bus stop on the Nagasaki Expressway and walk 15 minutes to reach the mansion proper.