Region
Kyushu
Island
Kyushu
Largest City
Saga
Population
876,664

Kunenan Mansion

An autumn leaves exclusive.

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.

A designated place of natural beauty that spans 68,000 square metres, Kunenan was put together over a period of 9 years from 1900 under the Zen priest, Hotori. When translated, Kunenan Mansion means “9 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.

The residence, modeled in the traditional Japanese teahouse architectural style, is encircled by a beautiful Japanese traditional garden that was designed with the shakkei gardening method. In shakkei, meaning borrowed scenery, designers incorporate various elements of the landscape outside of the garden in a nod to the universal harmony in nature. This can be seen at Kunenan Mansion, where the Chikushi Plains act as the garden’s contemplative yet breathtaking backdrop.

The Kunenan Mansion is unique in that it remains closed for the majority of the year. In fact, it only opens its doors for 9 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.

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.

Things To Know

Opening Days and Times

The mansion is only open for 9 days from November 15th to November 23rd, 8:30 to 16:00. The spring hours of admission have yet to be determined.

Entrance Fees

¥300.

How To Get There

Address

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, alight at Highway Kanzaki bus stop on the Nagasaki Expressway and walk 15 minutes to reach the mansion proper.

Where To Stay

Hotel Carnival (Love Hotel)
  • Harukoga 5695-1 Miyaki-Gun Miyaki-Cho, Saga 849-0101
  • 6.2/10
  • 6.5 km
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Sagayamato Onsen Hotel Amandi
  • Yamatocho Oaza Kuchii 3667 Saga-Shi, Saga 840-0202
  • 7.5/10
  • 9.5 km
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Hotel Arashiyama (Love Hotel)
  • Yamatocho Oaza Kawakami 996-1 Saga-Shi, Saga 840-0202
  • 6.3/10
  • 9.6 km
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Hotel CLover Leaf Tsukasa (Love Hotel)
  • Miyaki-cho Shirakabe 4049-37 Miyaki-Gun Miyaki-Cho, Saga 849-0111
  • 7.6/10
  • 9.6 km
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