What to do and see in Saiki, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

April 6, 2018 Karren Gelb

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is a Japanese gag manga series written and illustrated by Shūichi Asō. The series began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump from June 2012.
Restaurants in Saiki

1. Ume Michi-no-Eki

2513-5 Umeminamitabaru, Saiki 879-3302, Oita Prefecture +81 972-54-3090
Excellent
28%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Ume Michi-no-Eki

Reviewed By roikiller - Honolulu

Located on National Highway 326, Ume Road Station (or Michi no Eki Ume in Japanese) is a nice and clean rest stop. Includes shops, restaurants, clean bathrooms, fresh produce shop. Also has a great view of the Utagenka Bridge overlooking the dam. I believe also you can rent leisure craft on the water in the summer.

2. Mt. Shiroyama

1 Otemachi, Saiki 876-0831, Oita Prefecture
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Mt. Shiroyama

Reviewed By Mpadams

12-20 minute hike up to top of Saiki City. Great city view at peak. You can see a bit of castle remains. Base has many cherry blossom trees and you can combine easily with walk along historical art and literature road (old style residences, a tea house etc.) Nice mini nature event. Don't miss it! You can walk there from Saiki Station, maybe 20 minutes, lots of free parking.

3. Yayoi Michi-no-Eki

898-1 Yayoi Kamiogura, Saiki 876-0112, Oita Prefecture +81 972-46-5951
Excellent
26%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Yayoi Michi-no-Eki

Reviewed By sararymanx - 武豊町

「秘密のけんみんショー」の大分県民グルメ「雪ん子すし」、大分県産のシイタケを大根でくるんだ独特のお寿司雪ん子すし、これを売っているのが「道の駅やよい」です。全国版のTVで何度も取材されていました。一パック500円、味の付いた大根に巻かれたシイタケとその下のすし飯がちょうど良くマッチしています。もしかしたら佐伯市内で食べる海鮮の寿司よりも旨いかも…

4. Totoro no Mori

1368 Totoro Unomeminamitabaru, Saiki 879-3302, Oita Prefecture +81 972-25-4111
Excellent
35%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Totoro no Mori

Reviewed By roikiller - Honolulu

The original bus stop had been moved across the street due to a previous storm which caused some damage. In Japan, all bus stops have names. This bus stop in the Mountains in Tabaru district, Ume, Saiki-City happened to be named Totoro. When the movie came out in the 90's, the cut outs of the characters appeared out of nowhere. Apparently, one of the men in the area decided to create them which he inadvertently created a tourist spot for this once non-descript bus stop. There is no cost to visit here. You're free to take pictures. There is a small shop and café in the immediate area. It's really nice in the summer time when the nanasai flowers are in full bloom (golden yellow).
If you're traveling from Oita to Miyazaki, this may be worth visiting.
Past this area is Nakadake. Good place to go camping/swimming in the summer time.

5. Road of History and Literature

Otemachi 1chome - Joka Nishimachi - Joka Higashimachi, Saiki, Oita Prefecture +81 972-23-3400
Excellent
40%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Road of History and Literature

Reviewed By Yen N - Beppu, Japan

The road itself does not look different from those you may come across in rural Japan. However, each house's design has different meanings & historical stories behind it, far far from the Edo time. Therefore I'd recommend you get a tour guide to make the long walk more interesting. Once in a while you may pass by special houses for doll-display, origami folding tutoring sessions or tea ceremony demonstration. Make sure to try them all! Honestly I myself did not expect much from the trip, yet these little fun on the way made it a surprisingly memorable one!

6. Fujigawachi Valley

Ume Kiurauchi, Saiki 879-3402, Oita Prefecture +81 972-25-411
Excellent
58%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Fujigawachi Valley

Reviewed By arattm - 福岡

国道326の唄げんか大橋から30分くらいで藤河内渓谷の一番奥に着きます。駐車場からすぐに観音滝・木山内岳方面の標示にとおり入っていくと藤河内渓谷です。ここから3km位渓谷を遡ると見上げるばかりの観音滝があります。出発点には、駐車場、バンガローなどがあり、夏は避暑に良いと思います。また少し下ると、湯ーとぴあという入浴施設もあり、数日滞在することもできます。

7. Banjo Osakanakan

898-1 Yayoi Kamiogura | Michi no Eki Yayoi, Saiki 876-0112, Oita Prefecture +81 972-46-5922
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Banjo Osakanakan

Reviewed By sararymanx - 武豊町

佐伯市を流れる番匠川をテーマにした日本でも珍しい淡水魚の水族館です。この水族館で一番の魚は体長が80cmもある巨大な淡水魚「アカメ」、絶滅危惧種の魚でこの水族館のソバを流れる番匠川の河口で釣れた魚だそうです。この魚に光を当てると目がルビー色に光る事から「アカメ」と名付けられたそうです。
子供達と自然や環境を考えるのにぐう度菜スポットと感じました。

8. Utagenka Bridge

Umeminamitabaru, Saiki 879-3302, Oita Prefecture
Excellent
0%
Good
73%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 11 reviews

Utagenka Bridge

Reviewed By roikiller - Honolulu

This bridge is along Route 326 next to the Michi no Eki Ume. It's a good place to stop, take a break, grab some local eats and take a few pictures. There is also camping facilities and boating activities during the summer in the lake/dam area below the bridge.

9. Michi no Eki Kamae

5104-1 Kamae Kamaeura, Saiki 876-2401, Oita Prefecture +81 972-42-0050
Excellent
11%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Michi no Eki Kamae

Reviewed By Mpadams

You can buy souvenirs, sweets and fish products here. There is fresh sushi, and delicious fishcakes available. The staff is welcoming, parking and access is easy. There are also many vending machines, tables to rest. Often a vendor will be selling some local products. Bathrooms are available. I have gone many times, my favorite is a 130 yen kabosulime drink, very refreshing.

10. Hatozu Beach

Kamae Hatozuura, Saiki 876-2407, Oita Prefecture +81 972-42-1112
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Hatozu Beach

Reviewed By Mpadams

Wow this wonderful beach is just off the expressway Exit 19.1 Hatozu. I think they charge a few $ (<5) to park in summer, but can't recall. Off season no charge. Never a crowd. So beautiful and peaceful. You must see it.

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