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SAGA

Enjoy the slow life in this
picturesque part of Kyushu.

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110 MINUTES

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ABOUT

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  • SAGA: RICH CULTURE THAT LIVES ON

    Located on the northwestern side of the island of Kyushu, Saga is often overlooked as it’s sandwiched between more famous prefectures of Fukuoka and Nagasaki. This underrated area is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, beautiful scenic landscapes, and a rich cultural history that is just waiting to be discovered.

    POTTERY PARADISE

    Saga’s ceramics tradition dates back over 400 years and boasts three world-renowned pottery cities: Arita, Imari, and Karatsu. Each of them proudly displays their heritage in different ways. On Arita’s streets you’ll find ceramic bus stop signs and a shrine with a porcelain torii gate. In Imari, many antique kilns are still in use — including the unique climbing kilns. Head out to eat to best experience Karatsu ware, as it is supposedly most beautiful when food is presented on it.

    SENSATIONAL SAKE

    Thanks to a temperate climate and an abundance of natural resources, Saga Prefecture boasts a variety of delicious food and drink — especially sake. The area is home to many small to medium-sized sake breweries, several of which are international award-winners. In Kashima City, visitors can easily stroll between half a dozen breweries and try their wares and explore the photogenic backstreets of this retro town.

SEASON

  • SPRING

  • SUMMER

  • AUTUMN

  • WINTER

THINGS TO DO

  • YUTOKU INARI SHRINE

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    YUTOKU INARI SHRINE

    Yutoku Inari Shrine boasts a place in the top three inari shrines in Japan, along with Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine and Ibaraki’s Kasama Inari Shrine. The main shrine sits up above the city on a mountainside, with a large two-storied gate and a kagura hall at the foot of the mountain. Its legendary beauty has earned it the nickname “Kyushu’s Nikko(Chinzei Nikko)”.

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  • KARATSU CASTLE

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    KARATSU CASTLE

    This stunning five-tiered castle began construction in 1602 and was finished 7 years later. It offers a spectacular view of the surrounding Genkai Sea and Matsugara region from the castle keep on the fifth floor, which is now an observatory. Time your visit right to catch the famous cherry blossoms and wisteria in Maizuru Park, which is in the castle grounds.

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  • MAKE YOUR OWN PORCELAIN

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    MAKE YOUR OWN PORCELAIN

    Saga is famous for its ceramics, most notably Imari and Arita-yaki. Make the most of your stay by not just looking at beautiful porcelain, but also trying your hand at making your own using a traditional potter’s wheel.

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  • HAND ROLLING TEA LEAVES EXPERIENCE IN URESHINO

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    HAND ROLLING TEA LEAVES EXPERIENCE IN URESHINO

    Ureshino is first place in Japan to use the kamairi tea technique, which was originally adopted from China and involves pan frying tea leaves, which are then rolled by hand. The leaves become a golden yellow color and tea made using this method has a fragrant, refreshing flavor. Learn the history of this unique tea and experience the whole process from tea leaf to tea cup.

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  • SAKE TASTING EXPERIENCE

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    SAKE TASTING EXPERIENCE

    Saga is well-known for its high-quality rice and its pure, fresh water sources. This combination makes for the best sake — a must-try when you visit.

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  • SAGA BEEF

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    SAGA BEEF

    Saga beef is a tender, bright red meat with marbled fat. The temperate climate and clear water helps create a sweet, umami-filled beef that is mouthwateringly delicious.

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TOUR DETAIL

See, Dine and Feel: Saga, the Homeland of Pottery

・Local cuisine of SAGA.

・With English speaking guide.

・All transportation covered.

Departure :

2018/8/30 (Thu) , 9/28 (Fri) , 10/11 (Thu) , 10/19 (Fri)

TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY TIME ITINERARY PICK UP
DAY1 9:50

Leave Haneda for Saga on ANA981.

11:45

Arrive at Saga Airport.

Meet tour guide at the arrival lobby.

13:00-14:00

Saga beef for lunch at the restaurant“Kira”in Saga city.

Saga Beef

15:00-16:00

Observation of“Yutoku Inari Shrine”in Kashima city.

Yutoku Inari Shrine

16:20-17:00

Brewery observation and Japanese sake tasting at “Minematsu Shuzojo”in Kashima city.

Sake Tating Experience

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DAY2 9:00-10:30

Hand-roll tea leaves and roasting experience at“CHAOSHIRU”in Ureshino.

11:10-12:10

Observation of “Gen-emon kiln”at Arita.

12:40-13:40

Arita-yaki Gozen (food served on Arita earthenware) for lunch at“Gallery Arita”.

Arita-yaki Gozen

14:00-15:00

Free exploration at“Okawachiyama”the homeland of potteries in Imari.

Ookawachiyama

15:00-16:00

Rokuro (potter’s wheel) experience at“Kosengama”in Imari.

16:40-17:10

Enjoy the full view of Karatsu city at“Kagamiyama Observation Terrace”.

Accommodation
DAY3 9:00-9:30

Observation of“Hikiyama (festival float) Exhibition Hall”in Karatsu city.

Hikiyama Exhibition Hall

9:50-10:40

Observation of the Karatsu Castle.

Karatsu Castle

12:00-13:00

Local plate“Sicilian rice”for lunch at Saga Retro Museum in Saga city.

13:00-13:40

Free exploration at around Saga Castle.

14:20

Arrive at Saga Airport (tour guide service terminates).

15:50

Leave Saga for Haneda on ANA456.

17:30

Arrive at Haneda Airport.

Thank you for choosing ANA

DAY1

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  • 9:50

    Leave Haneda for Saga on ANA981.

  • 11:45

    Arrive at Saga Airport.

    Meet tour guide at the arrival lobby.

  • 13:00-14:00

    Saga beef for lunch at the restaurant“Kira”in Saga city.

  • 15:00-16:00

    Observation of“Yutoku Inari Shrine”in Kashima city.

  • 16:20-17:00

    Brewery observation and Japanese sake tasting at “Minematsu Shuzojo”in Kashima city.

  • Accommodation
  • Saga Beef

    Yutoku Inari Shrine

    Sake Tating Experience

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DAY2

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  • 9:00-10:30

    Hand-roll tea leaves and roasting experience at“CHAOSHIRU”in Ureshino.

  • 11:10-12:10

    Observation of “Gen-emon kiln”at Arita.

  • 12:40-13:40

    Arita-yaki Gozen (food served on Arita earthenware) for lunch at“Gallery Arita”.

  • 14:00-15:00

    Free exploration at“Okawachiyama”the homeland of potteries in Imari.

  • 15:00-16:00

    Rokuro (potter’s wheel) experience at“Kosengama”in Imari.

  • 16:40-17:10

    Enjoy the full view of Karatsu city at“Kagamiyama Observation Terrace”.

  • Accommodation
  • Arita-yaki Gozen

    Ookawachiyama

    Rokuro

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DAY3

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  • 9:00-9:30

    Observation of“Hikiyama (festival float) Exhibition Hall”in Karatsu city.

  • 9:50-10:40

    Observation of the Karatsu Castle.

  • 12:00-13:00

    Local plate“Sicilian rice”for lunch at Saga Retro Museum in Saga city.

  • 13:00-13:40

    Free exploration at around Saga Castle.

  • 14:20

    Arrive at Saga Airport (tour guide service terminates).

  • 15:50

    Leave Saga for Haneda on ANA456.

  • 17:30

    Arrive at Haneda Airport.

    Thank you for choosing ANA

  • Hikiyama Exhibition Hall

    Karatsu Castle

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TOUR PRICE

(1) Tour price includes the following:
Discount airfare for package tour (Haneda to/from Saga). It is unable to use other flights that are not stipulated on the itinerary. Haneda Airport Passenger Service Facilities Charge (PSFC).
Accommodation (2 nights stay, including 2 breakfasts, taxes and service fees). Lunch on Day 1, 2 and 3. Dinner on Day 1 and 2 as stipulated in the itinerary.
Consolidated vehicles as stipulated in the itinerary.
Entrance fees as stipulated in the itinerary. A local tour guide and an interpreter.

※Any other extraneous expenses (entrance fees, food and beverage, travel, etc.) not listed are to be covered by the participant.

  • Departure Date:

    8/30 (Thu)

    9/28 (Fri)

    10/11 (Thu)

    10/19 (Fri)

    Per Person

    (2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    129,000 JPY

    132,000 JPY

    128,000 JPY

    131,000 JPY

    Per Person

    (Per Person 1 Room)

    144,000 JPY

    147,000 JPY

    143,000 JPY

    146,000 JPY

  • Early booking discount: 20,000 JPY discount from the basic adult tour price!

    ※In case you apply for the tour and pay the tour price 22 days before departure (or during the opening hours of the preceding working day if the last day falls on Saturday, Sunday or national holiday) at the latest, you will benefit 20,000 JPY discount from the basic adult fare (child and infant fares will not be subject to the discount).
    ※However, for tours departing on 30-Aug(Thu), 20,000 JPY discount from the basic adult fare applies if you make application and pay for the tour 11 days before departure (or during the opening hours of the preceding day if the last day falls on Saturday, Sunday or national holiday) at the latest (child and infant fares will not be subject to the discount).

  • Accommodation:

    Accommodation:Please note that the hotel may be changed to one of equal or superior rank.

  • Departure Date :
    8/30 (Thu)

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    Per Person(2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    129,000 JPY

    Per Person(Per Person 1 Room)

    144,000 JPY

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  • Departure Date :
    9/28 (Fri)

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    Per Person(2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    132,000 JPY

    Per Person(Per Person 1 Room)

    147,000 JPY

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  • Departure Date :
    10/11 (Thu)

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    Per Person(2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    128,000 JPY

    Per Person(Per Person 1 Room)

    143,000 JPY

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  • Departure Date :
    10/19 (Fri)

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    Per Person(2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    131,000 JPY

    Per Person(Per Person 1 Room)

    146,000 JPY

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  • Early booking discount: 20,000 JPY discount from the basic adult tour price!

    ※In case you apply for the tour and pay the tour price 22 days before departure (or during the opening hours of the preceding working day if the last day falls on Saturday, Sunday or national holiday) at the latest, you will benefit 20,000 JPY discount from the basic adult fare (child and infant fares will not be subject to the discount).
    ※However, for tours departing on 30-Aug(Thu), 20,000 JPY discount from the basic adult fare applies if you make application and pay for the tour 11 days before departure (or during the opening hours of the preceding day if the last day falls on Saturday, Sunday or national holiday) at the latest (child and infant fares will not be subject to the discount).

(2) Common matter of (1) :

※Tour prices listed above are per person, in Japanese Yen.
※The minimum number of participants for operation is 7 persons or more.
※The tour price is the same for adults (aged over 12 years) and children (aged 3 to 11).
※Infants (aged 0 to 2) are free of charge. However, airplane seat, bed, and food and beverage will not be included.
(In this case, an infant must be seated on the lap of an adult on the airplane and sleep in the same bed as an adult).
The tour may not operate if the number of participants does not reach to its minimum operation amount.
Decision of operation will be announced to participants by email by 22 working days before the departure date.

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