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DESTINATION

SAGA

Enjoy the slow life in this
picturesque part of Kyushu.

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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 among 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.”

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  • KARATSU CASTLE

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    KARATSU CASTLE

    This stunning five-tiered castle began construction in 1602 and was finished seven 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 the 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 clean, crisp and delicious 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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