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.
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.
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.