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Ceramics culture in Karatsu, Imari and Arita

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Upcoming Saga Events

Karatsu Kunchi Festival

Karatsu Kunchi Festival

Early Nov

For over 400 years, this autumn festival has been held at Karatsu Shrine and is one of Kyushu's major festival attractions.

Karatsu Shrine 1 Free
TeamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live

TeamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live

Jul 22nd - Nov 8th

A new exhibition by TeamLab is sure to astound your senses and tickle your imagination.

Mifuneyama Rakuen 2 ¥1,200

Where to eat in Saga

Café Notch

Café Notch

Tristan Scholze

Café Notch brings together home cooking and healthy local products in a beautiful log cabin set in a mountainside village.

Gallery Arita 7

Gallery Arita

Kim B

At Gallery Arita in Saga Prefecture, you can enjoy your coffee with a unique spin. The cafe is adorned with walls of beautiful Arita..


Places to stay in Saga

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Fuunoki Shokudo

Fuunoki Shokudo

Kim B

Fuunoki Shokudo is a home style cooking restaurant, with both Japanese and Western style offerings available. Across the street..

Streets of Arita 7

Streets of Arita

Kim B

Arita, in Saga Prefecture, is a city with strong roots to the pottery industry. Wandering the streets is a great way to get a feel..

Top 10 Experiences in Saga

Top 10 Experiences in Saga

Lisa Wallin

Sandwiched between Nagasaki and Fukuoka Prefectures on the island of Kyushu, Saga is best known for its stunning ceramics from Arita,..


About Saga

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kyushu
Island Kyushu
Capital Saga
Population 849,788
Area 2440.64 sq. km

The smallest prefecture in Kyushu, Saga Prefecture (佐賀県, Saga-ken) is the perfect getaway from the more-populated nearby areas of Fukuoka and Nagasaki.

Travel through time at the Yoshinogari Ruins, while Karatsu Castle and Yutoku Inari Shrine, one of the three largest Inari shrines in Japan, are also places of note.

Saga is also famous for its quirky events; a popular event held in early November (often coinciding with Karatsu Kunchi, another famous festival) is the Saga International Balloon Fiesta, one of the largest hot air balloon competitions in the world. The Kashima “Gatalympics” in May and/or June involve competitions done on mudflats, resulting in pretty much everyone being covered in mud.

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