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  • Matsuuraichi Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Yamashirochou Kusuku 312
    "A sake brewery located in Kusuku Yamashiro-cho, Imari City. Established in 1716, the brewery crafts liquors such as the renowned sake, ""Matsuuraichi"". Visitors can check out the brewery and view historic items such as old farming and brewery equipment used up until the mid-1950s, as well as the mummy of a kappa goblin viewed as a water guardian deity. With an advance reservation, visitors can also receive a guided brewery tour."
  • Karatsu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Minamijounai 3-13
    A Shinto shrine located in Minamijonai, Karatsu City. Records state this ancient shrine was established in the distant Nara period. Famous for the Karatsu Kunchi, a large autumn festival held each year from November 2 through 4, many tourists come to watch the festival parade consisting of 14 colorful traditional floats. This festival has also been designated a National Important Intangible Folk-Cultural Property.
  • Toshoka
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Otsu 1810-1
    "A pottery studio located in Okawachi-cho, Imari City. From the Edo through the Meiji periods, this studio was an official supplier of pottery to the bygone Nabeshima Domain and is also one of the studios in Okawauchiyama which has been included in the ""Okawachi Nabeshima Kiln Sites"" National Historic Site listing. The studio sells pottery made using traditional techniques, incorporating modern designs, and decorated by the hand of the studio head."
  • Roadside Station Kashima
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    Saga Pref. Kashimashi Otonari Case 4427-6
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 207 in Otonari Kabuto, Kashima City. There's a farmer's market selling local agricultural and marine products as well as a sports park with a gymnasium and pool. Facing the tidal flats of the Ariake Sea, visitors can also get a sweeping view of the flats from the station's observatory and the station offers a Tanajibu local traditional fishing class and a class on the natural environment of the tidal flats. The annual ""Kashima Gatalympics"" are also held here."
  • Roadside Station Tara
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    Saga Pref. Fujitsuguntarachou Ifuku Kou 3488-2
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 207 in Ifuku Ko, Tara Town, Fujitsu County, Saga Prefecture. At the ""Tarafukukan"" farrmers market and local specialty products shop, visitors can purchase fresh, local vegetables, Tara mikan mandarin oranges, and other agricultural products; seafood from the Ariake Sea; and eggs from farms on the Taradake Highland. The station also sells medicinal herb ice cream, Saga beef croquettes, and other prepared foods. The Tajima ham sold here has received high praise in international competitions."
  • Roadside Station Yamato Soyokaze-kan
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    Saga Pref. Sagashi Yamato-chomeno 805
    A roadside station situated along National Route 263 in Umeno, Yamato-cho, Saga City. The station sells fresh, local vegetable, Matsuume rice, and other agricultural products; dried persimmons (a local specialty product) and ice cream and yokan jelly made with dried persimmons; and craft goods like Nao washi Japanese paper. The adjoining bread bakery also offers dried persimmon soft serve ice cream. Adjoined by a caravan campground, visitors can also enjoy barbecuing and fishing here (visitors must bring their own fishing gear).
  • Roadside Station Yoshinogari Sazanka Senbokan
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Kanzakigunyoshinogarichou Matsuguma 1710-11
    A roadside station situated along National Route 385 in Matsuguma, Yoshinogari Town, Kanzaki County, Saga Prefecture. Facilities include a farmer's market selling local agricultural products; a bakery selling fresh baked bread made with Mt. Sefuri natural spring water; and the Kajitsu Kobo Shin Sun Yoshinogari Shop, which sells parfaits, jellies, and choux cremes made with fresh, seasonal fruit. There's also an observatory from which visitors can get a sweeping view of the surrounding mountains.
  • Nabeshima Oniwayaki
    Shopping
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Otsu 1822-1
    A pottery studio located Otsu Okawachi-cho, Imari City. One of the pottery studios situated in Okawachiyama, an area which was home to pottery studios which officially supplied what was Nabeshima Domain from the Edo to the Meiji periods, this studio is the only one currently in operation which can trace its lineage directly to one of these fabled official kilns. The studio was the only one permitted by Nabeshima Domain to use the apricot leaf mark still imprinted on the backs of the studio's pieces.
  • Nabeshima Hanyobashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou
    A bridge located in Okawachi-cho, Imari City. This area was the location of pottery studios which officially supplied what was Nabeshima Domain from the Edo to the Meiji periods. Today, the area has been designated a National Historic Site due to the history of its ''secret'' kilns and this bridge marks its entrance. The 10-meter-long bridge's guardrail has been adorned with pottery tiles and fragments as well as Imari ware vases.
  • Cape Hado
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    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Chinzeimachihado
    A cape jutting out from the Higashimatsuura Peninsula in Hado Chinzei-machi, Karatsu City. From here visitors can take in a gorgeous view-the sun setting on the Genkai Sea is particularly spectacular. Nearby are a beach, inexpensive government operated hotel, and campground. The area is also known for grilling turban shell in the shell. There is an underwater observation tower at the end of a wharf on the cape and from here visitors can see fish and other creatures living seven meters below the surface of the ocean.
  • Terraced Rice Fields of Hamanoura
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    Saga Pref. Higashimatsuragungenkaichou Hamanoura
    A terraced rice field area located in Hamanoura, Genkai Town, Higashimatsuura County, Saga Prefecture. The 11.5-hectare area consists of 283 terraced rice fields of varying shapes and sizes built on slopes facing a cove. Visitors can enjoy such seasonal sights as the terraced rice fields filled with water and sun set over the ocean beyond. There are observatories in the area from which visitors can take in the fields and on long holidays the place bustles with tourists.
  • Kazenomieruoka Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochoukabeshima 3279-1
    A park located on Kabe Island in Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City. Located on a hill on Kabe Island on the opposite side of the Yobuko Ohashi Bridge from Tononoura, the park offers a sweeping view encompassing the Genkai Sea, Yobuko Bay, and Yobuko Ohashi Bridge. The park is symbolized by its famous white windmill. Other facilities include a rest house.
  • Hizen Nagoya Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Karatsu-shi Chinzeimachi Nagoya 1938-3 Nagoya Castle Ruins Tourist Information Office
    These castle ruins are located at Nagoya, Chinzei Town, Karatsu City. Hizen Nagoya Castle was built during the battles of Bunroku and Keicho when Hideyoshi Toyotomi was invading the Korean Peninsula. At the time it was the second largest castle in size after Osaka Castle. The castle was used as a base camp for the invasion of the mainland and over 140 encampments for soldiers were located in the surrounding area. At present, the castle ruins, as well as 23 other camps in the area, are designated as national historic sites. Artifacts excavated at the site are on display at the Saga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum.
  • Ironabeshima Kobogama Okawachi Gallery
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Otsu 1175-3
    A pottery studio and shop located in Okawachiyama, mountain village of Nabeshima ware, in Okawachi-cho, Imari City. The owner has studied the colorful Iro-Nabeshima variety of Nabeshima ware for close to 30 years and here customers can purchase original pieces crafted with the masterful techniques acquired through this journey. A fun place just to come and look around, the studio’s shop is filled with beautiful small dishes decorated using pattern paper as well as free hand designs.
  • Yobuko Kaisyu Kodawari Kobo Ika Shumai Kojo
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochoutononoura 552-2
    A shop which makes squid shumai dumplings, a local Yobuko specialty, located in Tononoura, Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City. Visitors can watch the dumplings being made via a glass window and purchase these tasty treats as well. Set meals and traditional kaiseki course meals made with Yobuko squid and other seasonal seafood are served in the adjoining Yobuko Kaisyu Main restaurant.
  • Irohajima Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Hizenmachimitsukoshi 314
    Located at the Urigasaka-iriguchi bus stop, a 30-minute drive from Karatsu Station, this observation deck was set up on a hill overlooking the scenic spot of the Genkai Quasi-National Park and various large and small islands in Imari Bay. Iroha Island is the generic name for 48 large and small islands in Imari Bay, and it is said that they were named by Kukai (Koko Daishi, a great Buddhist priest) after 48 letters in the Japanese kana characters. From the observation deck, you can see Hirado Island, Takashima Island and the Sefuri and Kunimi mountain range, as well as the rias coastline surrounding the island and the gallant sight of distant mountains. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets, slopes and diaper changing tables, and guide dogs are also welcome.
  • Tategami-iwa Rocks
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Minatomachi
    "Located a 50-minute drive from the Taku Interchange on the Nagasaki Expressway, these two huge basaltic pillars that are particularly eye-catching even among the many boulders lined up along the shore of the Minato district, a scenic area facing the Genkai Pass. The rocks, with circumferences of six meters and heights of 30 meters, were created by the erosion of waves and appear to stand side by side, which it why they are also called ""Meoto Iwa"" (the Wedded Rocks.) The coast just west of Tategami Rock is a popular spot that is said to be the birthplace of surfing in Kyushu. Throughout the year, there is an endless line of surfers fighting against the rough waters of the Genkai Sea."
  • Ryumonkyo Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Nishimatsuragunaritachou Hiroseyama
    Located an approximately 20-minute drive from the Hasami-Arita Interchange on the Nishi-Kyushu Expressway, this valley is situated upstream from the Ryumon Dam, and makes up a corner of Kurokamiyama National Park. The flowing water is so clean that it was chosen as one of the Top 100 Famous Water and the Top 100 Forested Water, and it is famous for its river fish dishes such as carp, eel and sweetfish raised in this water. There is a promenade along the valley, and you can enjoy the walk to Mt. Kurokami while enjoying cherry blossoms in the spring, brilliant greenery in the summer, and colorful leaves in the autumn. There is also a campsite nearby.
  • Kabe Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Prefecture Yotsukocho, Karatsu
    An island in the Genkai Sea 500 meters from Port in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture. Thanks to the Yobuko Ohashi Bridge, which opened in April 1989, the island is easily accessible by car. An expanse of tranquil rural scenery and grasslands, Kazenomieruoka Park and a local specialty products market overlook Yobuko Ohashi Bridge, and the island is fast become a popular sightseeing destination. Visitors can also experience ancient history here - the early sixth century Hisagozuka Tumulus as well as Tashima Shrine, said to be the oldest Shinto shrine in the prefecture, are located on the north side of the island. In addition, visitors can enjoy fresh squid and other seafood cuisine.
  • Saga Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Sagashi Jounai
    "These castle ruins are in Saga city, Saga Prefecture. The ruins date from the city's symbol hayday, Nabejima's legendary ""360,000 koku city,"" but now only the Shachi-no-Mon (orca gate) to the main castle, to watchtower, and the stonework wall remain. The Shachi-no-Mon and stone wall are nationally designated Important Cultural Assets, as well. The area around the ruins is the prefectural Saga Castle Park, and is popular for cherry blossoms and azaleas."

Saga Areas

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Away from the fast-paced cities of mainland Japan, Kyushu's Saga prefecture offers quaint towns and cities known for their traditional crafts, particularly ceramics. Rich in kaolin (a type of clay), Saga became the homeland of Arita ware, a delicate, decorative porcelain that is now celebrated worldwide and can be discovered in the towns of Arita, Imari, and Karatsu.

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