Saga is the smallest prefecture on the island of Kyushu with picturesque natural landscapes of mountains, national parks and rice paddies. Remnants of the prefecture’s ancient civilization demonstrate its rich history and it is the place where the most famous Japanese pottery, Aritayaki (Arita Ware) originated.
Located in the northwest of Kyushu, Saga is most renowned for its production of pottery, especially its ceramics which were first created in the traditional town of Arita. While Arita ware is typically refined colorful porcelain, neighboring towns around Saga specialize in varying types of pottery including rustic unique pieces from Karatsu and delicate ceramics from Imari. In July, many visit the coastal city of Karatsu to see the biggest fireworks in Kyushu rising over the castle.
Terraced rice fields are also a common feature in Saga including the noteworthy Hamanoura Rice Terraces along the coast of Genkai. It is one of the 100 rice paddies in Japan and it is especially beautiful with a breathtaking view seen at dusk in early May when the rice paddies absorb the color of the sunlight and turn orange.