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Shiga Travel Guide

Nestled in the heart of Japan, Shiga Prefecture is a captivating destination renowned for its natural splendor and profound historical heritage. At the forefront of Shiga's allure is Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake and a symbol of the region's breathtaking landscape. Covering a significant portion

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Saga Travel Guide

by Travel Editor

Saga Prefecture, situated at Kyushu's northernmost tip between the Ariake Sea and the Sea of Japan, boasts an abundance of seafood and is renowned for the globally acclaimed Arita and Imari pottery. Its strategic geographical location historically positioned it as a significant trade route, contributing to its rich cultural importance in Japan. With 20 diverse golf courses offering spectacular sea vistas and mountainous parklands, Saga becomes an ideal destination for a refreshing golf getaway.

What To Do?

If you have an inclination for castles, a visit to Karatsu Castle is a must. Construction commenced in 1608 and was completed after seven years. The castle's observation deck offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings. Notably, late March marks the famous cherry blossom season, while mid-April presents the enchanting wisteria viewing experience.

For a delve into ancient history, Yoshinogari Historical Park awaits exploration. This expansive complex showcases ancient architecture and stands as the largest excavation site of its kind. Believed to date back to the Yayoi period (3rd century BC to 3rd century AD), the area exhibits villages with wooden slit houses and thatched roofs, reflecting the typical architectural style of that era. Nestled in the Kanzaki area, these ruins offer a fascinating glimpse into the red rice cultivation culture of ancient times.

Saga Prefecture is renowned for its pottery heritage. Arita and Imari stand out as two prominent pottery towns renowned for their production of vibrant ceramics, forming the bedrock of Japanese pottery culture. Delve into the historical significance of Arita-yaki at the Kyushu Ceramic Museum and the Arita Ceramic Art Museum. Imari also boasts a storied history of crafting exquisite pottery primarily exported to Europe. Various kilns feature storefronts and offer engaging do-it-yourself pottery workshops.

Events and Seasonal Happenings

The UNESCO-listed Karatsu Kunchi Festival, a vibrant Shinto celebration, occurs each fall, featuring a grand procession re-enacting the daimyo's journey through Ouchi town to Edo (present-day Tokyo) in alternate years. This colorful event showcases acrobatics and street performances with Haguma spears.

During late October, the Saga International Balloon Fiesta enchants spectators with a stunning display of hot air balloons, including competitions on maneuvering and design across six days.

In spring, the Arita Pottery Festival, held during Golden Week in late April to early May, spans a 4-kilometer roadside from JR Arita station to Kami-Arita station. Over 500 merchants exhibit and sell some of the world's finest pottery.

What to eat

When it comes to must-try dishes in Saga, Ika (Live Squid Sashimi) claims the spotlight, particularly in Yobuko-cho, celebrated for its unique local squid amidst the backdrop of the Sea of Japan. However, if seafood isn't your preference, Saga offers an array of delights. Indulge in the world-renowned Saga Wagyu beef, and explore local delicacies like onsen tofu, red miso, and Shishirian rice, each promising a distinctive taste of this region. Given the temperate climate, fruit is also excellent; pears, mandarin oranges, and strawberries are a must-try here.

Where To Play?

Here are 5 of the most popular courses to play in Saga as booked by our customers:

5. Tenzan Country Club

4. Saga Royal Golf Club

3. Wakagi Golf Club

2. Karatsu Golf Club

1. Saga Country Club

How To Get There

From Tokyo, take the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Saga Station. One way journey takes about 6 hours. Alternatively, fly 2 hours from Haneda Airport to Kyushu Saga International Airport and connect with a bus into Saga City. 

From Osaka, take the Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Saga Station. One way trip takes 3 hours and 20 minutes.