The charming Saga prefecture is located in the Kyushu region of southern Japan, bordering the prefecture of Fukuoka to the northeast and Nagasaki Prefecture to the southwest. Its proximity to the Asian continent has made it an important gateway for cultural and commercial exchange throughout Japanese history.
Today, Saga is known for its beautiful and particular sanctuaries and, especially for its greatest attraction, such as the various types of ceramics and porcelain manufactured there, mainly in the cities of Arita, Imari and Karatsu.
Some recommended places to visit in this prefecture:
The city of Arita: located in the east of Saga, it is famous throughout Japan for being the first territory in the country to make porcelain. Original creations date back more than 400 years and this tradition continues to this day. Many of the city’s attractions such as museums, bridges, archaeological sites, even a Shinto shrine, attract attention because they have to do with porcelain. For art lovers, getting to know this city is a must while traveling through Kyushu.
Tozan Shrine: It is located in the city of Arita and is the local sanctuary. This Shinto temple differs from any other of its kind because the Torii gate is made entirely of Arita-yaki, that is, porcelain produced in Arita. Not only the Torii, but the lamps, the statues of the guardians of the sanctuary, as well as other details, were made of the finest porcelain. It is a very beautiful original Sanctuary that is recommended to visit.
Karatsu: it is a coastal city that is 50 kilometers from Fukuoka. It is famous for its porcelain, but also for its castle that was built from pieces of Nagoya Castle, as well as for the Yokubo morning market which is one of the best open-air markets in Japan where all kinds of vegetables are sold. , fish and local specialties, plus the Nanatsugama cruise and caves formed by erosion. Karatsu has many places to offer tourists who visit this beautiful city.
Yutoku Inari Shrine: It is located south of Saga, in the city of Kashima. It is one of the three most important Inari shrines in the country, along with the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto and the Toyokawa Inari in Aichi prefecture. It was built on the steep side of a valley. Its main room stands on tall wooden beams 18 meters above the valley floor. If you climb to the top you can enjoy a nice view of the city of Kashima. This sanctuary is very beautiful, excellent for taking pictures.
On the other hand, it is recommended to rent a kimono in the vicinity of it to live a more complete experience. Inari is one of the most important gods in Shintoism.
Apart from these attractions that are a must in the beautiful prefecture of Saga, it is also worth recommending the wonderful onsen that the cities of Ureshino and Takeo have, as well as the historical theme parks, museums and much more. While traveling in the Kyushu region it is suggested to take a tour of Saga.