Placed in northwest part of Kyushu Island, this prefecture touches both Sea of Japan and Ariake Sea. Known as prefecture that producing ceramics and porcelain. Long time ago, this prefecture are part of Hizen Province, and also key of economic, knowledge, and cultural exchange from Korea and China. Making the ceramic-making-technique were adapted from China. Having bordered by Genkai Sea and Tshushima Strait made Saga becomes an important gateway for culture exchange and trade throughout Japanese history. Saga Prefecture has a mild climate with an average temperate of about 16°C that good for agricultural and foresty comprise 69% of total area, and coastal fisheries becomes a large portion of the prefectural economy also the area is home to some of the greatest seafood dishes in the country, including sashimi, oysters and the popular ika no ikizukuri, a dish featuring squid which is sliced alive just moments before being served. This Kyushu's smallest prefecture populations is 833,000 people. There is a unique point of Saga prefecture, parts of Saga prefecture, Kashima City is home to the Gatalympics: a fun-filled competition during which participants compete in unique games and end up covered with mud. The games consist of silly, game-show type contests such as a mud sumo tournaments and a surf board race. It has grown into one of the most famous events of Saga Prefecture with Japanese and foreigners alike participating.
1. Where history residesSaga has so many historical place, one of them is Saga Castle History Museum that was a reconstruction of the main keep of Saga Castle built in 1838, which was the last years of Edo Period. In this place there are 700 tatamis are laid in building that provides ample space for a wide exhibits including image and models that depict Saga during the fall of Tokugawa Shogunate and Meiji Restoration. Visitors also introduced to the restoration of Saga Castle, the science and technology of Saga Clan, which was at the forefront of bakumatsu era and Meiji Period. Due to its proximity to mainland Asia, Saga Prefecture has been an important gateway for the transmission of culture and trade throughout Japanese history.
2. To the past, to see what we were becomeIn Saga prefecture also resides Yoshinogari Park, and a main archeological site in Saga prefecture. This park contains a settlement that considered originated from Yayoi Priod, which exist from 300 BC to 300 AD. You will also find various ancient sites here. Some of them are pit dwellings, as well as storage room, and around 2.000 graveyards. This park is considered as one of the best depictions of Yayoi period in modern Japan, the best place to learn about Japanese history. Of the reconstructed villages, the Minami Naikaku settlement at the center of the park is one of the most important. Enclosed by defensive walls and moats, this is where the Yayoi Period kings were thought to have governed from. Nearby is an exhibition house displaying tools and clothes of the Yayoi people as well as artifacts and displays explaining their agricultural techniques. Another section displays burial jars unearthed around the site. The exhibitions include detailed English descriptions, so it's foreign visitors friendly.
3. The best creations lies hereAs a prefecture knowns for its ceramics and porceleins, it's a waste of time if we don't visits these city : Arita and Imari. Adapted the technic from China but its ceramic has it unique characteristic that contain the local culture. Thus, ceramics and porcelein from Saga have high artistic value and selling points.Placed in western of Saga, they were the first place in Japan where the both pottery was made. These crafter use kaolin, as material for making the porcelain, after learn some technique from Korea. The new technology was an extremely valuable resource for the local ruler because porcelain was better and stronger than contemporary pottery and sold very well inside and outside of Japan. The town of Arita and the isolated mountain village of Okawachiyama served as the two main sites of production, while Imari served as the port from where the finished products were shipped out.
Saga Tourist Spots
1. Tosu Premium OutletsOpened in 2004, Tosu Premium Outlets is a retail outlet located in Tosu in the wider Saga Prefecture. It was designed in Spanish colonial style. in Here you will find around 150 different shops that sell everything from clothing to watches, and home furnishings to books. Duty free shops are also available here, so this is a great place to buy some cheap things. Well, holiday also means shoppings, right? There is a food court in the center of the mall, fast food shops and nationwide chain restaurants etc are there, so visitors still enjoy food from local to international foods. if you bring your kids around, you can try the Kids’ programs, where nature experts teach kids how to interact with nature, are also held at the mall.
2. Takeo Onsen Museum:Takeo Onsen Museum is a great place to come to Saga and West Kyushu, that said to have history over 1300 years as onsen destionation. Takeo's waters feel silky smooth on skin thanks to a high concentration of sodium bicarbonate. They have attracted a lot of people over the centuries, including powerful feudal lords, craftsmen and soldiers who were stationed at nearby Nagoya Castle outside of Karatsu at the end of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period in the 16th century. This place are the best place if you want to pick up some souvenirs from this area, includes a variety of popular snacks sold in Kyushu such as puddings, cakes and ohagi as well as other souvenir items such as handicrafts. You can also use a bus to tour around the area, it is a good choice if you go there by groups.
3. Ureshino Tea Village:Not many people realizes that Saga is also famous for its tea. You can go to the Ureshino Tea Village where you can visit the tea plantations. What's interesting here is that you can also taste and buy a variety of different delicious tea products including tea bags and distinctive tea leaves such as softcream, boiled tea leaves, and many more. Proper cultivation of Ureshino Tea was begun in 1648 and 1651 by Jinbei Yoshimura, who is even sung about in local folk songs. Tea seeds were gathered from Mount Sefuri and planted in the mountainous region of Ureshino Onsen, ideal as a tea growing area. This ultimately resulted in the flourishing tea industry of present day. Daichanoki, which is designated as a natural monument of Japan, is said to be from this time. The two teas of "Pan-Fried Tama Green Tea", with its rich flavor and refreshing notes, and "Steamed Green Tea" with its full-body aroma and rounded flavor are what are referred to as "Ureshino Tea".