Welcome to Saga! This small prefecture is located northwest of the island of Kyushu. Sandwiched between the lively cosmopolitan centers of Nagasaki and Fukuoka, Saga offers plenty of natural wonders, history, and artistry. The city of Karatsu in Saga is well-known for being the birthplace of ceramics. Arita and Imari have been heavily influenced by Chinese and Korean culture, and famous for being a major production area for great pottery brands. A renowned, international hot air balloon competition, Saga International Balloon Fiesta, is held annually from late October to the beginning of November, and visitors can see riverside lined with bright, massive hot air balloons.

Destinations

When in Saga, do not miss the vast carpets of flowers at Mifuneyama Rakuen, the soothing waters of Ureshino onsen, and the well-preserved Saga Castle.

Saga City

The capital city most known for world-famous hot air balloon festival

Karatsu

Castle town close to the Korean Peninsula

Arita & Imari

Famous pottery towns where porcelain first produced

We arrange a wide array of meal choices for you, from Japanese traditional set meals, all you can eat, to local and seasonal specialties. Join us in exploring the taste of Japan!

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Different regions have their own traditional recipes and agricultural farming system. Many of the regional dishes can only be tasted in the original area they came from.

Ureshino Tea

Saga is the birthplace of green tea in Japan. It first arrived when the monk Eisai brought tea leaves back from China in 1191. The cultivation began in the hot spring town of Ureshino in 1440. The pure local waters give ultra-fertile soils that are perfect for high-quality tea production, resulting in a smooth and light taste. Ureshino green tea is also used in a variation of shabu-shabu hotpot called cha-shabu, where pork and vegetables are cooked in green tea rather than stock (Image via Saga Trip Genius).

Onsen Yudofu

Also known as hot spring tofu, onsen yudofu is tofu cooked in spring waters from Ureshino onsen. Enriched with sodium bicarbonate and other beautifying minerals from the hot spring waters, the tofu becomes soft-textured, milky, and smooth, with a subtle sweetness. It is traditionally cooked with other ingredients, such as fish cakes, shrimps, and vegetables, and accompanied by ginger, onion, and a rich sauce

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Experience

Whether this is your first time visiting, or returning, make sure to participate in these unique activities, that cannot be done elsewhere!

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Recommended Hotels

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Central Hotel Takeo Onsen Ekimae

Garden Terrace Saga Hotel & Maritopia

Hotel Route-Inn Saga Ekimae

Shioyu Naginoto

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