After a bit of an "off the beaten path" experience from what other tourists might get in Japan, but still want to embrace the culture, art, and qui...Read more
Saga has a natural beauty that inspires. It is one of the few prefectures that has two different ocean borders: The Sea of Genkai on the north and on its south side the fertile plain along the Sea of Ariake. Saga is perfect for adventuring whilst still enjoying a relaxed countryside vibe. It is home to globally famous pottery, delicious locally grown food, relaxing hot springs and colorful festivals. An annual must see event is the Karatsu Kunchi Festival featuring massive floats shaped like samurai helmets, sea bream, and dragons made using traditional techniques and constructed with wood, lacquer and other materials. This annual extravaganza draws crowds of anywhere between 150,000 to 500,000 people over the three day holiday.