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The 10 best things to do in Saga

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By Imtya Rahmi Lazuardini

Looking for things to do in Saga? Nestled in the northwest corner of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, Saga Prefecture is a delightful surprise that borders both Fukuoka and Nagasaki prefectures. Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors, Saga remains a relatively undiscovered gem.

Saga Prefecture­ offers a unique mix of the past’s be­auty with the comfort of today. Whether you’re a culture or history buff, a nature enthusiast or a shopaholic, Saga has something to captivate your interest. It’s particularly appealing to those who enjoy exploring lesser-known destinations far from the crowded tourist hotspots.

Ready to explore? Here are the 10 best things to do in Saga that promise to make your visit memorable!

1. Takeo City Library

It’s not your average library. Image: Wikicommons/ Yuki5287

Calling for all bibliophiles. In Takeo City, Saga, the famous architect Tadao Ando designed the beautiful Takeo City Library. It includes two buildings, the primary one holding an extensive book collection worldwide and a separate children’s library. The structure, built mainly from wood and wide glass pieces, provides a bright, cozy place for reading. The library allows visitors to learn and relax amongst stunning hills and vibrant green trees, offering a chance for quiet reflection.

5304-1 Takeocho Oaza, Takeo, Takeo, Saga - Map

Nearest Station: JR Takeo Onsen Station


2. Yoshinogari Historical Park

A beautiful view in Saga Prefecture. Image: iStock/ kanonsky

Do you have a passion for ancient Japan? Then, you’ll be thrilled to visit Yoshinogari Historical Park in Kanzaki, Saga. This extensive archaeological site caters brilliantly to history lovers and offers an incredible insight into Japan’s rich legacy. The park takes you on a journey with its numerous reconstructed old burial mounds and moats that bring the Yayoi Period (300 BC to 300 AD) back to life. Stroll around this impressive site and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at your own pace.

1843 Tade, Yoshinogari, Kanzaki, Saga - Map

Nearest Station: JR Kanzaki Station, JR Yoshinogari Koen Station

Admission: Over 15 years: ¥460, elderly: ¥200, children: free


3. Arita Porcelain Park

Saga’s replica of Dresden’s famed Zwinger Palace Image: Wikicommons/ Butch

Arita’s 400-year-old tradition of making porcelain shines through its identity today. Its focal point, Arita Porcelain Park, is a testament to this. Here, you find a replica of Dresden’s famed Zwinger Palace and a vast baroque garden filled with seasonal flowers, reflecting European influence on Arita’s porcelain work. You can even craft your own porcelain piece, a rare fusion of Japanese craftsmanship and European design. A visit to this park surely offers a distinct cultural experience!

340-28 Otsu Toya, Arita, Nishimatsuura, Saga - Map

Nearest Station: JR Arita Station


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I haven't been to it but, apparently, the hot air balloon fiesta in autumn is quite something as well.

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