Located next to the East China Sea, Saga offers abundant fresh seafood options. Yobuko ika (live squid sashimi) is a famous dish from Saga; there is even a Yobuko ika festival there! If you are not a fan of raw seafood, you can also eat squid grilled or fried as tempura. If you can’t pick between all the delicious food Saga has to offer, we’ve narrowed it down for you in our blog post covering what to eat in Saga.
Takeo Onsen, with its relaxing hot springs, is a great place to go to pamper yourself. Take a trip to Yutoku Inari Shrine, which looks over Kashima City. The architectural highlight there is the impressive main hall, which is held up by 18-meter tall beams.
The natural beauty of Ogi Park always stuns visitors. The park has around 3,000 cherry blossom trees that extend up the hillside. If you take the south path, you will find yourself surrounded by cherry blossoms. Visiting towards the end of cherry blossom season is also nice, as the sakura petals fall and decorate the surface of the huge lake inside the park.
Saga is famous for its seafood and rich history. Many come just to try the fresh seafood from Genkai Sea. If you are not a fan of fish, Saga beef is also popular due to its high quality and gorgeous marbling.
Pottery is an important handmade craft of Saga, a tradition that started there 400 years ago. If you head to Arita and Imari, you can find hand-made ceramics, the perfect souvenir of your trip to Saga.
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