Saga Prefecture is a small prefecture on the island of Kyushu. Prefectural capital is Saga City with a population of about 234,700 people. The prefecture's is known for its pottery, especially the pottery from the town of Arita.
Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Saga.
The Yoshinogari Historical Park is an outstanding archaeological site in Saga Prefecture. The sprawling park covers a large settlement from the Yayoi Period (300 BC to 300 AD) where dozens of pit dwellings, elevated store houses and over 2000 tombs were unearthed. It is the largest and most important Yayoi Period site in Japan. In addition to its historical sites, the large park includes other recreational areas such as a sprawling open field where people can picnic and play sports, playgrounds, disc golf and miniature golf courses, and agricultural fields where flowers and various display crops are grown. The East Gate includes a restaurant and souvenir shop.
From Fukuoka's Hakata Station take the Kyushu Shinkansen to Shin-Tosu and transfer to a local train to Yoshinogarikoen Station. The one way trip takes around 35 minutes and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
Arita is a small town in western Saga Prefecture on Kyushu that is famous throughout Japan for its pottery, known as Arita-yaki. All of the town's attractions are somehow related to pottery, including kilns, multiple museums, archaeological sites, shops and even the local shrine. The history of Arita-yaki dates back about 400 years, when Toyotomi Hideyoshi attempted to invade Korea and brought back several highly skilled Korean craftsmen to Japan. In 1616, one of these craftsmen discovered kaolin - the mineral required to make porcelain - at the site which later became the Izumiyama Quarry. Thus Arita became the first place in Japan to produce porcelain.
Fukuoka's Hakata Station and Arita Station are connected with each other once per hour by direct JR Midori and JR Huis Ten Bosch limited express trains. The one way trip takes around 90 minutes and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass and the Kyushu Rail Pass.