- Must-Visit Attractions Accessible from Saga Airport -
"Arita", "Imari", and Castle Town "Karatsu"; the Cities of Pottery
These are the cities of pottery where you can wander around exploring Japanese ceramic art. Also, don't forget to try "Yobuko no Ika", a local specialty.
Karatsu Castle (Karatsu)
It is symbol of "Karatsu". The castle also appears in the TV anime "Yuri!!! on ICE" that was modeled on Karatsu. "Maizuru Bridge" near the castle and "Karatsu Station" were also used as model locations for the anime. About 90 minutes by car from airport.
"Yobuko" area in Karatsu is known for its squid and "Ikezukuri", the method of preparing transparent and sweet sashimi from live and fresh squid. The "Yobuko Morning Market" held every morning sells squid along with various kinds of seafood as well as vegetables and fruits.
"Arita" and "Imari" are well-known for porcelain ware. Arita used to export its "porcelain ware" to Europe from "Imari" port. You can visit a potter to see how it is made. It takes about 80 minutes by a limousine taxi to "Arita" and 65 minutes by train to "Imari" from airport.
Known as one of the "Japan's three beauty onsens (Nihon Sandai Bihada no Yu)", the baths here will make your skin soft and smooth. "Ureshino Onsen Yudofu" is a tofu dish made by using Ureshino's hot spring water, which gives it a soft and mellow texture. The local Japanese tea "Ureshinocha" is perfect as souvenir. About 60 minutes by a limousine taxi from airport.
It is a garden that features beautiful seasonal flowers and autumn colors with the cliffs of Mifuneyama in the background. The park attracts many tourists particularly between late April to early May, the blooming period for over 2,00,000 azalea flowers. About 60 minutes by a limousine taxi from airport.
*As of February 2019.
*All photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
Traditional Fishing in the Ariake Sea "A unique method of fishing on mudflats"
This is Ariake Sea off the coast of Saga Prefecture. Tidepools here extend for up to 7 kilometers wide thanks to tidal ranges of up to 6 meters, the greatest tidal range in Japan. Fishermen use the tidepools a traditional fishing method called Mutsukake, which can only be found in the Ariake Sea. The target of these fishing efforts is the mudskipper, which they catch by throwing unbaited hooks at the fish and reeling them in.
"Doors to explore 'NIPPON'", a special program that showcases scenes hand-picked from NHK's "SHIN NIHON FUDOKI", a show that conveys the beautiful scenery and profound culture of Japan, is screened on five TV monitors installed in the departure area of Haneda Airport. Do enjoy the video before you leave Haneda Airport.