A prefecture with plenty of charms! 4 places to visit in Saga Prefecture

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Saga Prefecture is the smallest prefecture in the Kyushu region in terms of population and area, which may be why many people have a relatively low-key impression of it. However, it is surprisingly a prefecture filled with history, culture, nature, and many other attractions. In this article, we will introduce you to four of the most popular tourist spots in Saga Prefecture that might completely change your perspective about this prefecture!

1. Yoshinogari Historical Park

Yoshinogari Historical Park is one of the largest archaeological sites in Japan, where you can feel as if you have gone back in time to the Yayoi period.
It has a collection of materials and information that is extremely valuable in revealing the ancient history of Japan.
The park has reconstructed and recreated ancient Japan, including even a huge moat-encircled village and forest. You can also experience starting a fire using old methods.

瞭望台、高床式倉庫、遺跡、居住的痕跡
Yoshinogari Historical Park

2. Yobuko Morning Market (Yobuko no Asaichi)

The Yobuko Morning Market has a history of 100 years in Yobuko Town, famous for squid fishing. The 200-meter-long morning market street is lined with nearly 50 stalls. The market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. every day.
In addition to fresh seafood and vegetables, they also sell street food that you can eat while you walk around.
The truly fresh squid sashimi is a beautiful clear transparent color with an excellent flavor. There are many restaurants in Yobuko where you can eat fresh squid sashimi. Look for your favorite restaurant and give it a try.

Yobuko Morning Market (Yobuko no Asaichi)
Yobuko Morning Market (Yobuko no Asaichi)
Fresh Squid Sashimi
Fresh Squid Sashimi
Address
Yobukochoyobuko, Karatsu City, Saga
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

3. Karatsu Castle (Karatsu-jō)

Karatsu Castle was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi's vassal, Shima-no-Kami Hirotaka Terazawa, over a period of seven years from 1602.
It is also known as "Maizuru Castle" because the pine groves stretching towards the east and west look like cranes with their wings spread.
The castle tower was built in 1966 and is now a local museum. The observation deck on the 5th floor is the perfect viewpoint, offering a stunning view of the ocean and the city.

Karatsu Castle (Karatsu-jō)
Karatsu Castle (Karatsu-jō)
Address
8-1 Higashijonai, Karatsu City, Saga
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

4. Nanatsugama Caves

Nanatsugama Caves, registered as a national natural monument, is a scenic spot formed by erosion caused by rough waves.
The mysterious appearance of seven caves aligned in a row attracts many visitors.
The observatory and promenade on the top of the Nanatsugama Caves are always crowded with tourists.
You can also look at the caves from a sightseeing boat.

Nanatsugama Caves
Nanatsugama Caves
Address
Yakataishi, Karatsu City, Saga
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)