Saga Prefecture

Towns surrounded by mountains

Saga Prefecture is located in the northwestern part of Kyushu and is famous for being the prefecture with the smallest area and smallest population. Taking advantage of Saga’s mild climate, fertile land, abundant water, and bountiful natural blessings, farmers work hard every day, rain or shine, to grow rice.

Prefecture of Agricultural Development

The Saga Plain was spread out by land reclamation that began in earnest during the Edo period . Saga Prefecture has become rich in minerals and fertile land, and is one of the best rice-producing areas in Japan. On the plains, agriculture consists mainly of rice and soybeans, with wheat and onions as backcrops. In the mountainous areas, fruit trees and fattening cattle are produced. Many nationally renowned agricultural products are produced according to regional characteristics. It is also one of the nation’s leading producers of glutinous rice.

The Yoshinogari Ruins

The Yoshinogari Ruins, spanning Kanzaki City and Yoshinogari Town and surrounded by 2.5 km-long dugouts, is the largest Yayoi period dugout settlement site in Japan. It is designated as a Special Historic Site of Japan as a valuable site that traces the development of the village, which adopted the rice culture and the bronze and iron artifact culture introduced via the Korean Peninsula, into the core settlement of the Kuni.


Arita-yaki is a representative Japanese ceramic ware painted with colorful paints. Many antique lovers enjoy using not only gorgeous decorative pieces but also everyday tableware for meals. Arita-yaki in the modern age is the largest ceramic production center in Japan, producing all kinds of tableware and works of art, and continues to produce a diverse world view nurtured by its long history and traditions.

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