2014 JSRAE Annual Conference
Saga is a prefecture which is conveniently located on the northwest corner of the Kyushu island, bordered by the Genkai Sea and the Tsushima Strait to the north and the Ariake Sea to the south. Saga prefecture has land area of 2,439.58 km2 and population of 839,458. Saga's proximity to mainland Asia has made it an important gateway for the transmission of culture and trade throughout Japanese history. The western part of the prefecture is a region famous for producing ceramics and porcelain, particularly the towns of Karatsu, Imari, and Arita. Largely rural outside of the two largest cities of Saga and Karatsu, agricultural and forested lands comprise over 68% of the total prefectural land area. There are six prefectural parks and one quasi-national park in Saga. Saga Prefecture has a mild climate with an average yearly temperate of about 16 oC.
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ATTRACTIVE PLACES IN KYUSHU AREA
Mt. Nakadake is the only active volcano among 5 mountains in Aso. Mt. Nakadake rises high in the center of a calderas which is the largest in the world. It has a huge crater of the diameter of 600 meters, the depth of 130 meters, and 4 kilometers of the circumferences, represents the Aso mountains region has magnificent views with dynamic sceens.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
This shrine worships Sugawara Michizane as “God of Scholarship”. In 901, Michizane was suddenly demoted from Udaijin (Minister of the Right) to an official of Dazaifu, and died in this place two years after. Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine was built at his final resting place. The present main shrine (important cultural asset) was built in 1591.
Imari-Arita-yaki is the first ceramics made in Japan. Born in Arita of Bizen at the beginning of the Edo Period, it was called "Arita-yaki", and because it was shipped from Imari Port, it was also called "Imari-yaki". These two names have always existed in parallel; however, since the original material forming method and decorating method are the same, the name has been unified. At "Arita Toji-no-sato Plaza/Arita-yaki Oroshi-danchi" where 25 pottery shops stand. It is managed directly by the kiln union and you can shop safely.
Ureshino Hot Springs
Ureshino Hot Spring Town prospered as a lodging site along the Nagasaki-Kaido Highway in the Edo period. This is a nostalgic and historic hot spring town which Siebold, a renowned German scholar, visited in 1826. The spring waters are rich in sodium bicarbonate and sodium chloride with a luscious silky and thick consistency. Why not spend your holiday in Ureshino, where you can soak in skin rejuvenating hot spring baths, and dine on delicious Japanese cuisine?