Saga Prefecture is located in the northwest part of Kyushu, the southernmost main island of the Japanese archipelago. Karatsu City is located on the western side of Saga Prefecture and is known for its terraced landscape of rice fields.
Terraced fields are the result of a tradition that rewarded farmers who could maximize the potential of Japan’s steep and rugged slopes. Such landscapes used to be much more common, but terraced farms are rapidly disappearing. It is no wonder that the region was chosen as one of the “100 Best Rice Terraces of Japan.”
In the fall, the areas footpaths are lined with blooming red spider lilies. The beauty is overwhelming.
Ideal seasons for viewing the rice terraces
Mid-April: Rice planting season
Mid-September: Harvesting of rice
Event: “Karatsu City Echizen Town Walk” Mid-May
Around 20 minutes drive from JR Karatsu Station
Address: 68-2 Hizenmachi Oura, Karatsu-shi, Saga Prefecture
Airport: Fukuoka Airport
Pristine white sand beach paradise and warm welcome breeze
Time travel to the Edo Period
Cherry blossoms and Field Mustard in full bloom on the river bank
Islands of Kagoshima, rich in drama and wonder
JAL cabin crews experience a segway tour.
19th Century red brick architectural relic from Hokkaido’s industrial heyday
The natural water curtain heals the body and soul
Gorgeous Sakura tree, guardian of a hillside tea plantation
Majestic Mt. Fuji, viewed from the shores of a quiet, idyllic lake