Find out what makes Kyushu's Saga prefecture a great destination for your skin, stomach, and soul!
1. Skin-softening Hot Springs
If you visit Japan, going to a hot springs is surely one thing to put on your list. You can find hot springs throughout Japan, but Kyushu is a veritable "hotbed" of hot springs, with many varieties on offer.
Saga Prefecture, for example, is home to Ureshino Onsen, which is said to be one of Japan's finest hot springs that promote beautiful skin. The soft, viscous water is rich in sodium, smoothing skin that has become brittle and dry. When you slip out of the bath, your skin will feel smooth as silk, as though you've shed a few layers. They say that once you experience this feeling, you'll never want to leave Ureshino. Heal body and mind as you soak in outdoor springs that open onto the vast natural surroundings.
We recommend the Yushuku Hiroba in Ureshino Onsen. This spot actually lets you enjoy a foot soak and steaming for free! Placing your feet in a wooden box with steamy vapor is something that, in Kyushu, you can only experience in Oita and Ureshino, so this is not to be missed. Another experience you must try is tofu boiled in natural hot springs water. It has an ultra smooth texture and sweet flavor, and it is the ideal beauty and health food.
2. Melt-in-your-mouth Local Beef
Now that you are in Saga, the #1 food to try here is Saga Beef, which ranks as the top gourmet choice for travelers to the prefecture. Japan may be known for several famous grades of beef, but Saga Beef is among the very finest. The meat is soft and finely marbled, producing a rich flavor. Saga Beef is great as a steak, but it also makes an exquisite dish when prepared shabu-shabu style.
3. Awe-inspiring Historical Sites
Travel a bit away from Ureshino Onsen and you will reach Yutoku Inari Shrine, one of Japan's three most important Inari shrines. This shrine is thronged with three million visitors a year who come to pray for success in business, family fortune, a great fish catch, or a safe commute or travel. With these numbers, it is one of Japan's leading shrines in terms of visitorship. The bold, red lacquered shrine and tower gates are a dynamic and dazzling presence. This shrine has also been gaining ground as an auspicious place for those looking to tie the knot! Young women from across Japan visit to say a wish for a propitious marriage.
Now that you know about Saga Prefecture, you'll be glad to hear about two new services it is launching in January! The first is the Saga Travel Call Center. Operators are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to answer inquiries in multiple languages. You can get free travel information and interpreting services from this hotline.
Telephone: 0952-20-1601 (to call from abroad, use +81-952-20-1601)
The second offer is Saga's official tourism app, DOGANSHITATO?
"DOGANSHITATO?" means "What's wrong?" in Saga's local dialect. When Saga residents see someone in need, this is the first thing they say. As you can guess, people from Saga are pretty outgoing! That's why we want to help guests from abroad who need assistance. With that mission in mind, the DOGANSHITATO? app is here to offer travel information, Wi-Fi assistance, exchange rate data, and special coupons. All of this is available in one touch from a single app, so what are you waiting for? Download it already!