Located in Saga Prefecture, Arita (有田) is a town known for their porcelain – Arita Yaki. With only half a day in Arita, we visited the Kyushu Ceramic Museum and ate lunch at the nearby cafe. Liked many towns in Japan, there is a local food “experience” in Arita called the Arita Yaki Gozen. Here’s what this special meal looks like.
Known as 99 islands, Kujukushima is made up of a cluster of 208 islands located in Sasebo, Nagasaki. Why 99? That’s because “kujuku” sounds like ninety-nine in Japanese. There are several observatories in the area where you can view the islands but some are not easily accessible by public transit. Thus, one of the easiest way to see Kujukushima is to take a cruise the Pearl Sea Resort. This 50 minutes cruise will tour around some of the islands and provide information about Kujukushima in Japanese, English, Mandarin and Korean.
On Fridays to Sundays, the Karato Market (唐戸市場) will host a Sushi Battle event. During this period, participating fish stalls will sell sushi and other edibles that they in the market area. Wanting to experience this event, I made sure to schedule our visit to the fish market during the weekend on our Northern Kyushu trip.
Since Mr. Chau loves saké or Japanese rice wine, I will try to look for saké bars whenever we visit Japan. During our recent trip to Northern Kyushu, we stumbled up on a saké bar located at the Hakata JR Station area in Fukuoka. Saké no Kyushu (酒の九州) is a small saké bar tucked away in the B1 level of Amu Mall, adjacent to Hakata JR Station. The signage outside the bar was in Japanese so Mr. Chau was hesitant about going in. But being adventurous is part of travelling right? Let’s go!
Hey there, I’m Jan. I have a major sweet tooth and believe the best way to experience different cultures is through the stomach. The kitchen is my playground where I try to recreate some of the delicious dishes I ate. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy reading my travel and dining stories!
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