January Events Calendar

Here are a few events to help you start of the Year of the Monkey off right!
Circle Time!!!!
  • Details: Come out and join us for the first Circle Time of the New Year!! Please come 20-30 minutes early to help set up and stay after to clean up and grab lunch!
  • When: January 17, 13:00 to 14:00
  • Where: Saga International Plaza
New Year’s Countdown Party at Hard Rock Cafe
  • When: December 31, 22:00 to January 1, 1:00
  • Where: Hard Rock Cafe Fukuoka
  • Cost: 5000 yen in advance, 5500 yen at the door (both include food and one drink)
  • Facebook event page
Celebrate the New Year at Saga Shrine with a Cannon
  • Details: 8 shots will be fired at midnight from a cannon made by the Nabeshima Clan
  • When: December 31, 23:30
  • Where: Saga Shrine
Arita Ceramic Lights
  • Details: 1000 paper and porcelain lanterns will be set up, and local food “snow soup” will be served
  • When: December 31, 23:00 to January 1, 2:00
  • Where: Sueyama Shrine
Taku Confucian Temple Fire Festival
  • Details: Pray for good health in the new year and drink ginger tea
  • When: December 31 to January 1 (it doesn’t state the time, but likely over midnight)
  • Where: Taku Confucian Temple
New Year’s Event
  • Details: A drum performance by a local group and mochi making demonstration with rice grown at the park. Free mochi to the first 200 visitors.
  • When: January 1
  • Where: Yoshinogari Historical Park, East Gate
Takezaki Kanzeon Temple’s Shushoe New Year’s Event: Ogre Festival
  • When: January 2 and 3
  • Where: Takezaki Kanzeon Temple
Taku-san Aquarium ~Town Aquarium~
  • When: Sundays from October 22 to January 24, 11:00 to 17:00, minus January
  • Where: Art Studio Bondoba
  • Cost: One drink order required (500 yen)
Hatatsu Oyster BBQ
  • Details: Barbeque your own oysters, Imari beef and more!
  • When: All Saturdays and Sundays from November 3 to February 28, 10:00 to 16:00
  • Where: Hatatsu Fureai Space in Imari
  • Website
Shine On! Imari Illumination
  • When: November 28 to February 14, 17:00 to 23:00
  • Where: Near Imari Station
Ceramics Event in Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Arita Porcelain
  • When: Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from December 5 to February 14, excluding 29 to 31 and January 12, 9:15 to 17:15
  • Where: Yumeginga
  • Cost: 100 yen, limit of 20 people per day
Items of the Shogun for New Year’s
  • Details: A number of items used by the Nabeshima family to enjoy New Year’s Day.
  • When: January 4 to 30, 9:30 to 16:00, closed Sundays and holidays
  • Where: Chokokan
  • Website
Onja Onja Spring Festival
  • When: January 7, purification ritual at 14:00, walking the town with torches at 18:00
  • Where: Karatsu Tenmangu
New Year’s Fire Fighter Event in Karatsu
  • When: January 10, 9:00 to 12:00
  • Where: Around Symbol Road in front of Karatsu Station, Karatsu City Hall and Karatsu Community Hall
New Year’s Fire Fighter Event in Tosu
  • When: January 10, 8:30 to 11:00
  • Where: Tosu City Hall
Saga Light Fantasy Closing Concert
  • When: January 11, 18:00 ~
  • Where: Tojin Machi Machikado Square
Bonfire to Burn New Year’s Decorations and Pray for Health
  • When: January 15, 18:00 to 20:00
  • Where: Saga Shrine
40th Ureshino Onsen Health Race
  • When: January 17,8:00 to 10:00
  • Where: Ureshino City Gymnasium
  • Cost: 1500 yen, registration in advance required
  • Website
Saga Balloon Meeting
  • Details: You can see balloons up close, and the first 200 can ride a balloon for 500 yen.
  • When: January 18
  • Where: Kasegawa Riverbed Launch Site
Enjoy First the Fragrance of the Year
  • When: January 24, from 10:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 14:00 (choose one time slot)
  • Where: Chokokan
  • Cost: 1000 yen
  • Register: 0952-23-4200, maximum of 20 participants
Momote Festival
  • Details: Arrows are shot into targets to predict how 2016 will go.
  • When: January 25
  • Where: Kanzaki-Machi Yokotake Otsuryu Shrine
Ureshino Attakamatsuri
  • When: January 30 to February 14
  • Where: Ureshino
  • Website
Ureshino City 10th Anniversary Event
  • When: January 31, 9:30 to 16:30
  • Where: Ribati (The Ureshino Cultural Hall)
  • Tickets: Required for entrance. Distribution locations can be found on the website

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