October Events Calendar

Circle Time at Takeo International Festival
  • Details: We’re doing two mini sessions. If you’d like to help out, please send Hannah a message come at least 15 minutes before the start of a session. And feel free to enjoy the other events running from 10:00 to 16:00!
  • When: October 8, Session 1: 11:00, Session 2: 14:00
  • Where: Takeo City Cultural Hall
Circle Time with Asomanabu Halloween
  • Details: Our most exciting Circle Time of the year! Come in costume and read Halloween-themed books with local kids. If we get enough volunteers, we might also help SPIRA run its other Halloween-themed stations.
  • When: *Saturday*, October 28, please come at 9:30 to help set up! The event ends at noon.
  • Where: International Plaza, Saga Shoko Building, Saga City
5th Kanpai with Sagansake
  • Details: Falling on a Sunday this year, it is being re-worked as a 24-hour event. Celebrate the local brewing industry at one of the participating restaurants or via SNS (so you don’t even have to be in the country!). Open to those of legal drinking age (20+ in Japan) only. Only applies to sake and shochu designated as “Sagansake” (marked with a special “The Saga” sticker).
  • When: The full 24 hours of October 1
  • Where: Bars and pubs across Saga Prefecture, or wherever in the world you’re drinking Sagansake
  • Website with rules and participating bars list
Tenzan Shrine Kunchi and Autumn Festival
  • When: October 8 and 9, 10:00 to 12:00
  • Where: Tenzan Shrine, Ogi
European Dress-up Event at Saga Castle
  • When: October 8, 10:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 16:00
  • Where: Saga Castle History Museum
Team Lab Projection Mapping at Mifuneyama Rakuen
  • When: Until October 9, 17:30 to 22:30
  • Where: Mifuneyama Rakuen, Takeo City
  • Cost: 1600 yen
Hashigo Sake — Drink at Sake from Different Breweries in Kashima
  • When: October 16:00 to 21:00
  • Where: Downtown Kashima
The DNA of Special Effects — Japan’s Proud History of Kaijuu Characters —
  • When: September 29 to November 5, 9:30 to 18:00, closed Mondays or the Tuesday following a Monday holiday
  • Where: Saga Prefectural Art Museum, Saga City
  • Cost: 1200 yen
Saga Shrine and Matsubara Shrine Autumn Festival: Nippou-san
  • When: October 10 at 16:00, 11 at 10:00 and 16:00, 12 at 10:00
  • Where: Saga and Matsubara Shrines, Saga City
Yutoku Inari Shrine 330th Shikinensai Festival
  • When: October 13 to 15
  • Where: Yutoku Inari Shrine, Kashima
Ogi Nabeshima Clan 400th Anniversary Memorial Exhibit: Founder of the Saga Domain and His Children
  • When: September 14 to November 4, 9:30 to 16:00, closed Sundays and holidays
  • Where: Chokokan, Saga City
  • Cost: 300 yen
Museum Staff Collection Picks Exhibit
  • When: September 28 to October 12, 9:30 to 18:00
  • Where: Saga Prefectural Museum Room 3, Saga City
9th Iga-style Shuriken Throwing Tournament, Kyushu Preliminaries
  • When: Until October 14, 10:00 to 15:00
  • Where: Hizen Yumekaido, Ureshino
  • Cost: 1000 yen to participate, 200 yen for the rule book
  • Details: Limited to 50 participants. To apply, contact the organizers as shown in the grey box at the top of this page. (You can’t use the entry form for Kyushu)
Murata Furyuu Dance
  • When: October 15, 8:00 to 16:30
  • Where: Hachiman Shrine area, Tosu
Tosu Morning Market
  • When: October 15, 9:30 to 12:00
  • Where: Saga Bank Tosu Branch Parking Lot, Tosu
Ouchi Kunchi
  • When: October 20 from 19:00, 21 from 10:40, 22 from 11:00
  • Where: The road in front of Ouchi Citizens Center, Ouchi Town, Karatsu
Kagami Kunchi
  • When: October 21, 13:00 to 16:00, 18:20 to 20:30, October 22, 12:30 to 17:00
  • Where: Kagami Shrine, Karatsu
Grass Skiing World Competition
  • Details: An event to promote grass skiing in Kiyama.
  • When: October 21, 9:00 to 15:00
  • Where: Ki Mountain and Kii Castle ruins, Kiyama
Autumn Brewery Festival
  • When: October 22
  • Where: Hizen Hamashuku Sake Brewery Street, Kashima
Imari Tontenton Festival
  • When: October 27 to 29
  • Where: Downtown Imari
Shichimensou Light-up
  • When: October 28 to November 3, 18:00 to 20:00 (starts and ends 30 minutes early on the 3rd)
  • Where: Higashi Yoka Beach Shichimensou Yard, Saga City
2017 Saga Light Fantasy Opening Event
  • Details: Includes light up ceremony, parade and a street party. Groups of 10 or more can register to participate in the parade as an organization. Info here. There will also likely be a Halloween group open to anyone in Saga again this year, but details have yet to be released.
  • When: October 31 18:00 to 22:00
  • Where: Chuo Dori, Saga City
2017 Saga Light Fantasy
  • When: October 31 to January 8, 18:00 to 22:00
  • Where: Chuo Dori, Saga City

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