Saga is renowned for it’s high quality sake, and to celebrate, the “10,000-Person Toast with Saga Sake” is held every October 1. If you would like to participate, visit a restaurant or follow the SNS (“Telework”) instructions and be ready to toast at 19:00. Toasts must be done with Saga sake. Find more info and a list of participating restaurants here.
Sagan Sake Toast at Holland House
Details: Free sake for foreigners at Holland House. Snacks will also be provided.
When: October 1, 16:30 to 20:00, toast a 19:00 sharp.
Where: Holland House (佐賀銀行旧柳町支店）, Saga City
*Sign-ups* for the Saga Sakura Marathon
Details: Registration starts October 2 at 20:00 and ends October 12 at 23:59. Spots fill up fast, so consider registering as soon as registrations opens! The marathon itself starts at 9:00 on March 24.
Where: Starts at the Saga Prefectural Gymnasium, Saga City
Cost: 9500 for the full marathon or 4000 yen for the fun run, plus a 5.15% processing fee
Online registration must be done through the service RUNNET. Create an account here.
*Sign-ups* for the “Home of Confucius” Trail Run in Taku
Details: Runners must sign-up by October 15. The event itself is held on November 25, with check-in starting at 7:30 and a briefing at 8:30 before the races start. The long course (25 km, 1390 m elevation) starts at 9:00 and the short course (15 km, 790 elevation) starts at 9:30. Registration is limited to 200 long course and 100 short course participants.
Where: Starts at Taku Confucian Temple, Taku
Cost: 5000 yen per registrant, plus a 5% processing fee