Kito District, the southwestern corner of Saga Prefecture, consists of Takeo, Imari, Kashima, Ureshino, Arita, Omachi, Kohoku, Shiroishi, and Tara. The district has wide open plains surrounded by hills and mountains.
Kito is one of the districts bordering the Ariake Sea, famous for nori and fresh oysters. Takeo, in the center of the district, is known for its hot springs. Kashima is home to one of the most important Shinto shrines in the country, Yutoku Inari. Arita, with its winding streets and charming architecture, is the birthplace of Japanese porcelain.
Major cities outside the district, like Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Sasebo, are readily accessibly by limited express trains.
While Kito District is a quite rural area of an already rural prefecture, its natural beauty, history, and warm people make it a fantastic place to live and explore. Image from Discover Arita.