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Saga International Balloon Fiesta

Saga International Balloon Fiesta

Held every autumn along the Kase River just outside Saga City, the Saga International Balloon Fiesta brings together hot air balloon enthusiasts from around the world. In 2016, the 22nd FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship took place in Saga for th..

Mifuneyama Garden Autumn Light-Up

Mifuneyama Garden Autumn Light-Up

The Mifuneyama Garden, or Mifuneyama Rakuen, located just outside Takeo Onsen in Saga Prefecture, hosts an annual autumn light-up event to highlight the area's foliage. The event, which generally takes place in the middle two weeks of November,..

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Arita

Arita

One of the things that Saga prefecture is best known for is its pottery, and one of the cities at the heart of Saga's inspired pottery scene is none other than Arita, a small city close to the Nagasaki prefecture border. No trip to the prefecture is complete without a trip to Arita's wor..

Ogi

Ogi

Just a 15 minute train ride from Saga City there is the more rural town of Ogi, getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and into the world of the real Japan. While Ogi is something of a hidden charm there are many reasons why you would want to visit. Firstly, there is Ogi Park. Ogi Pa..

Saga City

Saga City

The capital of the Saga Prefecture may be synonymous with the rice paddies which surround the area, but if you are curious enough to venture to this little metropolitan perhaps on your way from Fukuoka to Nagasaki, you will be delighted with the hidden treasure that you will uncover. Firstly, Saga ..

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Café Notch

Café Notch

Following Route 263 from central Fukuoka City takes you over the mountains to the southwest and brings you to the village of Mitsuse in Saga Prefecture in just half an hour. There, at the forested foot of Mt. Kana, you'll find a log cabin caf&e..

Grazie Gardens, Saga City

Grazie Gardens, Saga City

While Saga has plenty of Japanese style restaurants for everyone to enjoy sometimes when you are living the expat lifestyle you want nothing more than to chow down on some good old home fashion style food, and that’s where the Italian Grazie Ga..

Sushiro Saga

Sushiro Saga

When I first came to Japan I was looking for the same thing every girl living in Japan for the first time is on the hunt for: delicious sushi. TV and the media would lead you to believe that there is sushi popping out of every nook and cranny in Japa..

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Yamanaka Campground in Mitsuse

Yamanaka Campground in Mitsuse

One of the closest campgrounds to Fukuoka City, Yamanaka Campground lies on the south side of the mountains that separate Saga and Fukuoka Prefectures. The site offers an escape from the city of 1.5 million but the short hike from there up Mt. Kana a..

Ochozu Falls Campsite

Ochozu Falls Campsite

Ochozu Falls is the main attraction on this hiking trail just outside of the city of Tosu in Saga Prefecture, an easy but scenic walk through the woods good for a family outing. But if you're looking to spend the day extra leisurely or want to ..

Ryokan Oomuraya, Ureshino Onsen

Ryokan Oomuraya, Ureshino Onsen

I've been traveling through Japan for a month now, and before moving on to Nagasaki Prefecture and then to Okinawa I decided to come back to Ureshino Onsen town. I've been here earlier during my trip; however, I really wanted to enjoy the tra..

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Arita Porcelain Lab

Arita Porcelain Lab

Arita, in Saga Prefecture, is a town known and revered for their pottery - in fact, the region is often known as the birthplace of pottery in Japan. This centuries-old tradition gets a modern spin at Arita Porcelain Lab, with the goal of connecting A..

Karatsu Kunchi Nighttime Parade

Karatsu Kunchi Nighttime Parade

Karatsu Kunchi, a crowd-drawing festival taking place in the city of Karatsu at the beginning of November, is famous for its huge colorful floats in the shape of various creatures, objects and characters, being pulled through city streets by cheerful..

Arita Cafe & Gallery 'Saredo'

Arita Cafe & Gallery 'Saredo'

Getou-an Saredo is a lovely cafe/gallery on Route 281, close to Kami Arita Station. The shop contains a great selection of local pottery, lacquerware, packaged foods, and other handmade products. In the cafe, customers can choose from curry & ric..

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Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKyushu
IslandKyushu
CapitalSaga
Population849,788
Area2440.64 sq. km

The smallest prefecture in Kyushu, Saga is the perfect getaway from the more-populated nearby areas of Fukuoka and Nagasaki.

Travel through time at the Yoshinogari Ruins, while Karatsu Castle and Yutoku Inari Shrine, one of the three largest Inari shrines in Japan, are also places of note.

Saga is also famous for its quirky events; a popular event held in early November (often coinciding with Karatsu Kunchi, another famous festival) is the Saga International Balloon Fiesta, one of the largest hot air balloon competitions in the world. The Kashima "Gatalympics" in May and/or June involve competitions done on mudflats, resulting in pretty much everyone being covered in mud.

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