Welcome to Saga
Saga is richly endowed with nature. The nature of Saga that cannot be found in urban areas will cure you mentally and physically. Two oceans with different expressions, gentle mountains good for hiking, and the vast and fertile plain field that brings rich agricultural products; Saga offers various enjoyments. The nature, culture, history, hot springs, festivals, leisure, shopping, and gourmet, and more than anything else, Saga is a mine of good tasty foods. From sushi and Wagyu beef to healthy local dishes using locally produced ingredients, you will find many "delicious" things in Saga.
Saga is in the northern region of Kyushu located at the south west of Japanese islands. Saga has a boarder with the Sea of Genkai, the beautiful coastline area designated as Genkai Quasi-National Park at the north side, and on its south, there is a fertile plain field that has a boarder with the Sea of Ariake, which is a vast tidal land with the maximum tidal variation of 6m. Saga is a prefecture with relaxed country views where about 800,000 people reside and plentiful in agricultural and fisheries businesses. Saga also offers the globally famous potteries, high-quality foods cultivated in the rich nature, relaxing hot springs, festivals and other historical and traditional cultures and many other attractive things to see.
History and Culture
People started living in Saga from B.C. era as the region was rich with nature and foods, and they exchanged actively with China and Korea. In 17th century, pottery technique was transferred from Korea and developed uniquely in Saga; up to today, highly artistic potteries have been produced. Saga has also been taking an initiative in and acted as a front runner of modernization of Japan by adopting Western science technologies such as iron-making and steam engine at an earlier stage. From the romantic ancient monuments to the foundation of the modern industries, Saga generated various cultures/crafts through its long history. One of the representative items is Arita ware. Products were exported through the Dutch East India Company and ignited Japanism at the Paris Expo in 1867. At the Paris Expo, Arita ware received the "gold prize" and played a part in the boom of Japanism.
The gentle climate of Saga provides a preferable living condition. The large portion of lands is either a plain field or hilly terrain, flowers and trees are seen everywhere, and the annual mean temperature is around 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit) C. Unlike other Japanese regions, Saga has less volcano and earthquake.
How to get to Saga
From Shanghai: 3 weekly flights (1 hour 40 min.)
From Seoul: 3 weekly flights (1 hour 20 min.)
From Tokyo/Haneda: 5 daily flights (2 hrs)
From Tokyo/Narita: one daily flight (2 hrs)
Other Air Routes (via Fukuoka Airport)
Fukuoka airport has many flights from domestic and international cities including major Asian airports and Amsterdam.
From the airport to Saga, there is direct coach service and you may take train via Hakata station.
From Hakata (Fukuoka): frequent express train service (45 min)
From Shin-Osaka: Bullet train service (3 hrs) to Shin-Tosu
From Fukuoka Airport and Fukuoka Tenjin Bus Centre: frequent coach service (70 min.)
I introduce an animation and collaboration, the introduction animation by citizens of Saga.