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Saga (佐賀) [1] is the eponymous capital of Saga prefecture on the Japanese island of Kyushu.

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Saga Airport is small but has daily flights to Tokyo (Haneda) and Osaka (Itami). Starting from July 2012 it also has flights to Shanghai (Pudong) every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. From the city it takes about 30mins by bus and costs 600 Yen.

Buses also connect Fukuoka Airport to Saga (70 minutes, ¥1000). This option to travel via Fukuoka is much more practical unless you need to use Saga Airport (flying in directly from Shanghai is going to be cheaper, but also less comfortable, than via Fukuoka due to the low-cost nature of the operating carrier).

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Saga is a stop on the JR Nagasaki Line.

Limited express train services run from Hakata station in Fukuoka twice each hour (usually :02 and :22 past the hour), including the Kamome and Midori train services. Trains run directly to Saga in about 40 minutes at a cost of ¥2300. It is best to get the Return Ticket, as it costs the same amount but you save yourself the trouble of having to purchase another ticket to get back to Fukuoka. Even if it is unused, it doesn't hurt to get it as it doesn't cost you any extra.

Local trains from Hakata cost only ¥1080, but you will have to change trains in Tosu and the travel time will be about 75 minutes or more, depending on the timing of the connection.

From Nagasaki to Saga it takes 75-90 minutes on the limited express (¥3740), or about 2 1/2 hours on the local service (¥2070). From Sasebo it is about 65 minutes by limited express (¥2470) or about 100 minutes by local (¥1250).

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The ruins of Saga Castle are free to enter. (150 yen bus ride from Saga Station.) There is nothing left there, but various history museums were built on the grounds.

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  • Take a bike ride on the converted ruins of the JR Saga Line (佐賀線跡). Bikes can be rented conveniently close to Saga Station. You may need a map to get your way to the entrance of the bike trail, but after that it's a quiet ride southeast under sakura trees, past the remains of old train stations, that leads you straight to Saga's arguably most famous structure: the Chikugo River Lift Bridge.
  • Visit the Yoshinogari site

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  • Cron, Saga City-Aikei machi (a 5-10 minute walk from the station). 7PM-late. A cool little sports bar run by a guy called Yuji. Premier League and Champions League are on the big screens. English is spoken, and there is often a foreign presence there. Beer is cheap and the atmosphere is good. 450y a beer.  edit

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Shanghai is fairly cheap to get to if you can make it to one of the three weekly flights (and have the necessary paperwork).


Routes through Saga
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