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Saga (prefecture)

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Saga (prefecture)
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Quick Facts
Capital Saga
Government Japanese Prefecture
Currency Japanese Yen (¥)
Area 2,439.58 km2
Population 839,458(2013 est)
Language Japanese(No official language)
Religion n/a
Electricity 100V/50 or 60Hz (U.S. plug, commonly 2-prong without ground)
Time Zone UTC +9(No DST)

Saga (佐賀) is a small and rustic prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. It is famous for pottery, hot springs, and pre-historic village ruins.


Ten cities are located in Saga Prefecture:

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Saga can be accessed by the Kyushu shinkansen by taking it up to Shin-Tosu Station, and then transferring to a limited express or local train. Limited express trains also go through it from Nagasaki and Fukuoka.

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You can look at Yoshinogari Historial Park (吉野ヶ里歴史公園) from a train going to Nagasaki from Hakata. Remains of an ancient ringed-dugout settlement, dating back to the 3rd century B.C., Yoshinogari North Tomb, displays the mystery of ancient age. The Yoshinogari Remains lie on the spacious hilly area over Kanzaki City and Yoshinogari-cho of Kanzaki-gun in the northeastern part of Saga. Excavations are still underway at the site. They are among the largest archeological remains in Japan. Yoshinogari is located in the northern part of Saga Prefecture. It is about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) north of Saga City and about 30 kilometers (19 mi) south of Fukuoka.

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  • Takeo is far less known than other places in Kyushu, but it is another popular hot spring resort area that is far less crowded, as well as having some very good places for natural beauty.


  • Saga International Balloon Fiesta is held at the beginning of November every year just outside of Saga City along the Kase River. This is a very popular event and attracts competitors from all over the world.
  • Karatsu Kunchi is held at the beginning of November in Karatsu City. This is Saga's most famous festival and attracts around 1 million visitors every year.
  • Kashima Gatalympics is held every May in a small town called Hama, near Kashima City. This event involves playing a variety of sports in the mudflats of the Ariake Sea.
  • Imari Ton-Ten-Ton Festival is held for 3 days every year near the end of October. Located in Imari City, the festival is one of the three great fighting festivals in Japan. In the festival a crashing battle takes place between the two huge portable shrines, the Ara-mikoshi and the Danjiri. The name "Ton-Ten-Ton" represents the sound of drums used in the festival.

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  • Tosu Premium Outlets is a popular shopping center with numerous famous brand stores and many shoppers from the region as well as East Asia flock to looking for new clothes, accessories, etc.

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