Saga-city travel guide
Saga-city in Kyushu is the seat of the Saga-prefectural government. It faces the Ariake
Sea on the south and is home to Saga Airport. In the center of the city is the Saga
Castle History Museum, which also serves as the city’s symbol. The castle itself is
no longer standing, but the main keep has been reconstructed, resulting in one of the largest
wooden structures in Japan. Saga is also known as the place where it has made a great
contribution to the Japanese Industrial Revolution.
Japan’s Industrial Modernization activity was started here in Saga. The largest restored wooden
building in Japan at 2,500m2, the museum offers the unparalleled chance to experience a Japanese
castle from more than 175 years ago.
The shrine is designated as the special government shrine. The shrine dedicated to Naomasa
Nabeshima, who oversaw the manufacture of Japan’s first modern Cannon.
Mietsu Naval Dock UNESCO World Heritage
UNESCO World Heritage, Site of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution. Before Meiji Restoration,
the Mietsu Naval Dock served as a venue for naval drilling and maintenance of Western-style ship,
as the naval base of Saga Clan. Japan’s first practical steam ship, the Ryofu-maru was constructed
there in 1865.
This is the Japan’s first constructed Reflectance Furnace and it was used for Japan’s first
Cannon manufacturing. The reflectance furnace was greatly contributed for initial stage of
Japan’s Industrial Modernization.
The largest archeological remains in Japan. Lie on the spacious hilly area in the north-eastern
part of Saga. Remains of a ringed-dugout settlement presumably dating back to the 3rd century
B.C. were unearthed there, and excavation is still underway at the site.
Saga International Balloon Fiesta
The largest hot air balloon competition in all of Asia with over 100 participating balloon teams
from all over the world.
Location of Saga-city
|Address||City hall : 1-1 Sakai-machi, Saga-city, Saga-prefecture|
50 minutes by a vehicle from Takeo
60 minutes by a vehicle from Arita
60 minutes by a vehicle from Karatsu
90 minutes by a vehicle from Yobuko
70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city
90 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city
|Population||234,000 Population density 540|