Color, Craft and Culture
A small region with a large cultural impact, Saga is rich in history, craft, and food. Saga welcomes you with color: the glowing pinks of the sun setting on terraced rice fields, a rainbow of hot air ballons in the dawn sky, the painterly gardens of Mifuneyama Rakuen, the bold greens of tea fields and the elegant blue and white of Imari and Arita pottery.
Saga is less than 2 hours from Tokyo by air, just over 3 hours from Osaka by shinkansen and around 40 minutes by train from Fukuoka, making it a convenient destination in itself, or part of a longer itinerary around Kyushu.
Within Japan, there are direct flights from both Haneda and Narita airports in Tokyo to Saga. From overseas, you can fly directly from Seoul and Shanghai. Another easy option is to fly into Fukuoka, then take an express train. There are buses from Kyushu-Saga International Airport to Saga Station Bus Center. Rental car is another easy option from the airport, if you plan to explore the region by car.
Saga is a compact area, so you can reach most of the popular hot springs and sightseeing areas by train and bus.
Most cities in Saga are connected by JR trains. The porcelain towns of Imari and Arita are connected by the Matsuura Railway.
The city of Saga has an extensive bus network. You can pay fares in cash or with an IC card. Although most destinations are not in English, you can use Google Maps or the free Saga Travel Support App to help you navigate.