Saga is the capital city of Saga Prefecture located on the island of Kyushu,Japan. Saga was the capital of Saga Domain in the Edo period and largest city of former Hizen Province. As of February 28, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 234,453 and a population density of 543 persons per km². The total area is 431.84km². On October 1, 2005, Saga absorbed the towns of Fuji Morodomi and Yamato(all from Saga District and the village of Mitsuse (from) to create the new and expanded city of Saga. With this creation, the city now neighbours the city of Fukuoka (in Fukuoka Prefecture). On October 1, 2007, the towns of Higashiyoka Kawasoe, and Kubota (all from Saga District) were also incorporated into Saga, further expanding its borders. Although Saga is the capital of Saga Prefecture, it can also be said to be within the Greater Fukuoka metropolitan area, and by extension,Fukuoka-Kitakyushu Metropolitan Area.
1. Kyushu Saga International Airport
Saga Airport is an airport in the Kawasoe area of Saga Saga Prefecture Japan. It also uses the unofficial nameKyushu Saga International Airport. Saga Airport is located on the edge of the Ariake Sea, in what could best be described as a reclaimed udflat, 35 minutes from JR Saga Station by bus. Saga was a candidate destination to receive an additional pair of Haneda Airport slots in November 2013, but its bid was rejected by the government due to its existing four-daily service and its proximity to Fukuoka Airport. The airport adopted the name "Kyushu Saga International Airport" in January 2016 to improve its appeal to foreign airlines, particularly Asian low-cost carriers, as a gateway to other destinations in Kyushu. The prefectural government's 10-year plan calls for adding flights to Hong Kong, Taipei and Southeast Asia, doubling the terminal capacity to two domestic and two international gates, increasing parking and check-in space, and potentially extending the main runway to 2,500 m.
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The best time of year to visit Saga Prefecture is either from October to November or in April or May. At this time theweatheris pleasant and cool with less chance of rain.
1. Yoshinogari - Yoshinogariis the name of a large and complex Yayoi archaeological site Yoshinogari,Kanzaki in Saga Prefecture, Kyūshū Japan. According to the Yayoi chronology established by pottery seriations in the 20th century, Yoshinogari dates to between the 3rd century BC and the 3rd century AD. However, recent attempts to use absolute dating methods such as AMS radiocarbon dating have shown that the earliest Yayoi component of Yoshinogari dates to before 400 BC.
2. Chikugo River Lift Bridge - The Chikugo River Lift Bridge is a vertical lift railway bridge across the Chikugo River, Kyūshū, Japan. It was completed in 1935. The bridge has a total length of 507.2 metres (1,664ft), with a moveable span of 24.2 metres (79ft) long and a vertical rise of 23 metres (75ft). It links Ōkawa, Fukuoka, Morodomi, Saga and used to be part of the Saga Railway Line. When that line ceased operation in 1987 the bridge was closed to traffic. In 1996 it was reopened for pedestrians in response to requests from the public. A precision miniature model of the bridge, which describes its structure, was exhibited at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (1937). Today this model is on display at the Railway Museum (Saitama). The bridge was designated an Important Cultural Property in 2003, and in 2007 it was included in theMechanical Engineering Heritage as item No.23.
3. Kunenan - Kunenan (nine-year hermitage), a national scenic beauty spot, is famous for its beautiful autumn leaves. It used to be the retreat of a successful Saga businessman Itami Yataro. The name is derived from the fact that its construction took nine years beginning 1900 (33rd year of the Meiji Era) under the guidance of Hotori, a priest of Zen Buddhism. Azaleas and maple trees are planted around the Sukiya-style residence (traditional tea house architecture). The garden uses a Japanese traditional gardening method Shakkei (Borrowed scenery) incorporating background landscape into the composition of a garden, in this case, the Chikushi Plain. Naturally growing trees and moss, which are found throughout the garden, create a quaint and elegant atmosphere. It is open to the public for only nine days in the middle of November every year, which is the best season for autumn leaves. Today, Kunenan is owned by the Saga Prefectural Government.