Relaxed living environment
Saga Prefecture offers a good combination of systems for child-raising, education and health care. The comfortable living environment has already been proven by companies that have established entities in Saga Prefecture.
Saga Prefectures offers you an affluent lifestyle to meet your tastes.
Comfortable environment for child-raising
The Child-raising Kingdom "Saga" Project promotes various programs to attract people to raise children in the Prefecture. The rate of extended childcare at nursery school is ranked first in Japan, and the number of child on the waiting list for admission to nursery schools is almost zero. It also offers various childcare services during after-school hours of elementary schools. Saga offers various services to create a friendly environment for parents to work and raise children.
Saga Prefecture is ranked third in the ratio of the child population (in 2014), and ranked highest in the birth rate of third children.
Ratio of child population (0-14 years old)
|1st: Okinawa||2nd: Shiga||3rd: Saga||4th: Aichi||5th: Miyazaki|
Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Bureau of Statistics, Population Estimates (October 1, 2015)
Promotion of ICT education
* Ratio of schools with an electric whiteboards (March 1, 2015)
Source: Ministry of Education、Culture、Sports、Science and Technology
Saga, as an advanced ITC education prefecture, has put in place electric whiteboards and established networks at all public schools, and prepared students' computers at prefectural junior high schools and special needs schools in fiscal 2013. It also introduced students' tablets at all the prefectural high schools for students who are enrolled in 2015 and onward, to promote education using ICT.
Excellent health care
The health care system is an essential factor for living a comfortable life.
Saga Prefecture is ranked fifth for the number of general hospitals (in 2015) and first for the number of pharmacies (in 2015) per 100,000 people. Emergency medical care information system using iPads has started in Saga Prefecture, and has now spread to other prefectures.
You can feel close to medical care in Saga Prefecture.
Number of general hospitals for every 100,000 people
Source: Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Survey of Medical Institutions (October, 2015)
Number of pharmaciies for every 100,000 people
Source: Ministry of Health, Report on Public Health Administration and Services (2015)
Saga Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator in Tosu SAGA HIMAT
Today, one in two Japanese is said to develop cancer, and one in three Japanese die of cancer. Saga has a Heavy Ion Medical Accelerator called "SAGA HIMAT" facility, whereby patients can receive the latest cancer treatment. At the facility, cancer is treated without using surgery by the latest technologies that impose less stress on the body.
Comprehensive evaluation of the livability of Saga
- Source: Toyo Keizai Inc.
- Source: Hosei University (2011)
Holiday in Saga to match your lifestyle
Saga offers a variety of ways to spend your holidays.
With about 20 golf courses in the Prefecture, you can enjoy many different types of courses. You can also enjoy fishing, surfing, and yachting in the sea, as well as mountain climbing and trekking (the "Olle" course), and even skiing in the mountains.
You can enjoy hot springs of various spring types all over the Prefecture, shopping at outlet malls, and sightseeing and shopping outside the Prefecture, making use of good access to various cities in Kyushu.
You must not miss "Saga Sake," represented by "Nabeshima," which won the "Champion Sake" award at IWC2011, Saga Beef which has the highest-class meat quality in the country, Yobuko live squid, and Saga seaweed which boasts the highest production volume in Japan. You can also enjoy so-called "Class B gourmet" dishes including "Sicilian Rice," "Majenba" and "Taromen."
How to enjoy Saga
Spend every season actively
Enjoy golf in spring. There are 20 golf courses for you to try out. Horseback riding is also on offer.
Enjoy yachting and diving in summer. Fishing is popular too, but beka squid scooping in the Sea of Ariake can only be enjoyed during summer.
Autumn is a good season for mountain climbing while watching the autumn leaves and trekking, including the famous "Kyushu Olle" course. You may see balloons floating in the sky in the early morning.
In winter, try skiing in Kyushu. Ski resorts can be reached in 45-minutes' drive from downtown Saga, perfect for nighttime skiing after a day of work. Relax in a hot spring after skiing.
The Saga style
Saga is full of hot springs, so have your own towel ready in the car.
If you are in Saga, you ought to make a toast with sake. (The "Ordinance to make a toast with sake in Saga Prefecture" was enacted in 2013.)
Local people in Saga Prefecture grow up surrounded by high quality Aritayaki porcelain with a 400-year history, as well as Karatsu pottery which is one of the top three types of pottery in Japan. If you find a pottery work to your liking, check the inscription on the bottom of the item.
You can find all you need in Saga Prefecture, but you can also easily visit neighboring prefectures (approx. 35 minutes by JR train from Saga to Fukuoka).
There are many other ways to enjoy the Saga style.
Enjoy your day in Saga where you can experience local history and culture, and the best people and goods, with "Saga style."