Saga International Balloon Festival

saga international balloon festival

Hello world! It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to introduce about Saga International Balloon Festival.

Saga International Balloon Festival

There is a day that numbers of visitors in Saga exceeds the number of its own population. That’s the annual Saga International Balloon  Festival! It is said that 800,000 people gather during the event. The crowd was a lot bigger than we expected!

Character Balloons

Familiar characters are printed on those balloons. You can get closer during specific time (check out the schedule).

Balloon Competition

Participants compete score by throwing a bag of sand called marker at the target on the ground. The view of all the balloons are in the sky is quite something huh?

Light Up

Performance along with music is remarkably amazing. Some fireworks await at climax as well. MC was a little noisy though. Keep in mind that drones are not allowed during this event.

Let’s call it a day.

Information

https://sibf.jp/en/

Lastly

How do you find it? Saga City is a bit far from other cities but it was totally worth a visit. Hope you will have a chance to witness it.

See you around!

Popular Places to Visit in Nagasaki City

Places to Visit in Nagasaki City

Hi there.  it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to share places to visit in Nagasaki City this time.

Places to Visit in Nagasaki City

Nagasaki has quite bit of history where had been open to other countries during the period of isolatio an of Japan and so foreign cultures were brought and blended in from here. There are a bunch of places to visit but these below are especially popular for tourists.

Glover Garden

Where a Scottish merchant Thomas Glover lived in and his garden are now one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Nagasaki.

Places to Visit in Nagasaki City

Oura Cathedral

Supposedly the oldest church in Japan built in 1865. it has been more like a sightseeing spot, it takes admission fee which includes entrance of the Christian museum.

Places to Visit in Nagasaki City

Night View from Mt. Inasayama

Can’t miss one of the best night views just like one in  Hakodate (Hokkaido). It is just awesome. Unbelievably, it’s admission free.

Places to Visit in Nagasaki City

Dutch Slope

A bunch of cool houses stand on such a slope. Looks nice with a view of Nagasaki City.

Places to Visit in Nagasaki City

Gunkanjima (Hashima)

It was sort of gold rush back in time and now the entire island is a ghost town. We can explore it by a boat tour.

Places to Visit in Nagasaki City

Meganebashi Bridge

One of symbols of Nagasaki City. Easy access (in central).

Places to Visit in Nagasaki City

Shinchi Chinatown

It is not as big as ones in Kobe or Yokohama but once you step in, you are in a little China.

Places to Visit in Nagasaki City

Dejima

Used to be a small island as a gateway for foreign cultures entering into Japan but is now connected to  mainland. Buildings are preserved, reconstructed and open for visitors.

Peace Park

The 9.7-meter-high-symbolic statue stands and wishes world peace.

Places to Visit in Nagasaki City

Lastly

How do you find it? Come visit Nagasaki while in Japan. It’s totally worth it.

See you around!