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Regional Information Saga
Saga Prefecture, the best place for BCP
Your Regional Guide : Tomokazu Nozaki
1-1-59 Jonai, Saga-city, Saga Prefecture 840-8570
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The information below is as of November 2017.
Saga Prefecture is located in the northwestern part of Kyushu, occupying a key hub where many expressways and railroads serving Kyushu intersect, providing superior convenience. Saga has Tosu Junction, which is the intersection point for the expressways serving Kyushu, enabling the Chugoku region of Japan to be reached from all parts of Kyushu within three hours. For railroads, Shin-Tosu Station was newly built (100 trains for both directions per day) in the Kagoshima route of the Kyushu Shinkansen. Access to Fukuoka Airport, Nagasaki Airport, and Ariake Saga Airport is short and easy. These three airports can be selected according to the business needs.
The location of Saga, which provides a wide range of options for land, railroad, and air transportation in Kyushu, is best suited for business expansion targeting both Japan and overseas markets.
Saga has Tosu Junction which is the intersection point for expressways serving Kyushu, with the Kyushu Expressway cutting across Kyushu from north to south and the Nagasaki-Oita Expressway running from east to west. This provides superior convenience and also enables the Chugoku region of Japan to be reached from all parts of Kyushu within three hours (from Tosu City: 25 minutes to Fukuoka, 75 minutes to Nagasaki, two hours and 50 minutes to Kagoshima, three hours and 40 minutes to Hiroshima).
In addition, construction is progressing rapidly on the Western Kyushu Expressway, which will link the northwestern part of Saga Prefecture with Fukuoka City. Efforts are underway to build central transportation facilities for Kyushu in the future.
Kyushu Saga International Airport has domestic flights to Tokyo; 5 flights to Haneda Airport, and 2 flights to Narita Airport. For international flights, it has 3 round trips per week to Shanghai and 7 round trips per week to Seoul. Free car parking spaces for 1,000 cars are available.
Because of its convenient location being the key hub for Kyushu's transportation network, access to Fukuoka Airport and Nagasaki Airport is also short and easy (travel time: approximately 30 minutes to one hour and a half by car from anywhere in the prefecture). Depending on the business needs, travelers can access domestic and overseas destinations by choosing from among these three airports.
Saga has two ports: Imari Port International Container Terminal and Karatsu International Port. Both ports are operated around the clock, providing cargo handling and other port services.
Imari Port was designated as the “Base Port on the Sea of Japan (international offshore container)” and Karatsu Port was designated as the “Candidate Port for the Base Port” in November 2011.
Imari Port International Container Terminal has scheduled ship routes to Korea (Busan) and China (Hong Kong, Dalian, Qingdao, etc.), enabling business expansion targeting East Asian countries such as China.
As the base location for railroad transportation, Saga Prefecture has Tosu Freight Terminal, providing direct transportation to Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka (Tokyo: 21 hours and 01 minutes, Nagoya: 17 hours and 36 minutes, Osaka: 11 hours and 26 minutes). It is located close to the Tosu Junction of the expressways. It takes ten minutes by car using expressways to reach the freight terminal from Tosu. This makes for the most suitable environment for logistics that jointly use expressways for transportation.
With the opening of the full Kagoshima route of the Kyushu Shinkansen, Shin-Tosu Station was newly built (approximately 100 trains for both directions per day). Together with the conventional train lines available, all parts in Kyushu can be accessed easily. Approximately 600 park-and-ride lots are maintained near the station.