Saga Prefecture is located in the northwestern part of Kyushu, the southern part of Japan, 900 kilometers away from Tokyo (about 90 minutes by air). The climate is mild with an average annual temperature of about 16 degrees Celsius. Saga is blessed with rich natural environments and is a very comfortable place to live in. People can enjoy beautiful natural scenery and events throughout the year. Since its earliest times, Saga has enjoyed active exchanges with overseas countries. There are lots of historic sites around the prefecture, such as Yoshinogari Ruins and Nagoya Castle. Above all, Yoshinogari Ruins, which is designated as a special historic site, was one of Japan’s largest moat-encircled villages some 2000 years ago. In particular, Saga is world famous for its ceramics and porcelain in Arita, Karatsu, and Imari. This is one of the results of international exchanges, when ceramic technology was brought to Japan from China and Korea about 400 yeas ago. Today, there are various kinds of international events such as the Saga International Balloon Festival and Kashima Gatalympics. People in Saga are very enthusiastic about international exchange. For more information visit: http://www.pref.saga.lg.jp/web/_7787/en.html
In our Saga University Charter, we aim at being an "Attractive University, Creation Inheritance, Education-Oriented University, Promotion of Research, Contribution to Society, Contribution to the International Society, and Evaluation and Improvement." The University Hospital attached to the Faculty of Medicine has been one of the main medical institutions in Saga since it was opened in 1981. The Hospital is committed to its standards of excellence, standards that have enhanced its reputation. It is devoted to addressing important regional medical issues, provides training for medical professionals, emergency medical service, and medical implementation of the latest technological breakthroughs. Espeially, in orthopaedics, the number of hip replacement arthroplasties is the largest in Japan. Besides, Shigeki Morita, the president of hospital, is the man who succeeded in heart transplantation first in Kyusyu. For more information visit: http://www.saga-u.ac.jp/english/facilities/hospital.html
You’ll get meal at the hospital on weekday. There is a dining room and a convenient store (24 hours open) in the hospital. You can get morning dish and dinner at the host family’s house. And on weekend, we organize some social program. So you can go to many places and have a lunch there with the students.
There are some families that are willing to welcome students from other country in Saga city. So you will be staying at the host family’s house. And they serve morning and dinner every day.
If you arrive at Narita airport, you will have a flight to Fukuoka (90 minutes). And you’ll take a “Nishitetu(
Saga is very traditional town. Yoshinogari Ruins is one of Japan’s largest moat-encircled villages some 2000 years ago. And you can feel Japanese traditions in Arita and Imari which are famous as ceramics and porcelain. Besides, you can see the beautiful beach in Karatsu.