Held every autumn along the Kase River just outside Saga City, the Saga International Balloon Fiesta brings together hot air balloon enthusiasts from around the world.
Additionally, the Balloon Fantasia segment sees unique balloon designs take part – with many popular characters making an appearance in giant balloon format! Expect to see Doraemon among many other popular cartoon characters!
In 2016, the 22nd FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship took place in Saga for the duration of the main festival, with top-ranked competitors from around the world descending on Saga looking to impress visitors with their flying skills. 2016 was the region's 3rd World Championship, after hosting the international competition in 1989 and 1997. Saga's event also commands the most number of balloons in all of Asia, making it a grand spectacle for all who make a visit.