Saga International Balloon Fiesta [Cancelled]

Watch the most number of balloons in Asia appear by the Kase Riverside

Late Oct
Early Nov
Venue: Kase Riverside When: Late Oct - Early Nov 2020
Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be updated once the official date(s) are announced by the event organizers. Please check the official event site for the latest info.

Cancelled event

It has been reported this event is cancelled for the current year — please check the official site for more details.

Last updated: Jul 15, 2020

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.

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.

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!

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Kerstin Yamane 2 months ago
Looks really great! I hope I can go there this year.
Chris a year ago
This looks awesome! I wish they could do this in other prefectures as well.
Kim B a year ago
This looks amazing! I was just in Saga Prefecture recently and really enjoyed it - wish I could be there for this, too!
Sleiman Azizi a year ago
That would be a most interesting spectacle.