The Sights of Karatsu


The Saga Pref. Space & Science Museum

There is a planetarium and an astronomical observatory.
They have stargazing parties. It takes 50 mins by car from our hotel.
*It is closed until the middle of April 2015 due to seismic retrofit and renewal.



A pine grove on the coast of Karatsu Bay in Karaatsu City, Saga.
This is one of the three greatest pine groves in Japan and designated as a national scenic spot.

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Houtou Jinja Shrine

Since “Houtou”, literally means “Win a treasure”, many people visit there to prey for wining a lottery. TV programs and magazines have featured people who won a lottery after visiting this shrine and it became famous. Nowadays, two hundred thousand people visit there a year.  


Former Takatori Residence

It used to be owned by Koreyoshi Takatori (1850 – 1927) who was a coal-mining magnate. It is along the coast in Kitajonai, Karatsu. Many architects and the Agency for Cultural Affairs appreciate it and it was nationally designated important cultural asset in December 1998. You can see the Noh stage, openwork panels with relief works and cutouts, painted sugi-board doors, plastered ceilings in the restored western style rooms etc. You should enjoy modern Japanese architecture.

    Admission fee

  • Adult (15+) 510 yen
  • Children (4+) 250 yen

Karatsu Castle

It’s also known as “Maizuru Castle”.
It didn’t have a castle tower when it was built, but they made it as a tourist development in 1966.
In the castle tower, it’s a local history museum that you can see some Karatsu Clan’s materials and Karatsu wares.
You can also enjoy great views of Genkai Sea, Niji-no-Matsubara, River Matsuura and a castle town Karatsu from the observatory.

    Admission fee

  • Adult (15+) 410 yen
  • Children (4+) 200 yen

Nagoya Castle

This castle was a base from which Toyotomi Hideyoshi launched his invasions of Korea.
It had been a base for seven years until Hideyoshi’s death from the start of the war in 1592.
The castle is about 17 hectares that was the biggest castle after Osaka Castle in Japan then.
There were over 130 Daimyos’ camps around the castle and over two hundred thousand people gathered there.
This castle and 23 of the camps had designated as special historic sites.




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