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Kyushu Travel Guide

Karatsu Shrine

 

The Shrine of Karatsu Kunchi

 

It is a Shinto shrine located about 1 km west of Karatsu Castle and the original shrine was

founded in 755.

In 1819, a man dedicated a beautiful and large papier-mache red lion statue to this shrine.

 

He traveled Ise Shrine, visit Kyoto on the way home, and saw Gion Festival. And he impressed

by the sight of beautiful floats, so he and his friends created such statue.

 

The statue was paraded at the annual festival of this shrine, and it has developed into the

festival “Karatsu Kunchi”.
From November 2nd to 4th, Karatsu Kunchi is held every year.

 


 

General information

Address 3-13 Minami-jonai, Karatsu-city, Saga-prefecture
Access

120 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

 

5 minutes by a vehicle from JR Karatsu station

30 minutes by a vehicle from Yobuko

60 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Takeo-city

50 minutes by a vehicle from Arita

 

100 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city


 

Kagamiyama Mountain

 

Panoramic view of Karatsu Castle, Karatsu bay and Nijino-matsubara

 

The height is 284 metre from sea level and top of the mountain is flat and wide geographical

feature.

 

The area is famous for cherry blossom and azalea flower in spring season.

 

Magnificent and panoramic view of the Karatsu Castle, Karatsu bay and Nijino-matsubara

(Rainbow pine forest) from the observatory on the summit can be enjoyed.

 

 


 

General information

Address Kagamiyama, Karatsu-city, Saga-prefecture
Access

110 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

 

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Karatsu station

40 minutes by a vehicle from Yobuko

70 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Takeo-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Arita

 

100 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city


 

Hado-misaki Cape

 

Lovers’ sanctuary Cape

 

The main attractions of Cape Hado are the heart-shaped monument, underwater observation tower,

and the sunset. It is frequented by young couples who take photos in front of the heart monument,

and also by families who hang out at the wide, beautiful grasslands by the sea.

 

The Cape was used as a Shooting location of Thailand drama.

 


 

General information

Address Yobuko-cho, Karatsu-city, Saga-prefecture
Access

110 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

140 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city


 

Yobuko Asaichi

 

Fishery morning market called Asaichi

 

Asaichi opens from 7:30 to 12:00, every day at just next to Yobuko Port.

The street of 200 m borrowed from the eaves of the shopping street is named “Asaichi Street”.

 

50 to 70 stalls selling fresh vegetables, fish and shellfishes, and fruits line up. Morning market

BBQ is also going on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

 

The place was used as a Shooting location of Thailand drama.

 


 

General information

Address Yobuko-cho, Karatsu-city, Saga-prefecture
Access

90 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

90 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

120 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city


 

Karatsu Castle

 

Karatsu Castle is called Dancing Crane Castle

 

Karatsu Castle was built in 1608. This castle is located facing the sea and is situated

in the northern part of Karatsu City.

 

It resembles the figure of a bird with its wings spread wide as there is a pine grove extending

left to right and because its donjon is thought to look like the head of a crane.

 

In spring, the 500 cherry trees and the Wisteria flowers in Karatsu, designated a product of nature by

the city, are in full bloom.

 

 


 

General information

Address 1-1 Nishi-jonai, Karatsu-city, Saga-prefecture
Access

120 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

 

5 minutes by a vehicle from JR Karatsu station

30 minutes by a vehicle from Yobuko

60 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Takeo-city

50 minutes by a vehicle from Arita

 

100 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

Open hours 9:00 to 17:00
Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed December 29 to 31

 

Yobuko

 

Fishing industry town famous for Squid and Morning Market called Asaichi

 

Yobuko is located northern tip of Saga-prefecture and is facing to Denkai-nada Sea.

 

Famous for fresh Squid, transparent in body and firm in texture. The squid has a sweetness that melt

upon the tangue. In the finely crafted style of sashimi known as Ikezukuri, the flesh of still-living

seafood is served.

 

Fishery Morning Market called Asaichi

Asaichi opens from 7:30 to 12:00, every day at just next to Yobuko Port.

The street of 200 m borrowed from the eaves of the shopping street is named “Asaichi Street”.

A lot of places were as a Shooting location of Thailand drama.

 


 

General information

Address Yobuko-cho, Karatsu-city, Saga-prefecture
Access

90 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

90 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

120 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city


 

 

Karatsu & Yobuko

 

Karatsu and Yobuko, located on the Higashi Matsuura Peninsula in the northwestern

part of Saga-prefecture, have been prosperous from ancient times as an important point for

trade with Mainland China.

Karatsu is a part of Genkai Quasi-National Park, and has many scenic spots.

 


 

Karatsu Castle

Karatsu Castle is called Dancing Crane Castle

The Castle, which stands beside Karatsu Bay, is unusual in that the stonework rises directly

out of the water, using the ocean as a natural moat.


 

Kagamiyama Mountain

Panoramic view of Karatsu Castle, Karatsu bay and Nijino-matsubara (Rainbow pine forest)

The height is 284 metre from sea level and top of the mountain is flat and wide geographical feature.

The area is famous for cherry blossom and azalea flower in spring season.


 

Karatsu Shrine

The Shrine of Karatsu Kunchi.

It is a Shinto shrine located about 1 km west of Karatsu Castle and the original shrine was

founded in 755.

 Karatsu Kunchi is held From November 2nd to 4th every year.


 

Yobuko

Town of Fishing industry, famous for Squid and Morning Market called Asaichi.

Yobuko is located northern tip of Saga-prefecture and is facing to Denkai-nada Sea.

A lot of places were as a Shooting location of Thailand drama.

 

                 Yobuko Port

                  Fresh Squid

                Fresh Squid


 

Yobuko Asaichi

Fishery Morning Market called Asaichi

Asaichi opens from 7:30 to 12:00, every day at just next to Yobuko Port. The street of 200 m

borrowed from the eaves of the shopping street is named “Asaichi Street”.

The place was used as a Shooting location of Thailand drama.

                  Entrance gate

               Shopping street

                Typical shop


 

Hado-misaki Cape

Cape of Lovers’ sanctuary

The main attractions of Cape Hado are the heart-shaped monument, underwater observation

tower, and the sunset. It is frequented by young couples who take photos in front of the

heart monument.

          Hado-misaki beach

             Heart monument

            The north-west end


 

Nagoya Castle Ruins​

The Castle was a castle located in the old Hizen Province of Japan. The historic castle was

the base from which Toyotomi Hideyoshi launched his invasions of Korea.

 

 


 

Yobuko and Genkai Sea from the view of Nagoya Castle Ruins


 

                Location of Karatsu & Yobuko

   

 

 


 

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