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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 travelled 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

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


 - Karatsu & Yobuko travel guide