Karatsu & Yobuko travel guide
Karatsu and Yobuko, located on the Higashi Matsuura Pe ninsula in the north-western 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
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.
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.
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.
Town of Fishing industry, famous for Squid and Morning Market called Asaichi. Yobuko is
located northern tip of Saga-prefecture and is facing to Genkai-nada Sea. A lot of places
were as a Shooting location of Thailand drama.
Fishery Morning Market called Asaichi and 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.
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.
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