Spots in Karatsu / Yobuko Area

  • Hoto-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    111 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Takashima 523
    Visited by great throngs of people seeking luck due to this Shinto shrine’s name, which means “to strike upon treasure,” the numerous winners of large lottery prizes who attribute their good fortune to the shrine has resulted in it become famous almost overnight as the “lottery-winning shrine.” Today, the shrine is visited by some 200 thousand people annually. A reservation is required to engage in go-kitou (a prayer ceremony). The shrine’s Hitto-mamori (which provides luck with winning in games of chance and other situations) and other charms are also popular souvenirs.

    高島へ渡る為に唐津城近くの城下桟橋へ。本来は定期連絡船に乗って高島に渡る予定だったが、既に出港済で次に来るのが随分時間がかかるので海上タクシーを利用する事に。Webで高島へ渡っている人の情報を見ると大半が行きは海上タクシーで帰りは定期連絡船という。小型漁船であろう海上タクシーに乗船していざ高島へ。料金は大人1人500円。 参拝は先に高島の守護神が祀られている塩屋神社に参拝後、宝当神社に参拝をおス...

  • The Former Takatori Residence
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    4.5
    125 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kitajounai 5-40
    This is the mansion built as a home and for welcoming guests by the coal mine (including Kishima Coal Mine) baron, Koreyoshi Takatori. There are two large buildings on a vast plot of land of about 7613 square meters. It has modern Japanese-style building architecture with a combination of Western style rooms while also still having Japanese style as a keynote. A must-see is the reception hall for the Noh stage and 72 “Sugido-e” (painting on cedar-board doors) paintings by the painter of the Kyoto Shijyo Faction, Koho Mizuno. You can have a good tour of the mansion as there are also always tour guides stationed here. In 1998, it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.

    It is a former residence of Takatori family, a very wealthy family, which had coal mines. As this house was gradually expanded, you can see different styles in one house. There is even a room for No...

  • Yoyokaku Gallery
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    4.5
    92 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Higashikaratsu 2-4-40
    A pottery gallery located inside the Yoyokaku ryokan inn in 2-Chome Higashi karatsu, Karatsu City. Pieces crafted by the Ryutagama pottery studio in Mirukashi, Karatsu City are displayed in the gallery. The gallery has three exhibition rooms, and, in addition to works by studio head Takashi Nakazato and his eldest son Taki, the gallery also displays pieces from Nakazato's second daughter Hanako Nakazato's studio monohanako.

    We stayed here for one night before leaving Kyushu. This traditional ryokan has been serving travelers for more than 130 years and currently managed by fourth generation owners Mr and Mrs Okachi...

  • Genkai Marine Park
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Chinzeimachihado 1628-1
    This observation tower is in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture. The only under-sea observation point in the Sea of Japan, the 24 underwater windows offer a view seven meters below sea level, allowing observation of around thirty different sea creatures in their natural environment. In addition, the confluence of the Japan Current with the Tsushima Current allows glimpses of tropical fish, and the above-water deck offers views of islands in the Genkai Sea in three directions.

    It is a natural aquarium at Hodo Misaki. There is a tower-like construction in water and when you go down by steps, you can watch fish through transparent glasses. It is particularly recommendable...

  • Karatsu Castle (Maizuru-jo “Dancing Crane Castle”)
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Higashijounai 8-1
    This is a castle which could also be called a symbol of Karatsu, located in the northern part of Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture. Terazawa Hirotaka, a retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, spent seven years to build this castle. The inner citadel sits on Mt. Mitsushima which projects out into Karatsu Bay, while the outer citadel is on the west bank and the third citadel leads to a renkaku style flatland mountain castle. The inner citadel has now been turned into Maizuru Park, and also you can see the superb views of Matsuura Bay from that observation point, the current castle keep which was completed in 1966.
  • Underwater Restaurant Manbo
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochoutononoura 1944-1
    Located along the Yobuko coast, this is Japan’s first restaurant in the sea. In the center is a huge fish preserve connected to the sea, creating an aquarium-like atmosphere. The underwater table and tatami-room seats allow one to watch the fish in close proximity, and in the tatami hall above one can look out over the Yobuko mountains and Yobuko Ohashi bridge in a preeminent location while tasting fish cuisine of unparalleled freshness. At the front they sell souvenirs including the famous squid steamed dumpling.

    If you are like me, and have gotten over any squeamishness, MAN, this is GREAT! I imagine to the initiated, squid is no problem, but I do remember my wide-eye self 24 years ago, I used to eat this...

  • Roadside Station Momoyama Tenkaichi
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    3.5
    35 Reviews
    Transportation
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Chinzeimachinagoya 1859
    "A roadside station situated along National Route 204 in Nagoya Chinzei-machi, Karatsu City. The station sells fresh, local agricultural products; seafood; and local Karatsu specialty products. The station's Japanese restaurant, ""Momoyamatei Kaishu"", serves squid ikizukuri, a local Yobuko specialty; and seafood rice bowls and set meals made with edible wild plants, Saga beef and seafood from the Genkai Sea, plus sashimi assortments."

    It is a Michinoeki near Nagoya Castle’s ruins. The naming is unique, and so I visited for waiting time for a bus. There is a section for local products, and behind it there is another section for...

  • Karatsu City Furusato Kaikan Arpino
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Shinkoumachi 2881-1
    A local specialty products hall located close to Karatsu Station in Shinko-machi, Karatsu City. Here visitors can purchase famous Karatsu sweets like Shoro Manju buns; nori seaweed and other marine products from the Ariake Sea; Karatsu tea; processed agricultural products like yuzu pepper made with Kyuragi's specialty yuzu fruit; and other local specialty products and crafts. On the second floor, visitors will find a Karatsu ware display space and shop which also has a corner where you can try painting your own Karatsu ware piece.

    Bel centro storico arroccato su un colle con uno spuntone che guarda ad ovest verso il fiume.. bella da vedere e,da vivere!

  • Yobuko Morning Market
    Shopping
    Yobuko cho Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture
    One of Japan’s three largest morning markets, Yobuko operates 364 days a year (only closing on New Year’s Day). Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., on weekdays some 40 stands operate and 60 on weekends and holidays. The market is particularly famous for its squid ikizukuri sashimi, made with a variety of squid throughout the year. In addition to the squid, visitors are encouraged to try the mackerel ikizukuri, which is fast becoming a new specialty for the market. Take the Showa Bus bound for Yobuko at Oteguchi Bus Center in front of JR Karatsu Station and get off at the Yobuko stop; the market is just a three-minute walk from there. 30 minutes by car.
  • Karatsu Burger Matsubara Main Shop
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Shopping
    Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture Rainbow Matsubara
    A local burger sold at the Nijinomatsubara parking area in Karatsu City. People love these hearty burgers slathered in a distinctive sweet sauce and sandwiched between a crisply toasted bun. The burgers are fresh-made inside a mobile kitchen car and brought to your vehicle or nearby bench when your order is cooked.

    It is walking distance from Seaside Hotel, walking along the old pine tree street. There is a walking pass (you will find the pass once you get in), so follow it and you will find the van making and...

  • Manbo (Morning Market Street Shop)
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Shopping
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochouyobuko 4185-11
    A shop located in Yobuko, Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City which sells squid shumai steamed dumplings, a Yobuko specialty. In addition to light and airy squid shumai made with the tender upper body of the squid, the shop also sells squid manju steamed buns, squid tentacle tempura, and more. The shop's main location in Tononoura Yobuko-cho is famous for having invented squid shumai.

    呼子の港で朝市があった!朝からたくさんの人がいるが、せっかく呼びまで来たのだから港から下ろしたてのイカを食べられて満足!

  • Kagamiyama Onsen Chaya Bijin no Yu
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kagami 4733
    "A hot spring bathhouse situated along the Karatsu Bypass in Kagami, Karatsu City. The facility's outdoor bath, indoor bath area, barrel bath, private reservable bath, and other baths are constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style from a source spring welling up 1,600 meters underground. Containing an abundance of iron and radon, the waters of this spring are said to have a powerful skin beautifying effect. The bathhouse also has a teahouse where visitors can enjoy meals created based on the concept of local production for local consumption, and a shop selling local specialty products from Karatsu and the surrounding area."

    Honestly, we visited this restaurant because we just want to try the same Yuris most favorite katsudon in the series. At first, Im surprised by the hospitality of the staffs. We arrived around 4...

  • Tashima-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Karatsu-shi Yobukocho Kabeshima 3956
    An old Shinto shrine in a small port town dedicated to a guardian deity of the sea. It is the only major shrine among the four Shikinai shrines in Hizen. Located on the coast and well preserved, the approximately 35,600 square meter natural evergreen broad-leaf forest there is a valuable botanical resource with outstanding plant life. In the grove behind the main shrine, there is a place that's thought to be a ceremony site (festival ground) with three large standing stones and two flat stones, as well as a boulder that's today called the Taiko Prayer Stone.

    加部島にある田島神社へ。田島神社は佐賀県で一番古い神社で格式高い神社との事。入口近くに空地があったのでそこに車を停めて向かいます。一見下り参道のように思えたが手水車で身を清めてからは石段を上がって行きます。石段を上がると田島神社の拝殿と朱色の佐與姫神社(佐用姫神社)があります。佐與姫神社は豪族の娘である松浦佐用姫が、恋仲となった大伴狭手彦の新羅出征で別れに耐え切れず加部島で七日七晩泣きはらした末に...

  • Narukami Onsen Nana no Yu
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Nanayamatakigawa 1150
    A hot spring bathhouse located in Nanayamatakigawa, Karatsu City. The bathhouse is supplied by a simple alkaline hot spring whose waters are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, joint pain, chronic digestive diseases, and fatigue. Facilities include an open and airy indoor bath airy with large windows to let in natural light, a stone outdoor bath surrounded by trees, a lie-down bath, family bath, and sauna. After your bath, you can relax in the spacious rest area, in private rooms, or on the bathhouse' wood deck. There's also a restaurant and shop selling local specialty products.

    利用料は大人510円。タオルは無料ではないので、持って行くか購入となります。大浴場と露天風呂と寝湯、サウナがありました。露天風呂は緑に囲まれていて、とても気持ちが良かったです。お湯は少しとろみがある感じで、温度は丁度良いくらいでした。施設内には休憩室・レストラン・売店もあり、ゆっくりと過ごせる施設でした。場所はちょっと不便な場所にあるので、車で行くのが良いです。

  • Kinshoji Temple
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Karatsu-shi Nishideramachi 511
    An ancient temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. According to temple tradition, it was founded by Emperor Go-Nijo in 1302. A monument with a hair from the Edo-period joruri and kabuki playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon is on the grounds beside the main hall. There is also a tradition that he studied there as a child.

    宿泊したホテルから近かったため近隣の寺社と合わせて散策を楽しみました。この辺りでは大きなお寺となっており、建物も立派でした。平日昼間のため観光客はおらず閑散としておりました。

  • TAIRYOU SENKA
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Shopping
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochouyobuko 1740-11
    A wholesaler for JF Saga Genkai Fisherman’s Association in “Yobuko Daiba Minato Plaza”, they have a full selection of fresh squid, sea urchin, turban shell, abalone, mackerel, sea bream and other seafood, as well as packed meat, fruits, and regional goods. There is a restaurant, a barbeque corner for cooking the seafood just purchased at the wholesaler, and an adjacent bathing facility Yobuko Daiba no Yu where you get a full view of Yobuko Ohashi Bridge and Yobuko Bay.

    「河太郎」のお隣にある漁協の直売所です。土産屋でもあるかなと安くて新鮮なものが食べられるのではないかと思って入ってみました。握り寿司、イカの活造り、海鮮バーベキュー(炭代は必要)が楽しめます。イカの活造りはサイズは小さいですが、安くて新鮮です。イカの調理は目の前でやってくれるので、その手さばきを見るだけでも価値があります。イートインスペースで席を見つけると、卓上にある醤油とワサビを付けていただきま...

  • Ikahonke Main Restaurant
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    3.5
    66 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochouyobuko 3086-2
    A squid restaurant located in Yobuko, Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City. The restaurant serves famous Yobuko squid cuisine, including squid rice bowls topped with squid sashimi, squid shumai dumplings, and ikizukuri made with squid from the Genkai Sea so fresh its flesh is transparent. The menu also includes squid ikizukuri set meals, tempura and sashimi set meals which come with squid shumai dumplings, and kaiseki course cuisine. Finally, the restaurant sells souvenirs and gifts like its tasty squid shumai dumplings.

    This place is amazing, great food, great scenery and great staff which they can not speak English but very helpful and the service is very good. For the price it is well worth it. There is a car park...

  • Hizen Nagoya Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Karatsu-shi Chinzeimachi Nagoya 1938-3 Nagoya Castle Ruins Tourist Information Office
    These castle ruins are located at Nagoya, Chinzei Town, Karatsu City. Hizen Nagoya Castle was built during the battles of Bunroku and Keicho when Hideyoshi Toyotomi was invading the Korean Peninsula. At the time it was the second largest castle in size after Osaka Castle. The castle was used as a base camp for the invasion of the mainland and over 140 encampments for soldiers were located in the surrounding area. At present, the castle ruins, as well as 23 other camps in the area, are designated as national historic sites. Artifacts excavated at the site are on display at the Saga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum.
  • Nakazato Tarouemon Tobo
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Chouda 3-6-29
    The Nakazato family is the only family to maintain the traditions of ancient Karatsu and today, this Karatsu ware ceramics studio continues to be operated by the 14th head. Visitors can tour the studio’s gallery where Karatsu ware is displayed and sold as well as the Tojin-machi Ochawangama kiln, a nationally designated Historic Site. From 1734 through the Taisho period, the Tojin-machi Ochawangama kiln was used for official purposes by the local government. An eight-minute walk from the South Exit of Karatsu Station.

    唐津市の広い道から入った静かな唐津焼の工房。 車にナビがないとちょっと行き着けないようなところですが、 私たちが言っている時も探してくる人が多い工房です。 14代目がおられました。 2階に上がると入口があり、靴脱ぎで履物を置いて中に入りますと作品が並んでいます。 買いやすい工房のものが並んでいます。 その建物か池をまたぐ廊下を過ぎると何代にもわたって作られてきた作品が並ぶ部屋があります。 お値段も...

  • Kiya Asaichi-dori Fisherman's Fish Market
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Shopping
    Saga Pref. Karatsushi Yobukochouyobuko 3764-31
    A fish market situated along the Yobuko Morning Market Street in Yobuko Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City. The market sells local, fresh seafood and process seafood products like dried fish. Visitors can also purchase sashimi and sushi and eat their purchases in the provided space on the second floor.

    地元の方がずらりと並び、お店を展開しています。今回はこちらで干物、乾燥のり、のりの佃煮などを見ました。どれも美味しかったです!

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Away from the fast-paced cities of mainland Japan, Kyushu’s Saga prefecture offers quaint towns and cities known for their traditional crafts, particularly ceramics. Rich in kaolin (a type of clay), Saga became the homeland of Arita ware, a delicate, decorative porcelain that is now celebrated worldwide and can be discovered in the towns of Arita, Imari, and Karatsu.

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