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The Former Takatori Residence旧高取邸

Historical Monument

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.

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place Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kitajounai 5-40
phone 0955750289

Review of Former Takatori House

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Reviewed:2018/11/01 Unexpected excellence
Upon arriving, my husband and I were greeted by a sweet English-speaking guide, Matsuko, who asked if we would like her to show us through the house-no cost. She is President of the local volunteer...
Reviewed:2017/04/08 Fabulous house, with fascinating blend of rich European and Japanese styles.
I really enjoyed my visit to this wonderful house, built over 100 years ago by a rich coal baron, subsequently donated it to the local government to be maintained and opened to the public as an...
Reviewed:2017/02/08 traditional yet different
This is a big house, very big to Japanese standards. The house was donated by the family to the city as it became too expensive to maintain. So we are very fortunate that we can visit a home that is...



Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kitajounai 5-40 [map]



Monday(the following day if it falls on a public holiday), New Year's Holiday
Admission feeGeneral510yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students250yen
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Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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Saga Main Areas


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.