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The Former Takatori Residence旧高取邸(2020/5/31まで休業中)

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.


Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kitajounai 5-40 (Karatsu / YobukoArea)

phone 0955750289

9:30-17:00 (until 16:30 admission)

Review of Former Takatori House

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/11/10 Must see in Karatsu
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...
Reviewed:2019/07/26 Includes a guide
We visited the mansion and the entree fee included a guide. Quite informative and a nice person. Pronunciation was sometimes weak, so some info was not understood by us.
Reviewed:2019/03/21 昔の風情が感じとれる、旧家
You can feel the old atmosphere inside the house from the sliding doors, lanterns, cider plank paintings, decorative transom windows, and even a...

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Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kitajounai 5-40 [ map ]
Karatsu / YobukoArea
9:30-17:00 (until 16:30 admission)
Monday (The next day for public holidays), New Year's Holiday
[Admission fee]General520yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students260yen
Parking Lot
Temporary suspension:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 12, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.

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          Saga 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.

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