The Former Takatori Residence

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.

Spot details

Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kitajounai 5-40
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 * Group 20 people and above 2 discount
Parking Lot
Available (75spaces, Bus 7spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
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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.
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Must see in Karatsu
    4.0 Reviewed:2019.11.10
    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...
  • Includes a guide
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.07.26
    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.
  • 昔の風情が感じとれる、旧家
    4.0 Reviewed:2019.03.21
    邸内にしつらえてある障子、ふすま、欄間やさらに能舞台など、趣のある昔の豪邸の様子が覗えて興味深かった。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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