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.

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Saga Pref. Karatsushi Kitajounai 5-40 map map Map
9:30-17:00 (Entry until 16:30)
Monday(The next day if it's a public holiday), New Year's Holiday
[Admission fee]General520yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students260yen
※Group 20people and above2discount
Parking Lot
Available(75spaces, bus7spaces)
Credit Card
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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


  • Incredible residence
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.07
    A visit to the Former Takatori Residence is an absolute must. It provides a true impression of how a wealthy Japanese businessman lived 100 years ago.The rooms are incredible, with 72 beautifully...
  • Wonderful Japanese home
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.01.15
    We stumbled on this Mansion after leaving the Karatsu Castle. Beautifully preserved traditional Japanese home. They have set this up as a self-directed tour and the docents are around for any...
  • 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...

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