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Karatsu Castle (Maizuru-jo “Dancing Crane Castle”)唐津城(舞鶴城)

Historical Monument

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.

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place Saga Pref. Karatsushi Higashijounai 8-1
phone 0955725697

Review of Karatsu Castle

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Reviewed:2018/11/17 小さい城だが眺望は良い Beautiful coast line
It was partly undergoing renovation now. The castle is small, but there is nothing around, so it looks...
Reviewed:2018/11/01 Lovely views
My husband and I took the local bus to the castle, rode the elevator up, and just enjoyed the views from the vantage point. We did not go inside the castle - it is very photogenic from the outside!
Reviewed:2018/08/27 Historical place with spectacular views!!!
Karatsu Castle was built in 1608. This castle is located facing the sea and is situated in the northern part of Karatsu City of Saga prefecture. The castle opens as museum and you can go upstairs to...



Saga Pref. Karatsushi Higashijounai 8-1 [map]



※depending on the season
[Elementary and Junior High School Students]250yen
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Closed in the construction of the Karatsu castle tower building until 10/2016-around summer 2017

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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.

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