Former Karatsu Bank

Historical Monument
"This historic building is on the Karatsu-kaido Road in Hon-machi, Karatsu City. The building, completed in 1912, was designed by Minoru Tanaka, an apprentice of the designer of Tokyo Station, Tatsuno Kingo. The bank building is of a Victorian design incorporating Japanese style, known as the ""Tatsuno style"". The building was used as a bank until 1997, and then donated to the city. It has since been designated as an Important Cultural Property of the city and is now open to the public free of charge."

Spot details

Saga Karatsu-shi Honmachi 1513-15
9:00-18:00 (admission until 17:40)
open everyday (12/29-12/31 closed)
[Admission fee] Free * Fee for special exhibitions and other events
Parking Lot
Available (19spaces, 1spaces for disabled) * Fee
Credit Card
Not available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Beautiful bank
    4.0 Reviewed:2018.03.27
    This beautiful building used to be a bank, which functioned until recently. Now it is open to public for free, and we can see its nostalgic main hall, reception rooms, safe etc. You can also hold up...
  • Wow - nostalgic bank teller cage!
    4.0 Reviewed:2016.12.25
    Interesting to see bank teller cage from 100+ years ago (!) City of Karatsu is good at reserving this type of western style of building in old days.
  • Tatsuno style modern construction
    4.0 Reviewed:2016.02.21
    Very close to Karatsu Station. You can learn history of Karatsu during early Meiji Ara and several works of Architect Tatsuno from this area who also designed Tokyo Station. Free of Charge!

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