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Karatsu Castle, Karatsu

3.7
Castle · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Enjoy a view of the ocean and the city panorama from the top of Karatsu Castle, a landmark of Karatsu constructed in 1602. A must-see if you are in the area, the castle grounds, using the ocean as a natural moat, feature a small park with 100-year-old wisteria trees. The museum inside the castle tells the story of samurai life and local history, displays a substantial collection of pottery and swords. Walk up to the observation deck which, at the end of 200 steps, offers sweeping views of the Bay of Karatsu. The castle lies 3 km (1.8 mi) from Karatsu Beach, making for a nice hike with memorable scenery. To visit Karatsu Castle and other attractions in Karatsu, use our Karatsu online journey planner.
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  • A visit to this elegant and tranquil castle is a great way to connect to the ancient history of Japan.  more »
  • On the train from Tenjin/Hakata the scenery is farmland from Kafuri to Chikuzen-Fukae. Not far past here the train hugs the coastline, giving views of quite pretty coastal scenery for most of the...  more »
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  • This was a tough location to rate because I did enjoy it, but it wasn't as informational as Osaka castle nor did the gift shop have Yuri on Ice merch or much of anything that I was interested in bringing back as a souvenir. I would say that it was hard to get to, but Osaka castle was as well, as goes any castle of this design. If you're in the area and looking for something to do then this is a nice option. If you're into YOI then it's fun, they have cut outs from the show. Getting pictures with the castle in the background though are really the money shots.
  • Very nice place to be visited in Karatsu with awesome sunset view (winter time) from the top of the castle. Since the castle is built near the coast so that you are able to view the horizon in all degrees clearly. In addition to the awesome view, you should spend some more time to learn about the history of Karatsu Castle during the Sengoku Time in Japan too. For those who are interested in Japanese History you shall never miss it!
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