Karatsu Castle, Karatsu

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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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  • I visited this castle also known as Maizuru Castle said as the first place of Saga Prefecture, traveling for the first time. Hill enters the eye from a distance, stand out a symbolic presence. There is a lift in the back, I used to climb at 100 yen one-way. The elevator goes up at an angle. From the Hill to enjoy the view was very beautiful. Castle 7/2017 was renewed in like, yet very clean loved the look. Stone wall construction was still ongoing. It is a castle like places.
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  • Karatsu City is not famous in Japan, nor is it a list of 100 cities. But his top can see the Songyuan of the rainbow, and it's not bad for a friend who isn't his own driver. Tian Shou Loft is basically a data library, introduced Karatsu city, such as the city's main information. The city is doing some work, or maybe it will affect his view.
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  • Lovely castle with a view of the sea and its surrounding area. This was featured in Yuri!!! On Ice as Hasetsu Castle. This place makes for a good trip from Fukuoka. The train ride from Hakata Station ...  more »
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  • Lovely castle with a view of the sea and its surrounding area. This was featured in Yuri!!! On Ice as Hasetsu Castle. This place makes for a good trip from Fukuoka. The train ride from Hakata Station to Karatsu Station takes about sixty-five minutes. Walking to the castle takes about twenty-thirty minutes, while a cab will take you there in about five. There is an elevator you can pay to get to the castle from the bottom of the hill, or you can climb the stairs.
  • Wonderful views from the tower and the palace grounds, except for the construction nearby. Museum inside the castle, mostly Japanese with little English, but enough to know what everything is. You can buy tickets at the machine. That has English.
  • Karatsu Castle has a beautiful view from the top and is worth the ¥500 admission fee. Inside the castle is a mini museum about the castle's history. But just a note, there's almost no English at this attraction. But I definitely recommend you come check it out.
  • It's very pretty from the outside and the view from the tower is stunning. The inside looks like a subway station. Honestly, it's dark green and tiled (see last picture). Nearby, there is a charming art gallery by the former residence.
  • Great views from recent refurbished work. Museum has no English

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Where to stay in Karatsu

Many of the accommodations in Karatsu form an orderly line next to the Matsuura River, or along the coast. Things certainly get a little more luxurious by the sea, with rooms offering extensive views along the coast, onsite spas, and fine-dining restaurants, as well as good access to the beach. Look inland towards the main train station for a range of business hotels designed for one-night stays, side-street guesthouses, and the odd hostel.
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