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Karatsu

Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Kyushu-Okinawa  /  Saga Prefecture  /  Karatsu
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Things to do: sightseeing, historic sites, shopping
The coastal city of Karatsu has long held importance for trade with China and the Korean Peninsula. Though it has a history of whaling, the city now profits primarily from its earthenware products, and trips to pottery studios rank highly on most trips to Karatsu. Acting as a gateway to the rural peninsula, the city provides a base for explorations of the natural attractions and remote historic sites, including the impressive coastline and ancient ruins hidden among the hills of the interior. Plan your visit to Karatsu and other destinations in Japan using our Japan holiday planner.
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Where to stay

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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