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Introduction of City sightseeing

Karatsu City has been a window between Korean Peninsula/mainland China and Japan since old days and there are lots of cultural heritage. It is rich with nature surrounded by the Genkai Nada (sea) in the north and outer mountains in three sides of south, east and west.

Our ryokan is very close to Karatsu Castle and is located along with the stone wall of the castle. It is about 5 minutes on foot from our ryokan to the old Takatori Residence which is recognized as national important cultural property, thus our ryokan is located at a convenient venue for city sightseeing.

There are three free rental bicycles available at our ryokan. It is possible to airily visit Niji-no-Matubara (rainbow shaped pine tree forest and beach) as one of the three famous pine tree forests and beaches, and Hikiyama (floats) Exhibition Hall which displays 14 foats of the festival, Karatsu Kunchi.

Walking and cycling courses around Mizuno Ryokan

・ Beaches and Niji-no-Matubara

Start with the west beach in the back of our ryokan, then Karatsu Castle and end up at Niji-no-Matubara (rainbow shaped pine tree forest and beach) as known as the east beach.

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・ Culture in Karatsu and Karatsu Ware(#number is shown on the map)

Start with the stone wall in front of our ryokan(#6), then visit many places of Moat at the 2nd gate, old Takatori Residence (closed on Monday)(#8), Kawamura Museum (Open on Sat, Sun and national holidays)(#9), Museum at the 2nd gate, Karatsu Shrine(#13), Hikiyama (floats) Exhibition Hall(#14), Higo Moat(#15), Kin-shou Temple and Ogasawara Memorial Museum(#16), old Karatsu Bank building(#18), Shops of Karatsu Ware (around Gofuku-machi shopping street), Arpino (souvenir and shops of Karatsu Ware), Nakazato Taro-emon Kiln (old climbing kiln), Aya Kiln (old Karatsu styled Exhibition), Nakano Kiln.citymap

 

City map is here

Driveway courses

There are lots of interesting tourist spots around central Karatsuto to visit and see sea natural landscapes of Nanatsugama (seven caves) and Tategamiiwa (rocks), mountain natural landscapes of Mikaeri-no-Taki (waterfall), Udo-no-Iwaya (stone buddha) and Kashibaru Marsh and a culture center of Nagoya Museum.

We hope you will enjoy sightseeing by your private car, rental car or taxi.

There are some of driveway courses recommended by Karatsu Tourist Association.

・ Full enjoyment of Water and Greenery

This is a driveway course which includs mainly mountain and river. Mikaeri-no-Taki (waterfall) known as hydrangea in June, Kashibaru Marsh known as fringed orchid in August. Hot spring is also included in this course.

・ Coastal Driveway

This is a driveway course which includes Kagami Mountain, Tategamiiwa (rocks), Nanatsugama (seven caves), Genkai Underwater Observation Tower and Nagoya Museum. Morning Market in Yobuko is also recommended.

・ Scenic Driveway

This includes Genkai Energy Park and Iroha Island. Hot springs are also included in this course. Tree peony and Greenery Hill is also recommended during the season of tree peony from middle to end of April.

For more information of tourist and event in Karatsu, please find the website of Karatsu Tourist Association:

 

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Short Guide of Neighborhood Tourist Spots

Karatsu City is closer to famous neighborhood tourist spots of Arita, Ureshino Onsen (hot spring), Yoshinogari, Yanagawa, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki and Iki Island.

Approximate time required from Karatsu City to the following famous neighborhood tourist spots.

Imari・Okawachiyama・Arita area

・ Okawachiyama in Saga Prefecture

It is about 10 minutes by car from JR Imari Station.

It is about 50 minutes by car from Karatsu City via Imari City.

・ Arita in Saga Prefecture

It is about 2 hours by JR train from JR Karatsu Station of JR Karatsu Line to JR Kubota Station or JR Saga Station and then change of the line to JR Nagasaki Line to JR Arita Station.

It is about 1 hour and 10 minutes by car from Karatsu City to Arita via Imari.

It is about 25 minutes by car from Okawachiyama to Arita.

Ureshino Onsen (hot spring) and Takeo Onsen area

Ureshino Onsen in Saga Prefecture

It is about 2 hours by express bus from Fukuoka City to Ureshino Onsen.

It is about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Karatsu City to Ureshino Onsen.

・ Takeo Onsen in Saga Prefecture

It is about 50 minutes by car from Karatsu City.

Yoshinogari Historical Park in Saga prefecture

It is about 1 hour and 30 minutes or 2 hours by JR train from JR Karatsu Station of JR Karatsu Line to JR Kubota Station or JR Saga Station and then change of the line to JR Nagasaki Line to JR Kanzaki Station or JR Yoshinogari Park Station.

It is about 1 hour and 10 minutes by car from Karatsu City to Yoshinogari historical park via Nagasaki Expressway from Taku to Yoshinogari.

Yanagawa City in Fukuoka Prefecture

It is about 45 minutes by train from Fukuoka Tenjin Station of Nishitetsu Omuta Line.

It is about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Karatsu City via Saga City.

Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki Prefecture

It is about 1 hour and 40 minutes by JR express train from JR Hakata Station.

Nagasaki City in Nagasaki Prefecture

It is about 2 hours and 10 minutes by express bus from Karatsu City to Nagasaki City.

Sasebo City in Nagasaki Prefecture

It is about 2 hours by express bus from Fukuoka City to Sasebo City in Nagasaki.

It is about 1 hour and 50 minutes by JR express train (Midori) from JR Hataka Station in Fukuoka City to Sasebo City.

It is about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Karatsu City to Sasebo City via Imari City.

Hirado City in Nagasaki prefecture

It is about 2 hours by car from Karatsu City to Hirado via Imari City.

Iki Island in Nagasaki Prefecture

It is 1 hour and 45 minutes by ferry departed from Karatsu East Port.

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