Top Choice Castle in Karatsu


This 1608 castle (rebuilt 1966) is picturesquely perched on a hill overlooking the sea, and houses antique ceramics, samurai armour and archaeological displays. It's a formidable sight even from the outside. To avoi…
Historic Building in Karatsu


This fabulously restored late Meiji Period villa of a local trader is built in a mix of Japanese and Western styles, with lantern-filled gardens, a Buddhist altar room, a wealth of paintings on cedar boards and an i…
Museum in Karatsu

Nakazato Tarōemon

This kiln-gallery is dedicated to the life and work of potter Nakazato Tarōemon (1923–2009), who was responsible for the revival of Karatsu ware. His work is in the inner gallery.
Museum in Karatsu

Hikiyama Festival Float Exhibition Hall

This museum contains the 14 amazing floats used in the annual Karatsu Kunchi Matsuri. Floats include the Aka-jishi (Red Lion, constructed 1819), samurai helmets, and the auspicious phoenix and sea bream. There's goo…
Gallery in Karatsu

Karatsu Ware Federation Exhibition Hall

Adjacent to Karatsu Station, this exhibition hall displays and sells local potters' works, with prices ranging from ¥500 to I-can't-believe-someone-would-pay-THAT-much-for-THAT! Potters have a display area and many …
Shinto Shrine in Karatsu


Scenic shrine that sponsors the Karatsu Kunchi Matsuri festival.