Welcome to Karatsu
Pottery fanatics will be in their element here as they view earth-toned vases and tea bowls. Some pieces sell for more than a luxury car, but work by junior artists can be more affordable. Other attractions include a hilltop castle, historic buildings, a simple Shōwa-era town centre and a pretty seaside cycling trail. Outside town, the coastline, pounded into shape by the roiling Sea of Genkai, makes for dramatic vistas and pleasant day hikes.
The Nakamachi shopping area, near Karatsu Station, offers good restaurants and souvenir shops, all within an easy stroll.