Welcome to Karatsu
In Karatsu, pottery fanatics will be in their element, viewing earth-toned vases and tea bowls that sell for more than a luxury car. For everyone else, there's a hilltop castle, historic buildings, a simple Shōwa-era town centre and a pretty seaside cycling trail. Outside of town, the coastline, pounded into shape by the roiling Sea of Genkai, makes for dramatic vistas and pleasant day hikes.
The Nakamachi shopping area, a five-minute walk from Karatsu Station, offers good restaurants and souvenir shops, all within an easy stroll.