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Karatsu Castle, Karatsu

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Enjoy a view of the ocean and the city panorama from the top of Karatsu Castle, a landmark of Karatsu constructed in 1602. A must-see if you are in the area, the castle grounds, using the ocean as a natural moat, feature a small park with 100-year-old wisteria trees. The museum inside the castle tells the story of samurai life and local history, displays a substantial collection of pottery and swords. Walk up to the observation deck which, at the end of 200 steps, offers sweeping views of the Bay of Karatsu. The castle lies 3 km (1.8 mi) from Karatsu Beach, making for a nice hike with memorable scenery. To visit Karatsu Castle and other attractions in Karatsu, use our Karatsu online journey planner .
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  • On the train from Tenjin/Hakata the scenery is farmland from Kafuri to Chikuzen-Fukae. Not far past here the train hugs the coastline, giving views of quite pretty coastal scenery for most of the...  more »
  • Like all castle, this is on top of a hill, u need some walking, the area at the top is big enough for u to take a nice full picture of the castle.very nice view at the surrounding. Went in Nov...  more »
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  • Very pretty castle on top of a hill. I went during winter but I saw that the were wisterias vines on the entrance which i can imagine to be quite breathtaking when it blooms. but regardless of the the season the castle is beautiful. It is located on top of a hill surrounded by water. It makes a great photo from the bottom as well as the top.
  • the castle grounds are beautiful. it was a bit difficult to get to the top as we could not find the elevator and ended up taking the stairs (i have a knee injury). on the way down we did find the elevator but it was closed. the castle closes at 17:00 and we were rushed out, but you can enjoy the grounds until 18:00. sunset at the castle was lovely, so depending on what you want to do it may be worth going in the late afternoon.
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