Karatsu Castle

Situated inside Maizuru Park in Karatsu, Saga, Karatsu Castle (otherwise known as Maizuru-jo) was build by men of the commander of the samurai army at the time, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, from 1602 to 1608.  Karatsu Castle was demolished during the administrative reform in 1871, meanwhile the site was maintained as Maizuru Park in 1877. Later on, it became a cultural and tourist site. As a result, the castle tower and the walls were reconstructed. Because Karatsu Castle is built next to the sea, it looks as if the castle is floating on the sea! It is such a beautiful view. You can also enjoy the mesmerizing view of the castle at night with illumination.

Address
8-1 Higashijonai, Karatsu-shi, Saga
Access
20-min bus ride by Showa loop bus on the East course from JR Karatsu Station. Get off at Karatsu-jo Entrance and walk for 7 min
Opening Hours / Holidays
9:00-17:00
Closed: December 29 to 31
Official Website
http://www.karatsu-bunka.or.jp/shiro.html
Admission fee
Tower Entrance fee: Adults (over 15 years old) 500 yen, Elementary and Junior high school children 250 yen

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Mesmerizing illumination

Karatsu Castle is illuminated at night. The white walls that appear in the dark sky look fantastic. You can take a great picture of the castle near the Maizuru bridge across Matsuura river that flows near the castle. You can take a beautiful picture of bridge, water and the castle from this spot.

Castle, Cherry blossoms and Sea

Karatsu Castle is a famous place for cherry blossom flowers in Saga. You can see beautiful cherry blossom flowers surrounding the castle from the end of March to the beginning of April each year. Karatsu Castle is a great place where you can enjoy cherry blossom pink flowers beside the blue sea.

Big field of Wisteria flowers

The approx. 500-square-meter large field of Wisteria trees blooms from the end of April to the beginning of May. In fact, some trees are more than 100 years old and some pendulous branches measure more than 1 m! In addition to light purple wisteria, there are white wisteria as well.

Niji no matsubara

Niji no matsubara is a forest situated in the east side of Karatsu Castle. This forest was maintained by the lord occupying Karatsu Castle in the beginning of 17th century in order to protect the castle from sand and wind. More or less 1 million black pine trees fill the forest. It is thus recognized as one of the three best scenic pine forests as well as one of the 100 beautiful Japanese beaches.

Karatsu Castle

Situated inside Maizuru Park in Karatsu, Saga, Karatsu Castle (otherwise known as Maizuru-jo) was build by men of the commander of the samurai army at the time, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, from 1602 to 1608.  Karatsu Castle was demolished during the administrative reform in 1871, meanwhile the site was maintained as Maizuru Park in 1877. Later on, it became a cultural and tourist site. As a result, the castle tower and the walls were reconstructed. Because Karatsu Castle is built next to the sea, it looks as if the castle is floating on the sea! It is such a beautiful view. You can also enjoy the mesmerizing view of the castle at night with illumination.

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Mesmerizing illumination

Karatsu Castle is illuminated at night. The white walls that appear in the dark sky look fantastic. You can take a great picture of the castle near the Maizuru bridge across Matsuura river that flows near the castle. You can take a beautiful picture of bridge, water and the castle from this spot.

Castle, Cherry blossoms and Sea

Karatsu Castle is a famous place for cherry blossom flowers in Saga. You can see beautiful cherry blossom flowers surrounding the castle from the end of March to the beginning of April each year. Karatsu Castle is a great place where you can enjoy cherry blossom pink flowers beside the blue sea.

Big field of Wisteria flowers

The approx. 500-square-meter large field of Wisteria trees blooms from the end of April to the beginning of May. In fact, some trees are more than 100 years old and some pendulous branches measure more than 1 m! In addition to light purple wisteria, there are white wisteria as well.

Niji no matsubara

Niji no matsubara is a forest situated in the east side of Karatsu Castle. This forest was maintained by the lord occupying Karatsu Castle in the beginning of 17th century in order to protect the castle from sand and wind. More or less 1 million black pine trees fill the forest. It is thus recognized as one of the three best scenic pine forests as well as one of the 100 beautiful Japanese beaches.

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