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Hamatama-cho, Karatsu City, Saga PrefectureNijinomatsubara (Rainbow Pine Grove)

Hamatama-cho, Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture
Nijinomatsubara (Rainbow Pine Grove)

Planted at the beginning of the 17th century as a windbreak and sand barrier, this approximately 5 square kilometer Japanese pine grove was originally called Nirinomatsubara because it was almost 2 Japanese leagues (ri) large but at some point received its current name due to its curved shape.

8-1 Higashi-Jonai, Karatsu City, Saga PrefectureKaratsu Castle

8-1 Higashi-Jonai, Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture
Karatsu Castle

Daimyo Hirotaka Terazawa constructed this flatland-mountain castle, also called Maizuru-jo or "Dancing Crane Castle," atop Mt. Manto at the mouth of Matsuuragawa River over the 7 years from the 7th year of the Keicho period (1602) with the help of several daimyo and using scrap material from Nagoya Castle.

Honcho, Karatsu City, Saga PrefectureOld Karatsu Bank

Honcho, Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture
Old Karatsu Bank

With a red brick façade with contrasting white granite lines and triangular gables with copperplate decoration, this Western-style two-story building is exemplary of Meiji era architecture, often called "Tatsuno style" after the Japanese architect.

Kagamiyama, Karatsu City, Saga PrefectureKagamiyama Observatory

Kagamiyama, Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture
Kagamiyama Observatory

Located near Kagamiyama Shrine atop Mt. Kagamiyama, this observatory also overlooks Karatsu Bay and is popular as the best view from Mt. Kagamiyama. There is also a hang-glider launchpad nearby.

Nishi-Jonai, Karatsu City, Saga PrefectureKaratsu Hikiyama Exhibition Hall

Nishi-Jonai, Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture
Karatsu Hikiyama Exhibition Hall

Completed in the 45th year of the Showa period (1970) to store all festival floats to protect them from damage from fire, etc. In addition to 14 floats, the hall also displays reproductions of artwork of ancient Karatsu festivals kept in Karatsu Shrine, the firemen's flag, festival clothing and other items.

Yakataishi, Karatsu City, Saga PrefectureNanatsugama Caves

Yakataishi, Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture
Nanatsugama Caves

Located beneath the plateau overlooking the Genkainada Sea, this designated natural monument is named for the seven caves formed in the basalt cliffs by erosion from the waves. A pleasure boat that enters the caves departs from Yobuko port.

Yobuko, Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City, Saga PrefectureYobuko Morning Market

Yobuko, Yobuko-cho, Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture
Yobuko Morning Market

The Yobuko Morning Market began in the Edo period when the area was busy as a whaling base and in the 62nd year of the Showa period (1987) was included in a guide to traditional Japan as one of the big three Japanese morning markets. Countless stalls sell seafood including whale meat and fresh fish, processed goods such as dried fish and local agricultural produce.

Takashima, Karatsu City, Saga PrefectureHoto Shrine

Takashima, Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture
Hoto Shrine

Located on Takashima Island, this shrine gained worshippers because of its name, an omen of good fortune, and when several who had visited won large sums of money at the lottery, it became famous as the lottery-winning shrine.

Hamasaki, Hamatama-cho, Karatsu CityHamasaki Gion Festival

Hamasaki, Hamatama-cho, Karatsu City
Hamasaki Gion Festival

This Gion festival is celebrated on the grounds of the Hamasaki Suwa Shrine, known for its protection from mamushi snakes, and dates back to the 3rd year of the Houreki period (1753), when middle palace guards returning from praying at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto witnessed the festival, praying for the flight of pestilence and arrival of a bumper harvest, at Kushida Shrine in Hakata and brought it back to Hamasaki.

Various locations in metropolitan Karatsu, Saga PrefectureKaratsu Kunchi Festival

Various locations in metropolitan Karatsu, Saga Prefecture
Karatsu Kunchi Festival

This is the autumn festival of Karatsu Shrine. On November 3rd, 14 floats travel to a sacred location on Nishinohama Beach (formerly in front of Taisei Elementary School) while protecting 3 portable shrines. The biggest attractions of the festival are the sight of the pullers who pull floats weighing a few tons from the sands and the festivity of the floats and music.

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