Considered as the symbol of Karatsu City in Saga Prefecture, this castle's construction began on 1602 and finished after 7 years in 1609 by the first lord of the Karatsu Domain, Hirotaka Terasawashimanokami. It is located facing the sea in the northern part of Karatsu.
In Japan, this castle is widely known as Maizuru o dancing crane as it is resembles the figure of a bird with a wings spread wide like a pine from left to right and its donjon or the tower keep that looks like a head of a crane.
This castle was abandoned in 1871 and the present castle was restored in 1966 as a tourist facility.
The castle houses materials and weapons related to centralized feudalism and to the Karatsu-yaki wares. The last floor of the castle tower is an observation deck that offers a view of the sea of Genkai. To get to the castle tower, visitors can walk to the stone step or take an elevator but the cost is not included in the admission fee.
The castle also host exhibits of samurai armor including swords, pikes and firearms, ceramics, documents and original roof tiles from the castle.
In spring, visitors can enjoy cherry trees, Wisteria flowers and azaleas located in the ground of the castle.
The castle is a 20 minute walk from Karatsu Station in the JR Karatsu Line and Chikuhi Line.
The castle opens at 9:00 to 17:00.
Closed on December 29 to 31
Parking lots are available
Elevator fees inside the castle cost 100 Yen and 50 Yen for children in one way
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