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An entire day dedicated to the evocative city of Karatsu, offering the opportunity to explore the city's many different sides, from its ancient castle and intriguing folklore museum to a tranquil shrine, before enjoying a delicious lunch in a local restaurant and exploring a local shopping centre.

What we will see
  • Nijinomatsubara forest
  • City of Karatsu
  • Karatsu Castle
  • Hikiyama museum
  • Lunch
  • Shopping in Osakana Mura

What we will do
  • We will step aboard a coach and leave the port behind to follow the coastal road west, taking the opportunity to admire the Nijinomatsubara, an evocative and sublimely peaceful forest of ancient pines.
  • We will reach the city of Karatsu, a coastal settlement surrounded by beautiful natural scenery with a magnificent shoreline of wave-sculpted rocks and caves.
  • We will visit the symbolic Karatsu castle where we will have the opportunity to learn more about the local history. Perched on a hill and boasting a superb view of the surrounding landscape, within its walls the Castle houses archaeological artefacts, samurai weapons and traditional ceramic handiworks.
  • Our next destination is the Hikiyama Exhibition Hall in Karatsu. Admiring the huge allegorical parade floats shaped like samurai warriors, fish, dragons and other mythical creatures that are used during the Karatsu Kunchi festival, one of the region’s most important events, we will experience a taste of the celebratory atmosphere of the parade.
  • Once we have worked up an appetite, we will stop for lunch to restore mind and body.
  • After lunch, we will have the opportunity to indulge in some **retail therapy(( at the Osakana Mura shopping centre before returning to the port.
When would you like to leave?
Adult US$ 109.00
Child (3-13 old) US$ 81.75
Length 6 hours approximately
Level Moderate Moderate
Type Sightseeing Sightseeing
Cultural Cultural
Good for shopping Good for shopping
Meal included Meal included
What you need to know

Please Note: the order of the itinerary may vary.The bus ride depends on the order of the itinerary. Space is limited, therefore we strongly suggest to book early. Due to travel season in Japan, heavy traffic jam will be expected. There is no place to exchange money in the port, preparing Japanese Yen is strongly recommended. The clear view of the landscape is subject to the weather conditions. Wear low-heeled, comfortable walking shoes

There is limited availability of English-language guides.