Discover Karatsu

Karatsu is small coastal town with some interesting historical sights such as the Karatsu Castle among others. 

Things to see and do

FAQs

Getting around in Karatsu

The easiest way around Karatsu is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other.

Getting to Karatsu

Public transportation:

Travelers who come by train should get off at Karatsu station.

 

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Fukuoka Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes

 

Car rentals:

How long to stay in Karatsu

We recommend staying here between half a day and one day. 
 

Hotels in Karatsu

Flights to Karatsu

The nearest and most convenient airport is Fukuoka Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes

Seasonal information

Hiking:

The hiking season in this area typically runs from Spring until Autumn.

Festivals in Karatsu

There are two famous festivals in this area. Please be advised that the following info is based upon previous entries of the festival and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
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For the exact location of the festivals, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.

 

  • Karatsu City Kyushu Fireworks Festival

    • Date: July 14th

    • Time: 20:00 - 21:00
       

  • Hamatama Fireworks Festival

    • Date: July 28th

    • Time: 20:00 - ???

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Day trips from Karatsu

Relax at one of the many hot springs in this quaint town or walk up to Mount Kokuzo, which overlooks Ureshino. If you have some extra time, visit Saga Ninja ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 39.13

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Fukuoka city is a mix of ancient temples, beaches, and modern structures. As it is the biggest city in the Japan's Kyushi region, it is has a strong bustling energy ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 43.57

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The Yanagawa Canals are the main point of interest here and a great way to get around and explore the city.

Travel time:

Distance, km: 51.82

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Dazaifu is famous for its awe-inspiring shrines. Many Japanese students pray here for academic success. The Kyushu National Museum is also worth visiting. Hikers can go up to Mount Hōman and ...

Travel time:

Distance, km: 52.85

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