Karatsu/Yobuko Area

Saga, Kyushu

A once prosperous whaling base that is now a pottery center. Strange-shaped rocks and caves caused by waves.

Karatsu and Yobuko, located on the Higashi Matsu-ura-hanto Peninsula in the northwestern part of Saga, have been prosperous from ancient times as an important point for trade with Mainland China.

Karatsu, a part of Genkai Quasi-National Park, has many scenic spots, including Niji-no-Matsubara, stretching along the coast and the Tategami-iwa Rocks and Nanatsu-gama carved by the raging waves of the Sea of Genkai. Nanatsu-gama is a cliff formed by the raging waves, and has a chain of caves called Kaishoku-do at its base. Sightseeing boats originating in Yobuko go around this area. Karatsu is also noted for Karatsu-yaki pottery, and has around 60 pottery studios in the city. Some of pottery studios welcome visitors.

Yobuko was once prosperous as a whaling base. The watchtower for whales and a memorial monument to captured whales on Ogawa-shima Island are among the remnants of the heyday of whaling. A well-known morning market is held at Yobuko Port, which is crowded with regular-service vessels and fishing boats. With the lights of fishing boats flickering at night, it has a lively air typical of a fishing port. A wide variety of fresh fish and dried fish are sold at the morning market, and you can taste fresh delicacies of the sea.

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Directions
From Tokyo:
[Air] 1h 50 min from Haneda to Fukuoka Airport, and 5 min from the airport to Hakata Station by subway. 1h 20 min from Hakata to Karatsu Station by JR Chikuhi Line.
[Rail] 5h from Tokyo to Hakata Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line.
From Osaka:
[Air] 1h 15 min from Itami to Fukuoka Airport.
[Rail] 2h 30 min from Shin-Osaka to Hakata Station by Shinkansen.

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