History & Culture

Nabeshima domain Kiln Park and Ookawachiyama

Ookawachiyama, located in the town of Imari, used to be home to the Nabeshima domain Kilns, which produced a number of masterpiece porcelains such as "Iro Nabeshima", "Nabeshima Sometsuke" and "Nabeshima Seiji" under the domain's strict control. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the area has a distinctive atmosphere of secret kilns, much like a landscape featured in Shan shui painting.
There is Nabeshima domain Kiln Park situated in Ookawachiyama, which beautifully reproduced the old checking station that protected the potting secrets, the remains of ascending kilns such as Okyo Ishi Kama (Sutra stone kiln) and the Kiyohara Kiln, and the houses of potters.


Yutoku Inari Shrine

Along with the Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kasama Inari Shrine, the Yutoku Inari Shrine is known as one of Japan's three major Inari and fondly referred to as "Yutoku san" by the locals.
The contrast of the vivid vermillion color of the buildings and the surrounding greenery is truly impressive, while the main architecture, including the main shrine, front shrine and the two-storied gate, is completely coated in lacquer.


Karatsu Castle

Karatsu-yaki wares, as well as archaeological and historical resources. The fifth floor of the castle tower is an observatory offering a commanding view of the Sea of Genkai and the Matsuragata region. To get to the castle tower of the Karatsu Castle, visitors can walk up stone steps or take an elevator. The Maizuru Park located on the periphery of the castle is a famous spot to view cherry blossoms and wisteria flowers when they are in full bloom. The Karatsu Castle is illuminated at night, making for a gorgeous sight to behold.

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