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“An expected treat”

Former Takatori House
Ranked #3 of 73 things to do in Karatsu
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Visiting Karatsu by train from Fukuoka, we expected to see pottery shops, but instead got a unique look at a traditional Japanese home owned by a (very) rich family from early in the 20th century.
We didn't know at the time, but the decorations are clearly modelled on those of the Nijo-Jo in Kyoto – a World Heritage site.
This is a special place, where the owner sought to create a high-quality building in the stye of the old Shoguns. Perhaps as a coal baron he saw himself as a new shogun - but he certainly had style and the money to realise his dream. In its day, this would have been the grandest house in Karatsu, filled with exquisite painted cedar panels, delicate carved woodwork, and a private No theatre.
Visitors are taken through by a local guide who proudly pointed out special or unique aspects of the building. Not much is said about the owner, but it is due to his vision that we can see such an architectural gem.
Lovingly preserved and a highlight of our visit.

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We had a wonderful tour at the Takatori House. For 510yen, we were provided with a guided tour in English. Our guide took us throughout the home pointing out art, explaining how each room was used, and educating us on the customs of the era. There were also signs in English in each room.

The home is a national treasure and is owned by the city of Karatsu. You will see classic tea rooms, a Japanese garden, servant and owner quarters, the entertaining areas, and the bathroom (yes, there was one installed in the home). Outside there are several outbuildings to explore. Don't miss the wine cellar down the brick stairs of the food storage building.

This was our favorite stop on our trip!

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