Trip to Karatsu Castle!

A castle town where the town quota in the early Edo period remains intact, "Karatsu (Tatsu)". In the town that prospered as a shipping port of coal since the Meiji Period, the figure of a building that makes a prosperity of that time prosper. After feeling the history by walking down the castle town, enjoy the "gastronomic castle town" such as the fish of Genkai - nada.
Let's go around the castle town from 'Karatsu Castle' which is also a symbol of the city of Karatsu

A plaster castle towering over the hill protruding in the Karatsu Bay. Karatsu which spreads under its eyes is a castle town where historical footprints are retained everywhere, as the town quota in the early Edo period remained intact. 

Walking in Karatsu can not be explained without the formation of the castle town. Once you keep on history, the pleasure of traveling will expand many times, from walking to walking to gourmet. 

Firstly I look up at Karatsu Castle from the castle bridge

Castle bridge is a spot that can see the whole view of Karatsu Castle

The history of Karatsu dates back to ancient times far and, as its name suggests, it is a town that prospered as a port (Tsu) crossing the Tang (the mainland of China and the Korean Peninsula). Keywords in walking around Karatsu are "Karatsu Castle" and "Coal". "When you pay attention to these two, the castle town can enjoy it with a sense of three-dimensionality, walking while experiencing the remnants of history - this is the real pleasure of walking in Karatsu," Mr. Takujima says. 

One of the epoch making events, in particular, is the castle of Karatsu castle. The first generation Karatsu Domain · Terasawa Shima Morihitaka (Terumasa Teramizawa Hiroka) has also started to divide the castle town as well as the castle. In Karatsu who escaped the war, the name of the town in the early Edo period remained. First of all, let's go round the highlight of the castle town that you can enjoy from the Karatsu Castle, a symbol of the castle town, by walking half a day. 

Sand beach and Matsubara arc in the east and west, centering on Karatsu castle that protruded to Karatsu Bay. Karatsu Castle has another name "Maizuru castle" because its shape can be regarded as a crane spreading out both wings and flying to the sky. 
"If you can see the whole view, you should first stand on the castle bridge and watch the full view of it," says Takashi Takujima. 

It is about 15 minutes on foot from Karatsu station until the castle bridge. From the top of a quaint wooden pedestrian bridge, you can put the whole picture of the castle in sight towards Mt. Mitsujima where Karatsu Castle Honmaru is built. It is also recommended as a shooting spot. 

Cross the bridge and climb the stone steps to reach the castle tower of Karatsu castle. From the observation room on the top floor you can see the castle town of Karatsu and the rainbow Matsubara. It is interesting to look at the stone wall and moat that surrounds Ninomaru and Sannaru with the old map as one hand and the town division of the castle town.

Walking on the "Ishigaki walking path", the mood is "History Detective"

"Walking path of Ishigaki" where you can taste the quiet castle town stroll After seeing inside the castle, from Karatsu Castle Honmaru to the "Ishigaki no Mori" along the west beach.

When Taiko · Toyotomi Hideyoshi was dispatched to Korea based on Nagoya Castle (the tip of Higashi Matsuura Peninsula located in the northwest of Karatsu), the Matsuura Party Mr. Hatata who ruled this place for many years will be renewed. In the place he became the lord of Karatsu is Terasawa Hiroki who served as a vice president of Hideyoshi. 

In Sekigahara 's battle, Terasawa Hiroyuta, who became the first lord of the Karatsu clan concerning the East Army, built this castle was Keicho 13 (1608). Hiroki who was a civil engineering genius focused on a small hill protruding towards the Genkai-Nada. It made it a main stone and built a solid sea castle by using the dismantling materials of Nagoya Castle, which was a domestic base of the Hideyoshi Joseon soldiers. Kiyosumi Kato who was told as "genius of the castle", and with the assistance of various daimyo of Kyushu, it took seven years. 

"Not only the castle but also the samurai residences have also been stuck in the heritage inside Nagoya Castle everywhere.The samurai mansion gate which keeps the remnant is in the path of" the walking road of Ishigaki ", explains Mr. Takashima. "Although it is the main entrance of Mizuno Ryokan now, I can see that various roof crests are mixed as a result of utilization of waste materials at the roof tile of this gate which was relocated from Nagoya Castle." 

From there, go down south of Mizuno Ryokan And, "Higo moat" which hits the southern end of Sannaru is seen beside the bus center. 
"This name is a proof of respect to Higo lord owner Kiyosumi Kato who cooperated with the castle.The honor around the castle, such as Satsumori moat, Choshu Moori, Saga moat, Yanagibori etc., in addition to the existing Higo moat, shows respect There are names of each district of cooperative Daimyo '(Taku Ishi)

In the shadow of the birth of Karatsu Kunchi, the idea of ​​the first lord

Hikiyama Exhibition Hall where you can taste the atmosphere of Karatsu Kunchi even if it is not a festival period

Terasawa Hiroyuta showed various ideas when building the foundation of the castle town. The Taku Island's among them is attention, that thing was moved to the castle the Shrine Karatsu. 

Karatsu shrine, Okunchi (Karatsu Kunchi) of Hikiyama total local deity of Karatsu (the mountain) is dedication. Originally the there was this Karatsu Shrine in Shirogai, it is Hirotaka Terasawa was rebuilt and transferred all the way to the castle. This was an invention leading to enhancing the unity of Karatsu 's child. 

"After the shrine that has been worshiped by people for a long time has been erected in the castle, the castle people in the castle make a floatplane for each town (to change shape to the present hikiyama later) and donate to the Karatsu shrine once a year It was. this is the beginning of the Karatsu Kunchi. on this day only, the townspeople also put in the castle with impunity, so to speak, is why there was even the day of "putting aside rank" "(Taku Island's) 

Karatsu Kunchi as autumn example festival of the shrine Karatsu , carried out in three days of every year on November 2 to November 4, gorgeous of 14 cars Hikiyama is a big event that decorate the city. During the festival, stained in town OKUNCHI color of Karatsu, visited by many tourists from all over the country. 

" If you drop in at the Hikiyama Exhibition Hall opposite Karatsu Shrine, you can taste the atmosphere of Karatsu Kunchi, even if it is not a festival period," says Takashi Ishi, who started dragging for over 40 years , Here all 14 hikiyama are all in one place, and you can witness the storage exhibition being waited for once a year.

What the Leadingists of "Coal Town" left behind

The lavish saloon of "Old Takatori residence" where you can feel the prosperity of the time

Another event that became a milestone in the history of Karatsu castle town is the development as a coal shipping port since the Meiji era. Coal mining king · King Io Takatori (Taketori Yoshiyoshi) who supported the modernization of Karatsu and Finance King · Otajima Kotarou (Osashama Kotamaro). Let's go over the architectural heritage left by the two leading figures in closing the town walk. 

After the Mizuno Ryokan and further west of Ishigaki's walking path, the former Takatori residenceleft by Iki Takatori holds a gate. The pattern given to the roof tile of Yang Hafu is a motif of a flame as a common roof tile, which was a degree. Here you can hear the coal miner 's conspiracy of "Do not let the fire of the coal mine go". 

The Old Takatori House's hall building was built in 1905, after which it was built twice in Taisho era and early Showa era. Making luxurious preparations while incorporating the style of the fashion every now and then, it prolongs the prosperity of those days. Besides the interior of the mansion and the Sugito picture, as well as the handwheel of the window, elaborate details are also highlighted. 

In addition, Takatori Yoshi says that he liked Noh, choreographed himself, and danced. Therefore there is a Noh in the house. 
"Particularly the Noh stage is one of the commitment of Takatori Ichi and I want you to take a closer look.The former Ito Demon gate left by Chikuho's coal mine in the limelight in the morning Dora has no Noh stage indeed "Mr. Takakujima 

Another person who is leading the development of coal as a town is a person called Oshima Kotaro. Takashi island explains.
"As is common with Japanese coal mines that supported modernization, there is the existence of the King of the Finance, so to speak, that coal is always converted into money and circulated to the economy by the coal mining king who dug out coal. Ohshima Kotaro is the first person in the modernization of Karatsu who carries the one stick and is the first president of the former Karatsu Bank as well as the economy and industry as well as the center of various business such as railroads and harbors " 

The building of Karatsu Bank head office stands just above the moat dividing the castle inside and the castle. It was an architect, Katsuro Tatsuno (Tatsunokunkan), who was a masterpiece with Koshitaro Oshima at Kanazawa's clan school. Tatsuno Kinugo is a male modern Japanese architect known for designing such as Tokyo station and Bank of Japan head office. 

Contrast of red brick and shiroishi, triple arch in front, and the tower shops in both corners, the building of Karatsu Bank head office is penetrated by Tatsuno style design. Reconstructed again faithfully in recent years, it was open to the public. The second floor is a data room, and you can learn the footprints of the young girls who led the modernization of Karatsu at the time, along with the exhibits.

In the kitchen · Nakamachi area of ​​Karatsu, enjoy walking the market early in the morning and gourmet

"Shinagawa market" where fresh fish shops, meat shops, fruit and vegetable shops connect with each other
A main branch of Honmachi, where the former Karatsu Bank head office is located, is Nakamachi which is "the main street" of Karatsu castle town. Along the street running north and south, the rear car dealers were said to line up. Fresh fish shops, meat shops, fruit and vegetable shops are joining the center of the Shorinbuku market which has this in roots . It is a kitchen supporting Karatsu child's stomach. I would like to recommend going first thing in the morning on the last day of sightseeing in Karatsu. 

"The way of enjoying the Shorin Economy Market is not to search according to the evening meal, but first from the place to ask" What is going up this morning? "Fish from the season and the tastiest She tells us how to eat, "said Mr. Takashi himself, saying that it is always a no-plan in the shopping at the Shorinbuku market. 

Eating and drinking establishments that are able to grow gluttonous foods visiting Karatsu, as well as local gourmet foods, are concentrated in this middle town.