If you are a big fan of "Yuri on Ice!!!", this is the sacred must-go place for fans.
Cheers to high quality sake and magnificent view of Karatsu castle!
Japanese sake is fermented alcohol which has been gaining popularity across the world because of its rich aroma and mild taste. It goes well with any kind of food.
Suginoya sake factory & shop is very famous for Japanese sake and beer. Wasen Asirai won the second prize in the category of Junmai sake(Pure sake) at the Japan National Sake competition and Amber Ale won the gold medal at International Beer Summit. Besides the sake and beer factories there are a backery, a garden cafe and a oyster stall(only during the winter).
For lunch I recommend a Japanese food restaurant which serves fresh fish sashimi, especially squid.
Karatsu castle was originally built about 400 years ago, but the present castle was rebuilt in 1966. As it is located at the tip of the peninsula surrounded by the sea on the three sides, you can command a great view of Karatsu city from the top floor of the castle.
This tour starts at 9:00
In the morning
Use Japan Railway from Hakata station to Karatsu station
(80 minute ride, 1, 140yen one-way)
Karatsu castle area(by foot)
Karatsu castle(The symbol of Karatsu city, 410yen)
Lunch at a Japanese restaurant
In the afternoon
Use Japan Railway from Karatsu to Susenji
(About 50 minutes, 650yen one-way)
Visit Suginoya Sake and Beer factory (by taxi) 10 minutes
Taste sake and beer at Suginoya sake factory
Return to Hakata station by JR and subway by 17:00
Visit the observatory located on the rooftop of Hakata station
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at either your hotel or Hakata station's Information center.
End location: I will drop you off at either your hotel or Hakata station's Information center.
Duration: 8 hours
This tour price includes my guide service, my public transportation fare and my admission fee.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
6000 yen - But it will increase depending on your hotel location and lunch you'll have.
Japan Railway(from Hakata to Karatsu) About ¥2,300RT
Plus the fare between your hotel and Hakata station
Karatus castle ¥410
I am not a driver. I can arrange for a separate car and driver. In my tours I use public transportation or taxies.
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Asako was great she helped me before I even had my tour with her with tips on things to do and even gave me tips of things to do after the tour in my next location asako spoke English very well and was fun to tour and talk with the tour was great we had plenty of time and she ended up showing me extra things and places as well I highly recommend her tour