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Karatsu Course

Karatsu has long been an important position of contact joining the mainland people by sea. It is a port town where things and cultural exchanges have taken place lively. And, since 1994 when "Jeju OLLE" started, it had a sister city relationship with Jeju Islands. Karatsu Course of OLLE coast resembles the original Jeju course where you can see the coast and can touch the old history and culture, mainly Nagoya Castle Ruins and still existed 400 years old road.
In the first part of the course, you will spend time around Nagoya Castle Ruins and its battlements. In 1592, Hideyoshi Toyotomi constructed Nagoya Castle to invade Korea. He amassed the troops of federal lords from all over Japan and stationed them around castle, and this is the exact ruin. Under the blue sky, green lawn is paved that looks peaceful. Through the battlefield, you can find remnants of past which officers of Bunroku and Keicho left behind. Passing on the simple and former old path connecting to the ruins, stop at Tea House "Kaigetsu" and try a cup of rich taste of green tea. This is such a peaceful spot that it is difficult to imagine that it was first created to use for battle. As you continue a little further along the route from here, you will come to Tenshudai of Nagoya Castle Ruins that could be called the highlight of the course. Panoramic view of Iki, Tsushima, Sea of Genkai, in one sight, blows up your worries from bottom of heart. Now as you leave Nagoya Castle Ruins, you come into a quiet village street. In midway of the town, there is "Hinatagama", "Karatsu Ceramics" ware which is called as "Japan's three great tea cup" and Japanese loves it. Upon leaving the town, on the second half of the course, located in northwest Japan, "Hado Misaki (peninsula) coast OLLE" starts. Here, because of the shapes nature has carved out of the rocks and blue green pine trees of all Kyushu OLLE paths, it is said that this is the almost like the original "Jeju coast OLLE" course. Since black pine trees lined esplanade are so well maintained, it makes a very safe walk for families with kids. In the second half of the course, the coast of Hadomisaki spreads, which shows in bits between the black pine trees. Unique food such as grilled turban shell and overnight-dried cuttlefish are sold in many small shops standing in Hado Peninsula Parking at the end point, are the delicacies not to be missed.

11.2km
4~5 Hours
Beginner~Intermediate
Karatsu Station Tourist Information Office TEL:0955-72-4963
Karatsu Tourist Association Chinzei Branch TEL:0955-51-1052
Karatsu City Tourism Department TEL:0955-72-9127
Karatsu City Chinzei Branch Industry Department TEL:0955-53-7155
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