Karatsu-shi, Saga

  The city of Karatsu in Saga Prefecture is a port town that enjoyed prosperity as the gateway to the Asian continent—that is, to Korea and China. Yoyokaku was established in 1893, when the coal mining industry was flourishing in Karatsu. Our inn is located close to symbols of a seaside Japanese town: Karatsu-jo Castle and Nijino Matsubara, one of the three major pine groves of Japan.
 Our oldest buildings were constructed of wood in 1912, and the extravagance of the wood used for the pillars and beams reflects the robust economy of that time. We incorporated the sophistication of contemporary architecture while carefully preserving these century-old elements to create an inn that is both retro and modern as well as quintessentially Japanese. Our walkable teien Japanese garden accompanied by the sounds of the waves is populated with 100 old pine trees, and beautifully complements the Japanese architecture.
 Our cuisine features plenty of the finest ingredients from our area, which has long enjoyed the bounty of the land and sea, and is served in Karatsuyaki porcelain, which is beloved in tea ceremony circles as one of the top three potteries. We use Karatsu-yaki ware fired by Ryutagama, a famous pottery studio, and its advanced aesthetic sense coupled with the refined skill makes our cuisine shine all the more. We invite you to enjoy both the fresh seafood from the Genkai-nada Sea and the bowls and dishes created by Ryutagama.
(By Masayasu Okochi, owner of Yoyokaku)
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2-4-40 Higashikaratsu, Karatsu-shi, Saga 847-0017
Tel: +81-955-72-7181/Fax: +81-955-73-0604/e-mail: info@yoyokaku.com
[Number of rooms] 19 rooms
[Half board rate] 20,000 Jpy~ (included service charge, not included taxes)
[credit card accepted] VISA, Master, AMEX, JCB, Diners, Union Pay
[check in/out] 15:00/10:00
[access] 7 minutes by car from JR Karatsu Station or 4 minutes by car from Higashi Karatsu Station. /Pick-up service: Please tell us before you take a train.