Last additions - SAGA 佐賀県
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Map of KaratsuJan 22, 2006
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Furusato Kaikan, next to the stationJan 22, 2006
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Inside Furusato KaikanKaratsu-yaki pottery is displayed and sold.Jan 22, 2006
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Gofuku-cho shopping arcadeJan 22, 2006
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Inside Hikiyama Float Exhibition HallKunchi festival floats are displayed.

曳山展示場
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Gofuku-cho shopping arcadeJan 22, 2006
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Karatsu ShrineJan 22, 2006
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Hikiyama Float Exhibition Hall曳山展示場Jan 22, 2006
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Sightseeing marker in EnglishJan 22, 2006
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JR Karatsu StationJan 22, 2006
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Kunchi monument at Karatsu StationKaratsu's most famous festival is the Hikiyama Kunchi Festival where large floats are paraded around.Jan 22, 2006
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JR Karatsu StationJan 22, 2006
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Karatsu Higashi High School and castle towerJan 22, 2006
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Castle mapThe castle is within a park called Maizuru Park. Another name for the castle is "Maizuru Castle."Jan 22, 2006
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Stone wall path parallel to the beachJan 22, 2006
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Karatsu Castle from the trainJan 22, 2006
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Wisteria bed and castle towerJan 22, 2006
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Castle wall and Yagura-mon GateJan 22, 2006
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View of castle from the beachJan 22, 2006
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Castle towerJan 22, 2006
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View from castle tower. Also see the video at YouTube.Jan 22, 2006
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Yagura-mon Gate, main gate to enter the castle櫓門Jan 22, 2006
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Castle wallJan 22, 2006
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Nishinohama BeachNotice the castle's shadow at the bottom.Jan 22, 2006
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View of bridge to the castleJan 22, 2006
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Takashima islandJan 22, 2006
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Castle's shadowJan 22, 2006
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View from castle towerJan 22, 2006
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Castle tower balconyJan 22, 2006
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Castle markerIt says "Karatsu Castle Site."Jan 22, 2006
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Top floor of castle towerJan 22, 2006
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Inside castle tower, a local history museumJan 22, 2006
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Castle tower groundsJan 22, 2006
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Castle tower, reconstructed in 1966.A gift shop is on the left.Jan 22, 2006
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Castle towerJan 22, 2006
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Steps to castle towerIf you don't want to climb the 231 steps, you can pay to use the elevator.Jan 22, 2006
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Castle tower and outer wallJan 22, 2006
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Stone wall and high school next to castleJan 22, 2006
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High school and castle towerJan 22, 2006
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Jonai Bridge to Karatsu Castle城内橋Jan 22, 2006
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River and castle in the distanceJan 22, 2006
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Jonai Bridge to castle城内橋Jan 22, 2006
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Jonai Bridge to castle城内橋Jan 22, 2006
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Bridge to castle城内橋Jan 22, 2006
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Higo Moat and turret (?)This is near the Karatsu City Hall. From Karatsu Station, it takes about 25 min. to walk to the castle tower.

肥後堀
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Turret (?)Jan 22, 2006
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The turret turned out to be a public toilet...Looked nice enough to photograph, but when I walked around it, it smelled like the toilet it was.Jan 22, 2006
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Higo MoatJan 22, 2006
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CorridorAug 14, 2005
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Exhibition hallAug 14, 2005
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JR Saga StationSaga Castle is a short bus ride from Saga Station.Aug 14, 2005
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In Japanese, it is called the Saga-jo Honmaru Rekishikan. It is a ridiculously spacious historical museum.Aug 14, 2005
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Saga Castle gateThis is pretty much the only building left of Saga Castle. Otherwise, there are stone walls and moats.

Saga Castle was completed in 1611 when the first lord, Nabeshima Katsushige moved in. The castle experienced major fires in 1726 and 1835.
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Saga Castle palace, rebuilt in 2004 after 3 years of construction. 佐賀城本丸歴史館This is a magnificent and accurate reconstruction of the palace built by the 11th Saga lord, Nabeshima Naomasa, in 1838 after a fire razed the castle.Aug 14, 2005
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MuseumAug 14, 2005
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Inside museumAug 14, 2005
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JR Yoshinogari Koen StationAug 14, 2005
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StorehousesAug 14, 2005
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Store house for sacred offeringsSacred offerings for the gods such as sake and silk were made and stored in these huts.Aug 14, 2005
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Inside a storehouseAug 14, 2005
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Burial moundsA large clay pot served as the coffin.Aug 14, 2005
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Inside main worship hall, meeting roomAug 14, 2005
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Inside main worship hall, ancestral prayersAug 14, 2005
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Religious and ceremonial areaYoshinogari is a huge historical park near Yoshinogari Koen Station on the JR Nagasaki Line, not too far from Saga Station.

The park consists of a number of areas, each having a distinct function. This area has buildings used for religious ceremonies.
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Main worship hallThis is the largest structure with three floors. One was used for ancestral worship and another floor was used for important meetings.Aug 14, 2005
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Watch towerAug 14, 2005
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