Tategamiiwa Rocks

Tategamiiwa Rocks

Tategamiiwa Rocks A coast lined with several giant rocks pointing straight up to the heavens. Of these, Tategami Rock is the most striking, consisting of two giant basalt rocks which are six meters in circumference and 30 meters tall. While the footing is poor, it is possible to climb Tategami Rock. The rock is also known as "Husband and Wife Rock" because the two pillars stand together undefeated by the rough waves. Moreover, the bay to the west of Tategami Rock is wide and gentle, making it popular as the birthplace of surfing in Kyushu. The spot is visited all year round by surfers who wish to challenge their skills on the rough waves of Genkai Sea.

● Access:
From train station: 20-minute taxi ride from Karatsu Station on the JR Karatsu Line and Chikuhi Line
Car: 50-minute drive from Nagasaki Expressway Taku IC
Bus: Get on Showa Bus bound for Minato at Oteguchi Bus Center, get off at “Minato” stop, and walk for 5 minutes

● Parking Lot: Accommodates 30 cars (free of charge)

● Contacts:
Division of Tourism, Karatsu City Government, Tel: +81-955-72-9127
Karatsu Tourist Information Center (located in JR Karatsu Station), Tel: +81- 955-72-4963


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