Furusato Kaikan Arpino is a modern building within stone's throw of JR Karatsu Station. The first floor has a souvenir shop featuring the produce of Karatsu and Higashi-Matsuura, including seafood from the Genkai Sea, Shoro Manju, Matsuura-duke and squid dumplings. This shop is ideal for buying all of your Karatsu souvenirs in one go. The roofed central courtyard is a great haven and always full of people relaxing. The second floor of the building is used to exhibit Karatsu-yaki pottery. On the third floor is a restaurant where one can savor fresh bounty of the Genkai Sea. Arpino is a new attraction bursting with Karatsu appeal, where you can "see", "learn", "eat" and "play" all in the one place.
Origin of the word "Arpino"
ARPINO is a combination of the Spanish word "ARCOIRIS" (meaning "rainbow" and "PINO" (meaning "pine tree"). It is representative of Niji-no-Matsubara, which is said to be the symbol of Karatsu. Also, the first character of ARPINO is written "ア" in Japanese and this looks like a dolphin, the symbol of the ocean, jumping up towards an arched Niji-no-Matsubara in the sky.
From train station: Close to Karatsu Station on the JR Karatsu Line and Chikuhi Line
Car: 40-minute drive from Nagasaki Expressway Taku IC
Bus: Close to Showa Bus Stop “Karatsu Station”
● Opening Hours: 1st floor: 9:00 - 20:00, 2nd floor: 9:00 - 18:00, 3rd floor: 11:00 - 22:00 (orders are accepted until 21:00)
● Closed: January 1
● Parking Lot: Accommodates 130 cars; open between 8:30 - 22:30
Within an hour: Free of charge; More than an hour but less than 2 hours: 200 yen, and then 100 yen added hourly
● Contact: Furusatokaikan Arpino, Tel: +81-955-75-5155