Ruins of Kishitake Castle

Ruins of Kishitake Castle

Ruins of Kishitake Castle Kitahata, home of the Hata family who were famous for trade with the Asian continent, is said to be the source of Karatsu-yaki ware. At the eastern tip of Kitahata, Karatsu city, on Kishitake, a mountain marking the border with Ouchi town, Karatsu city, are the ruins of Kishitake Castle which harbors secrets on the rise and decline of the 17th generation Hata, a leader of the Matsura Samurai. The castle is believed to have been built at the beginning of the Kamakura Period and these precious castle ruins give us clues on how mountain castles were structured in the middle ages. Within the dense foliage lie scattered relics such as moss-covered stone walls and an old well. Don't miss the spectacular view from the watch tower on the northern part of the site. This is a significant historic site of Saga prefecture.

● Access: From train station: 30-minute drive from Karatsu Station (20-minute walk along a mountain path from the parking lot)
● Entry Fee: Free
● Parking Lot: Available (free of charge)
● Contact: Kitahata Branch Office, Karatsu City Government, Tel: +81- 955-53-7135

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