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Former Takatori House

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Address: 5-40 Kitajonai, Karatsu 847-0015 , Saga Prefecture
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Fabulous house, with fascinating blend of rich European and Japanese styles.

I really enjoyed my visit to this wonderful house, built over 100 years ago by a rich coal baron, subsequently donated it to the local government to be maintained and opened to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Robin H
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my visit to this wonderful house, built over 100 years ago by a rich coal baron, subsequently donated it to the local government to be maintained and opened to the public as an important local heritage site. Apart from the surprisingly large size of the house, what makes the place unique are the architectural styles from around... More 

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Antwerp
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153 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This is a big house, very big to Japanese standards. The house was donated by the family to the city as it became too expensive to maintain. So we are very fortunate that we can visit a home that is not usually open to everybody. The founder gathered his fortune in the mining industry. He had studied in Tokyo and... More 

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Thank sinjoorAntwerp
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

Very interesting story altogether! The dedicated volunteer guide added me with more interesting touring of the entire house, which I understood to be reserved at the last minute when the ex-owner family decided to let it go. It was truly worth visiting.

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Thank Yuko K
Fremantle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Be prepared to slow down and imagine the incredible lifestyle of the former occupants of this lovely residence, with views and sounds of the sea from the upstairs rooms. No photography allowed which means you have to experience it in the here and now. Highly recommended.

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Thank Deb B
Ludlow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Fascinating glimpse into the life of a wealthy Japanese family. A beautiful house. The Non stage is wonderful. The highlight of our stay in Karatsu.

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1 Thank Chrisvh
Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2015

Excellent example of a wealthy industrialist utilising the best craftsmen of the period to produce Japanese features at the turn of the 20th century. One room only is westernised for the comfort of his European guests. Stunning outlooks would have existed when first built including a view of Karatsu Castle.

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2 Thank wakeling2015
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Visiting Karatsu by train from Fukuoka, we expected to see pottery shops, but instead got a unique look at a traditional Japanese home owned by a (very) rich family from early in the 20th century. We didn't know at the time, but the decorations are clearly modelled on those of the Nijo-Jo in Kyoto – a World Heritage site. This... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014

We had a wonderful tour at the Takatori House. For 510yen, we were provided with a guided tour in English. Our guide took us throughout the home pointing out art, explaining how each room was used, and educating us on the customs of the era. There were also signs in English in each room. The home is a national treasure... More 

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