Let me take you to the museum inside the Karatsu castle.
Entrance to the museum area.
Greeted by this very cute samurai dog (?) and a miniature structure of the Karatsu Castle. Unfortunately, the first floor and top floor are the only areas where you can take photos. Basically, there’s a wide array of historical items and back stories; showing us a glimpse on how the samurai lived during the edo period.
Paintings by children are showcased in several areas of the museum. Very, very talented!
When you reach the top floor, you can enjoy the view of the entire town of Karatsu.
Proof of attendance! 😀
The Hikimaya Exhibition Hall is located just outside the Karatsu Castle vicinity. Hikimaya — which are giant floats used during Karatsu Kunchi Festival are displayed inside this hall. The best time to visit if you want to experience the festival ? — August which is Autumn season in Japan.
There’s a souvenir shop with cute finds as well!
Right across the Hikimaya Exhibition Hall is the Karatsu Shrine. Compared to the other shrines I have visited in the past, this one is smaller in size so you will need only a small amount of time to roam the area.
Highlight of this visit was we got to witness a Japanese wedding ceremony!!! I took this photo from afar cause I didn’t want to be rude and disrespectful to the couple getting married. Not sure if you can see it clearly but the bride is wearing a beautiful all white kimono (?) and the groom is wearing the very fancy lilac and cyan outfit! I also learned that the temple plays different harmonies which can indicate when the couple has already been wed.
Cleansing before praying is a must! Here’s Saki-san teaching us how it’s done.
After the couple went in, we had the opportunity to take a few photos outside the temple 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this post!!!