2015 Rice Terrace Tour of Japan | Niji no Matsubara Beach and Forest

Jun 13 | Evan | No Comments |


The hotel the group tour stayed in was just a short walk across the street from the famous beach in Karatsu, Nijo no Matsubara.  In addition to a nice beach with islands in the ocean and mountains to the sides, there is a forest of pine trees just off the beach that is worth exploring as well.

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We started taking photos on the beach for sunrise and then made our way back through the forest to take more photos.

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After the sunrise photo session, the group went back to the hotel for some breakfast and rest before sightseeing around Karatsu.  We went to Karatsu Castle and also to Takatori House.  Takatori house was spectacular but doesn’t allow taking photos inside.  Takatori House does include a guide with admission so if you have any flexibility in your schedule, I’d recommend calling the Takatori House to see if the English speaking guide is available.  There are so many interesting facts, art, details and more that we would have missed without our guide.  The inside of Karatsu Castle is a museum with details from history of the Karatsu area.  It’s fairly interesting but my favorite part was the view from the top!

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For the 2015 Rice Terrace Photo Tour of Japan, we also visited Doya Tanada, Hamanoura Tanada, Oura Tanada, Warabino Tanada and Mikaeri Falls, JufukujiIshidake Observatory for Kujukushima and Yumiharidake Observatory for Kujukushima.  Interested in joining a future Tanada Tour of Japan?  Contact me today to start your experience for Japan!