Things to do in Nakatsu

Top Things to Do in Nakatsu

Things to Do in Nakatsu

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  • HEP
    Kyoto5 contributions
    After taking the bus from JR Nakatsu station to Nakashima, I walked for 30 minutes, and chose to do the steep climb (as opposed to taking the chairlift) to the top - it was so peaceful and beautiful, walking through tree-lined paths to the top.
    The temple itself is located in and around caves at the top of the mountain, and the combination of trees/nature, natural caves and the temple with its 500 stone statues (all with different facial expression) is absolutely stunning.
    If you want to go to the top of the mountain, you have to take the chairlift.
    Note that if you take the chairlift, on the way to the temple, there is a sign written in Japanese stating that photography is forbidden anywhere around the temple grounds, even outdoors. If you take the steep climb, there is no sign, and you could get in trouble if you unknowingly take photos - so please be careful.
    Written 21 August 2020
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,394 contributions
    Yabakei is an ensemble of many scenic areas along Yamakuni River. If you don’t have a car, it is difficult to visit all these spots. But, the area of Ao Cave is relatively easy to access by bus from JR Nakatsu station, so I firstly recommend you to go there. Anyway, please check the schedule in advance, because the service of public transportation is not frequent.
    Written 21 January 2021
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,394 contributions
    Nakatsu Castle is, beside Fukuzawa Yukichi’s former residence, certainly the main tourist attraction in Nakatsu. However, the exhibit inside is much similar to that of other castles, and there is nothing extraordinary. However, the view from the castle tower is very nice, and even just for that it is worth visiting.
    Written 20 January 2021
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  • Manoj
    Bengaluru, India35 contributions
    I have visited this place only for once, but it was ver good to vie it in the early morning. As I was a environment freak, I have enjoyed the nature present here.
    Written 21 April 2020
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,394 contributions
    Ao Cave is well known thanks to the novel “Onshuno Kanatani”, written by Kikuchi Kan. The novel is based on a real story of a bonze who dug the tunnel for local people. I had expected a very mountainous valley, but on the other side of the bank is actually flat. So, I am somewhat confused why the tunnel should be made at this place. Anyway, some remains of the original work are still visible. After you read the novel, your visit should be very interesting.
    Written 25 January 2021
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,394 contributions
    It is certainly one of the main tourist attractions in Nakatsu, beside Nakatsu Castle. There is also a combination ticket for these two places. The well preserved old residence of Fukuzawa Yukichi is really interesting to see. The museum in another building displays many precious documents concerning his life.
    Written 18 January 2021
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  • Bob B
    Sydney, Australia111 contributions
    This area is only accessible by car or coach and offers some amazing rock formations and views of the local countryside.

    We choose to visit by car on a quiet day and found little traffic. This also meant we could skip the "tikki" villages set up for tourists and enjoy the bits we liked and skip shops selling imported trinkets.

    Parking is generally good but the steep hills and heavy vegetation limit what walking is available. A good family run restaurant for lunch ( isolated and with a full car park of locals is the giveaway ) capped off our day.
    Written 23 April 2019
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,394 contributions
    It is a small museum beside Nakatsu Castle, which was founded by Kuroda Kanbee. The entry of this museum is free, but unfortunately it was temporarily closed due to corona virus spreading. I should come again, after the disease is over.
    Written 20 January 2021
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  • Paul E
    Canberra, Australia70 contributions
    A day trip from Oita by train took me to Nakatsu to see the castle, I hadn't expected to find so much too see. It has some interesting temples and historical sites as well. The local Karage, Sushi and Sashimi are worth trying, simply tasty .
    Written 3 June 2015
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan12,394 contributions
    It is a stone bridge near Ao Cave. Yabakei Bridge, the longest stone bridge in Japan, is also called Holland Bridge, and is one of the attractions in Yabakei. It is absolutely worth visiting this beautiful bridge.
    Written 25 January 2021
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