Greetings from the proprietress
Thank you for your visiting Wataya’s website.
Since the founding of Wataya in 1876, we have stressed the importance
of hospitality; and fine Japanese cuisine for over 130 years.
Karatsu located about one hour from Fukuoka city, is a traditional
Japanese castle town. It is famous for its pottery Karatsu-yaki
and its colorful local festival Karatsu-okunchi (Nov. 2-4.It also
has many tourist spots such as Hikiyama-kaikan, Kagami-yama, Niji-no-Matsubara,
Karatsu pottery kiln.
Wataya is located in the center of Karatsu, in a building constructed
in the Meiji era by Masahira Tashiro, the coal mine king, as his
family home. This spacious building set in a large Japanese style
garden was later converted into a Japanese-style restaurant and
also provides accommodation in quiet and comfortable rooms.
The building and gardens retain all the elegance of Masahei’s
age. We believe all our customers will fully enjoy being surrounded
by such traditional Japanese beauty.
In December 2003, after test drilling a borehole in one part of
the grounds, we discovered natural hot spring water. We named
this water ‘Kaguya hime no yu’, and our customers can now relax
and enjoy an open-air bath, hinoki cypress bath or a ceramic bath.
We also provide an area where you can enjoy making and painting
your own Karatsu pottery. Please take this opportunity to experience
traditional pottery and at the some time create your own unique
Souvenir of your visit.