The history of Mizuno Ryokan
Our resort was originally a villa of a paper wholesaler in town. Operating with creative and innovative ideas since our establishment, we have set a huge corf in our resort as the very pioneer in Japan. Now, let’s take a deeper look at the history of Mizuno Ryokan.
With history and thoughts passed down from our respectful ancestors
A tranquil castle by the sea
A tasteful castle town
Our samurai residence gate was relocated from the Nagoya Castle built 400 years ago. The quaint gateway awaits- a resort for an indulgence in the fresh seafood of the Genkai Sea and incredible sea views of Karatsu Bay. Also let Karatsu ware in our pure Japanese-style rooms calm your heart.
Our resort is located in the tasteful coastal castle town at the feet of the magnificent Karatsu Castle up on a hill. Visiting spots such as the Takatori Residence and Nijino Matsubara pine forest, along with many other awesome tourist hotspots are within reach.
Resembling the quaint expression 400 years ago
Samurai residence gate
Mizuno Gate (samurai residence gate) is designated as a tangible cultural property in Japan
Set up the first corf ever in Karatsu town by pumping offshore seawater
The creation of first corf ever in Karatsu town by pumping offshore seawater in 1961 is a huge breakthrough from the common belief that “no corf can be set in Karatsu”. All are for providing the freshest seafood for our guests.
The story of “Tonsan Namasu” (literally “sashimi for the lord”) began when Hideyoshi Toyotomi stopped by a fisherman's town near Karatsu and be overjoyed by the sashimi.
Karatsu’s specialty- “spear squid sashimi”, followed by squid tempura, squid grills with salt or squid in vinegar miso.
Mizuno Ryokan’s timeline
First corf ever in Karatsu
Selected as the filming location of a TV drama
Completion of the Mizuno gate
Completion of main block
Inauguration of our 2nd president
Awarded as “Soy sauce master”
Refurbishment of the Mizuno beach
Completion of the refurbishment of the cypress inner bath of “Himenoma”
“Kanputei” (Yurinoma) and its gate were designated as tangible cultural properties in Japan
Selected as a movie filming location
Castle Side Villa Namishizuka open
1961,First corf ever in Karatsu
1970,Selected as the filming location of
a TV drama
1981,Completion of the Mizuno gate
1981,Completion of main block
1996,Inauguration of our 2nd president
2003,Awarded as “Soy sauce master”
2003,Refurbishment of the Mizuno beach
2004,Completion of the refurbishment of the cypress inner bath of “Himenoma”
2017,“Kanputei” (Yurinoma) and its gate were designated as tangible cultural properties in Japan
2017,Selected as a movie filming location
2022,Grand opening of Indulge in Namishizuka, our castle side villa (rental vacation house)
All for the pursuit of wonderful journey of our guests
polished up in 70 years of history in Karatsu
With the first corf ever in Karatsu and the Mizuno gate, our signature, we always aim to pursue the better through trials and errors since our establishment.
We have been selected as the filming location for TV dramas and movies. We have become widely known when our 2nd president (\our current president) was awarded “Soy sauce master”. We are pleased to have guests from almost every part of Japan, including a lot of celebrities.
Led by our president, landlady, general manager, and landlady Jr., our team is united for the best service. It’s our honor to serve with hospitality passed down since our establishment.
- General managerMitsuru Tachibana
- Landlady Jr.Chie Tachibana
- LandladyFumiko Tachibana
- PresidentKenichiro Tachibana