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5-10 Daimyokoji, Karatsu 847-0012 Saga Prefecture
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#12 of 36 hotels in Karatsu
★☆ Wataya is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn. ☆★ 【 Guests can enjoy the beautiful Japanese garden on-site. 】 Wataya is in the distance of 10 minutes walk from ≪ Karatsu station ≫ and ≪ Karatsu castle. ≫ Dishes were cooked with the utmost care by chef. SInce sea is nearby, guests can enjoy various fresh seafood cuisine. ★This inn offers free Wi-Fi in each room. ★Parking: 30
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Coffee shop
Bicycle rental
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Vending machine
Game room
Canoeing offsite
Hot spring bath
Baggage storage
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Japanese
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sengokujidai wrote a review Feb 2019
Salt Lake City, Utah210 contributions30 helpful votes
This was my first time staying in this sort of ryokan (the nice kind). Parts of it were a little worn down, but it was comfortable, clean, in a great location (you can bath while looking out at the river!), it had 3 different baths (all very similar, but fun to try the variations), and the staff was wonderful. No one spoke English very well, but they happily explained all of the food in Japanese with gestures (my group spoke a little Japanese, so we did have an advantage there, though I don't know that any of the staff realized we understood them). The baths are segregated by sex, but were rotated every day (i.e. the outdoor bath would be women one day and men the next). For those that don't speak Japanese, be aware that there is a button outside of the bath to make it hotter (like cycling through more hot water). Find it and press it. You'll be happier that way. The food menu changed every other day as well (so if you stay more than 2 days, it will repeat). One reason I chose this ryokan over others was the option to pick a beef menu. Be aware of two things: even if you pick the beef, you will be served a ton of seafood dishes, and also, they will only serve the beef for one dinner. I don't like seafood in general, but I tried everything with a spirit of adventure. Some of it I even ended up liking :) There is always a ton of food, to the point where my group theorized that you weren't actually supposed to eat everything. You should try though, it is a waste to toss out all that effort. The ryokan is about a 10 minute walk from the station and within walking distance of several tourist attractions. The castle is maybe a 20 minute walk.
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Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Seanrights wrote a review Dec 2018
Seoul, South Korea34 contributions9 helpful votes
Everything was fine. Small but very friendly. Hot spring was also fabulous. Only thing I feel uncomfortable was they do not speak English. However, their kindness were enough to cover it. Thank you for all staffs.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
karenkto wrote a review May 2016
Sydney, Australia49 contributions11 helpful votes
Wonderful stay at Wataya. Staff members were nice, rooms were very large and spacious. Dinner was traditional Japanese multi-course and very filling. The baths were good, a little unfortunate that you need to pay for private use (our next ryokan had free bookings).
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Date of stay: May 2016
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
HS Son wrote a review Jan 2016
Seoul, South Korea17 contributions7 helpful votes
Calm and peaceful place. I stayed for 2 days with my wife and father. The facilities and small garden is a good and felt Japanese tradition. Baths are small, but my family felt good due to calm and quietness. We had breakfast and dinner for 2 days, and it tasted good especially to my father. In overall, I was satisfied with Ryokan facility, atmosphere, kind staffs and meals, but I have some difficulty in communication with staffs because of language problem. They were not good at English.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Becky Nao K wrote a review Oct 2014
Berlin, Germany159 contributions51 helpful votes
The setting is beautiful, but we didn't feel much genuine warmth in the place. Everything had a price tag--for example, they wanted to charge extra if we wanted to take a private bath (other ryokans just tell you that you can use the ofuro if it is not being used and you can just lock the door). The garden is nice and the building historical, but the management somewhat mercenary.
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Date of stay: September 2014
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for room number 103, which has direct access to the garden.
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JapanKyushuSaga PrefectureKaratsu
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wataya
Which popular attractions are close to Wataya?
Nearby attractions include Former Takatori House (0.3 miles), Hikiyama Exhibition Hall (0.2 miles), and Previously Karatsu Bank (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Wataya?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a spa, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Wataya?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Wataya?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Wataya?
Conveniently located restaurants include Takeya, Inakamon, and Sushidokoro Tsukuta.
Is Wataya located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Karatsu.
Does Wataya offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Wataya?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Wataya?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Former Takatori House (0.3 miles), Karatsu Castle (0.4 miles), and Karatsu Shrine (0.2 miles).