Also known as a lovers’ sanctuary, Cape Hado or Hadomisaki is a well-known spot in Karatsu facing the Genkai Sea as a protruding cape. It is a 1-hour drive away from Karatsu City.
The main attractions of Cape Hado are the heart-shaped monument, underwater observation tower, and the sunset. It is frequented by young couples who take photos in front of the heart monument, and also by families who hang out at the wide, beautiful grasslands by the sea. The underwater observation tower which is connected to the cape by a long walkway, is definitely a must-see. After climbing down a spiral staircase leading to it, you will find yourself peeking out into the sea itself from the tower windows, seeing fish swim right before your very eyes.
At twilight, watch the breathtaking sight of both the sky and sea be painted orange by the setting sun.
The grilled sazae (turban shell) sold in stalls lined up here is also a must-try.
- April to September: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
- October to March: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
* Open whole-year round but may be closed depending on the weather
Underwater observation tower fee
- Adult: 550 JPY
- Child: 250 JPY
- Infant/toddler: Free
Parking available, 300 JPY per day