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Kitahata is the birthplace of Karatsu ware and home to the oldest split bamboo style climbing kiln in Japan.

Many famous Old Karatsu pieces have been made here since the Muromachi period, and are known as Kishidake ware.
 In addition to its rich history and culture,
 Kitahata is also rife with natural beauty.
In 1604, at the beginning of the Edo Period, Kitahata was divided between Tokusue, Tanaka, and Hieda. Later, it became divided further into the following 13 villages: Tokusue, Osugi, Kishiyama, Hieda, Shiki, Yukiaino, Tanaka, Yamabiko, Shimohirano, Kohirano, and Naruse .
In 1879, when settlements were classified by county, area, town, and village, the Kitahata area came to include 16 villages in all. In 1889 when the city designation was introduced, Kitahata village was born.
According to [A Folk History of Kitahata Village], 12 villages not including Tokusue became Kitahata village in 1889, however since many neighboring villages also wanted to use the name Hata, the names Kitahata and Minamihata came to be used. Hata seems to be connected deeply to the identity of the local residents.


 
 On January 1st, 2005, the city of Karatsu merged with the 8 cities, towns, and villages of Higashi Matsuura county, and Kitahata became part of Karatsu.

Total land area 26.58km²
Total population 4,448人(as of Nov. 2015)
The town tree Tea (Camellia Sinensis)
The town flower Pear

In the south of Kitahata, in the district of Shiki near the Imari city limits, there is a hilly area at an altitude of about 80 meters, where predominantly tea and pears are grown.

The Tea Fields

The JA Karatsu region is one of the foremost areas for tea cultivation in Saga. With 108 hectares of cultivable tea land, it is second only to Ureshino for tea cultivation. Kitahata in particular has many hilly areas where tea fields dominate the landscape. The young tea leaves, cultivated in the cool, clean air of the Kitahata foothills is a signature product of the area.

 The main components of tea
  Flourine, Saponin, Catechin, Vitamin C, Minerals, Caffeine



Pear Cultivation

Along with tea, there is a great deal of pear cultivation in the Kitahata region. The fertile land and natural water supply support a thriving pear industry.
 
 Cultivars Produced
   Kousui, Housui, Shinkou, Oushun, Atago
   Pears are grown outdoors and arrive on shelves in August.

 About Pears
Pears are among the fruits that possess medicinal properties,
and are said to have an antipyretic and diuretic effect, as well as and soothes sore, dry throats.




A History of Kitahata (in 4 volumes)
  General History Volume I
  General History Volume II
  Folk History
  Sources and Documents
  A book¥2,500-(tax included)

Karatsu City Kitahata Civic Center


Address
 1097-4 Tokusue, Kitahata,
 TEL 0955-53-7130
 FAX 0955-64-3125

Facility Overview
 【Open】Monday – Friday(excluding holidays and the New Year)
 【Closed】Saturday and Sunday, Holidays and the New Year
 【Hours】8:30am – 5:15pm

 
 


1097-4 Tokusue, Kitahata,
Karatsu City, Saga 847-1201

Karatsuyaki no Sato Professional Association
TEL.0955-53-7130