Yanagawa travel guide
The Beautiful Canal town Yanagawa, is located about 60km south of Fukuoka–city and is a
former Castle town facing the Ariake Sea and spreading in the Chikugo plain. Current main
industries are tourism, fishery and agriculture. Canal is feature of Yanagawa, It had been
constructed for people’s lives and agriculture since ancient time and also used for the moats
of the Castle. Surprisingly the total length of the canal is 60 km. Now the canals of the
Yanagawa-city including former Castle town are used as Canal boat cruise for sightseeing.
Yanagawa Canal boat cruise is to board a small boat called the Donkobune and slowly go down
the river skillfully maneuvered by a boatman with bamboo pole. A 30minutes cruise starting
Okinohata and go around Ohana & Shotoen Garden is most recommended.
Listed on National Scenic Landmark, was built in 1697 as the villa of the fourth lord Tachibana
Akitora. At that time the region was called Hanabatake (Field of flower), so the villa was named
Ohana or Flower.
Yanagawa is the birthplace of renown poet Hakushu Kitahara, whose accomplishments are marked
by a memorial park and the many stone monuments bearing his works placed throughout the city.
Yanagawa is the birthplace of Steamed Eel that has more than 300 years history. There are many
restaurants which have their long history and each restaurants have been keeping the traditional
source and brand value.
Yanagawa is facing to Ariake Sea where many fresh and unique fishes are caught. Japanese
cuisines using local delicacies is also reccomended.
There are two authentic Sake breweries where you can enjoy tasting in Yanagawa. Yanagawa
Shuzo Sake brewery founded in 1890 and Kikubijin Shuzo Sake brewery founded in 1735.
The festival is held from February 11 through April 3 in Yanagawa. Hina dolls are displayed by families
with girls to pray for safe growth of their children, in Yanagawa.
Location of Yanagawa
|Address||City hall : 87-1 Honmachi, Yanagawa-city, Fukuoka-prefecture|
70 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu
80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city
110 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city
50 minutes by Nishitetsu train from Nishitetsu Tenjin (Fukuoka)
|Population||66,000 Population density 850|
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