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Yanagawa travel guide

  • Yanagawa Canal boat cruise

The Beautiful Canal town Yanagawa, is located about 60km south of Fukuokacity and is

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.



Canal boat cruise 

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.


Ohana and Shotoen Garden

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.


Birthplace of Hakushu Kitahara

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.


Local cuisine 

Eel cuisines in Yanagawa

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.


Seafood cuisine of Ariake sea 

Yanagawa is facing to Ariake Sea where many fresh and unique fishes are caught. Japanese

cuisines using local delicacies is also reccomended


Sake breweries

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.


Yanagawa Sagemon Festival

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




General information  

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)

Transportation Nishitetsu train
Population 66,000   Population density 850


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