A beautiful canal town Yanagawa
The Canal boat cruise can be enjoyed while experience the
atmospheres of Japanese castle town and rural Japanese
life style. The estuary town facing the Ariake Sea through
the Chikugo River and Yabe River. People started to live
here since ancient times and the agriculture and fishery
have been engaged in by making Horiwari literary means
the artificial canal. Surprisingly, 60km lengh canal in total
was constructed in the town of Yanagawa and the Yanagawa
prospered as a castle town because the canals were used for
the moats, which was the protection of enemy during Edo period.
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. Enjoy a leisurely cruise
along the streets and houses which still retain some remnants
of castle town. more ...
Listed on National Scenic Landmark, was built in 1697 as
the villa of the Fourth Lord Tachibana Akitora. The garden
itself spread out over 3300 square meters and is laid out in
such a way as to evoke the image of Matsushima. more ...