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.
●Highlight of Yanagawa
●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. Enjoy a leisurely cruise
along the streets and houses which still retain some remnants
of castle town, hearing the boatman’s explanation of the
history and landscape of Yanagawa. more ...
●Where to visit
●Ohana and Syotoen Garden 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 in Sendai.
It was extensively renovated in 1908 to 1910. more ...
●Birthplace of Hakushu Kitahara Yanagawa is the birthplace of great poetHakushu Kitahara, whose accomplishments are marked by a memorial park
and the many stone monuments bearing his works placed
throughout the city. more ...
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, Each
display of “Sagemon” represents parents’ wishes for their
girls to grow into beautiful, strong, and proud women. more ...
● Regional cuisines
●Unagi (eel ) cuisine
Steamed Unagi and Grilled Unagi