Yanagawa travel guide
A beautiful canal town Yanagawa
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.
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 cuisine using local delicacies is also reccomended.
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|