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Cool Fukuoka

CoolFukuoka

Bringing you fantastic Fukuoka through the eyes of foreigners living in the Prefecture and the fun places they want their family and friends from throughout the world to come and visit.

Yanagawa Area

Located the southwest part of Fukuoka prefecture is the city of Yanagawa, which once prospered as a castle town. The city is crisscrossed with canals lined with cherry and willow trees, and along these waterways you can ride boats known as “donko-bune”, a popular tourist attraction for visitors from Japan and abroad. Adjacent to the Ariake Sea, the city is also a base for a prosperous fishing industry. These tidal flats boast Japan’s biggest tidal range. It is the habitat for unique marine life such as mutsugoro (mudskippers), a type of sole known as kuzzoko, asari shortneck clams, tairagi (fan mussels) etc.

Yoake Chaya

Yanagawa is renowned for its local cuisine which uses eel goby and mudskippers and other such marine life with unique visual features. You can also buy some at the shop. The kuzzoko really looks like a shoe sole, and it is a regular stew dish. Even sea anemone is also on the menu in Yanagawa. There is a lot of unique cuisine and linguistic culture to surprise you in Yanagawa.

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Yoake Chaya(Japanese text only)
   (94-1 Inari-machi Yanagawa-shi Tel. 0944-72-5321)

Ariake Sea Lookout

This hidden spot offers a 180 degree view of the horizon over the Ariake Sea. After passing the vast rice fields and climbing up the embankment you can gaze at the peaceful sea for as far as the eye can see. The wide tidal range of the Ariake Sea makes for rich nori (seaweed) cultivation, and off the coastline you can see the mirage-like scene of seaweed farming poles in lines. It is a favorite spot for locals to catch the sunset, especially when sunset and low tide combine. The traditional fishing method of kumode-ami – scooping up fish with a net – takes advantage of the Ariake Sea’s natural features. The scene of an oar used to fish with this method is typically Japanese, but even for a foreigner like myself it feels very nostalgic. Time passes slowly around here.

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●Ariake Sea Lookout
  (Hashimoto-machi Yanagawa-shi)

The Ono Eijio Estate

Taking a boat through the canals of Yanagawa you can enjoy not only the scenery, but the songs of the boat driver and the intonation of the local dialect. Riding on the boat for a short while you will hear the boat driver start talking about John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono. Why do they enter the conversation you may ask? Yoko Ono’s grandfather Eijiro Ono was the fourth president of the Industrial Bank of Japan, and this banking family had an estate in Yanagawa. The heavy gates of a samurai residence remain, and Yanagawa City plans to restore the estate as a tourist destination. It is surprising how world famous people become topics on the donko-bune boats.

●The Ono Eijio Estate
   (52 Shinhoka-machi Yanagawa-shi)
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The Hakushu Festival Water Parade is held over 3 days with the middle day November 2, being the anniversary of the passing away of the famous Yanagawa poet Hakushu Kitagawa. From 6pm approximately 80 donko-bune boats travel around the city’s waterways stopping at the special stages along the way to see koto and festival music performances, choirs, Japanese taiko drum troupes and gagaku Japanese court music performances. Along the waterways the people of Yanagawa set off fireworks and build bonfires to welcome visitors, and the night finishes off with a climactic 1,000 fireworks illuminating the skies above Yanagawa.

【Dates】

*3 days November 1 to 3 annually
November 1 (Tue) to 3 (Thu/Public holiday), 2016

【Access】

10 minutes on foot from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station

【Enquiries】

Yanagawa City Tourist Association 35 Okinohata-machi Yanagawa-shi 832-0065 ☎0944-73-2145

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