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HOST COUNTRY

FUKUOKA ITINERARY 3

Yanagawa moat voyage and eel cuisine course

    • Day 1

      Fukuokakūkō Station
      Nishi - Nippon Railroad
      Nishitetsu-Yanagawa Station
      Walking

      Yanagawa Castle Moat Gate

      One of the three sluice gates that lead from the Futatsu River into the Yanagawa Castle grounds, this gate is a massive masonry structure built for the defense of the castle. This gate was a vital point of Yanagawa Castle, which is known as a “castle of water”: the water gate could be closed in an emergency, causing the Yabe River to burst through its levees upstream and flood everything in the vicinity other than the castle town.
      Address35 Shinmachi, Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture

      Images: Brought to you by the Yanagawa Board of Education

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      Walking

      Karatachi Writers' Footbath

      This foot spa, which can be used by up to 70 people at once, runs along the downstream course and features informative panels about Hakushu Kitahara, Kazuo Dan, Ken Hase, and other writers associated with Yanagawa. Entry is free, making this the perfect spot to take a rest after you’ve been wandering around.
      Address9 Yashiromachi, Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture
      TAXI
      Hotel in Yanagawa
    • Day 2

      Hotel in Yanagawa
      TAXI

      Ohana

      The history of Ohana began in 1738. Sadayoshi Tachibana, the fifth lord of the Yanagawa clan, built a second residence where he could take a rest from the affairs of governance and spend quiet time with his family on this land, which was then called “ohanabatake” (“field of alpine flowers”). At the start of the Meiji era, the Tachibana lineage became an earldom, and a home was completed here in a new, blended Western/Japanese style for the Earl Tachibana’s family. Additionally, the beautiful Shoto-en park was established with 280 pine trees. Following World War II, the formerly aristocratic family was impoverished and its then-head Kazuo and his wife Fumiko gave the former earl’s residence a fresh start as a traditional Japanese restaurant and inn. Although they struggled at first, Ohana ultimately became a sightseeing spot in riverside Yanagawa, and the historic Ohana now earns its reputation as a venue for weddings as well as an inn.
      Address1 Shinhokamachi, Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture
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      Mihashira Shrine

      Three deified figures are enshrined here: the first lord of the Tachibana clan Muneshige Tachibana, his wife, and his father-in-law Dosetsu Bekki. The tower gate is modeled after the Yomei Gate at Nikko Toshogu, its cloister is modeled after Itsukushima in Aki (now Hiroshima), and there are other elements by skilled artisans. The shrine hall’s grand and solemn appearance and the tree-shaded grounds make this shrine one of riverside Yanagawa’s most famous places.
      Address323-1 Mitsuhashimachi Takahatake, Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture
      Walking

      Yanagawa Castle Ruins

      Yanagawa Castle is a famous castle built to exploit the advantage of water in the Eiroku period. Constructed by Akimori Kamachi, a member of a notable Chikugo family, the castle endured for over 300 years as a strong fortress encircled by waterways. However, a fire of unknown cause destroyed it in 1872; today, only the boundary stones and walls built at the four corners of the castle moat remain as the ruins of Yanagawa Castle. These now lie atop a low hill on the grounds of the Ryujo Junior High School: the stone wall of the former castle tower is familiar to locals by the nickname “Stash Mountain.”
      AddressHonjomachi, Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture

      Images: Brought to you by the Yanagawa Board of Education

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      Walking

      Explore the Deep Fukuoka, City of Waterways!

      In this tour, you will ride a boat and enjoy the view of Yanagawa. You will also visit Ohana and Shoto-en, a villa and a Japanese garden built by the feudal lord of the Tachibana Family. You will also have time for shopping at the end!
      Walking
      Hotel in Yanagawa
    • Day 3

      Hotel in Yanagawa
      TAXI
      Lunch in Yanagawa
      Walking

      Old Toshima Family Residence

      The Old Toshima Family Residence is a reed-thatched, two-story building constructed together with a garden in 1828 as the retirement residence of Kanetomo Yoshida, who served an important office in his middle age in the Yanagawa clan. Afterwards, it was presented to the Tachibana family which headed the clan and is said to have been used as the clan’s tea house. Elements of the Sukiya style are seen throughout, and along with its garden, which has a canal-fed pond, the residence creates a tasteful and restrained space.
      Address49-3 Ondomachi, Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture
      Walking

      Hakushu Hall

      This space seeks to restore the home that Hakushu Kitahara once lived in. It was unfortunately destroyed in a large fire. It is a great way to experience what life was like in Japan in those days.
      Hakushu’s home, preserved on site, also contains a memorial hall at which you can see various items on display pertaining to his life and to the folklore of Yanagawa.
      Address55-1 Okinohatamachi, Yanagawa-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
      Walking
      Dinner in Yanagawa
      TAXI
      Nishitetsu-Yanagawa Station
      Nishi - Nippon Railroad
      Nishitetsu-Fukuoka Station

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