Welcomed by willows, riding the bright red boat, our river ride started.
Yanagawa city is known as the riverside town. It is located at the southwest area of Chikugo region.
The biggest landmark of Yanagawa is this boat tour.
We visit a castle constructed 400 years ago.
We cruise to know a moat trenched artificially about 410 year ago when Yanagawa castle was constructed.
Narrow waterways and low bridges are built everywhere to prevent the advancing of the enemy.
Everyone lowers their body and passes between the narrow bridge tunnel during large volumes of water and enjoy the sense of adventure in it.
It does not only serve as a fortress. It is also used as water for agriculture and fire protection, but also plays an important role directly with the lives of the civilians.
This moat is also a historical valuable asset of Yanagawa formed among the ancient people who are living harmoniously with water.
The informative landscape as seen from the ship.
Tsurumiso was founded in 1870.
The warehouse which was built with red bricks from the late Meiji period until the Taisho period remains intact.
It is popularly known as “Namikura”, and it has been popular with tourists as one of the landscapes of Yanagawa.
While it is actively being used as a miso storage, it was designated as a a registered cultural property of the country as a modern Heritage Site in year 2000.
The second half of the river is the green tunnel.
Ships traveling comfortably in the center surrounded by trees of green lush on both sides.
While feeling the breeze, the perfect landscape will heal your deprived mind involuntarily.
Yanagawa poet Hakushu Kitahara wrote:
In my water town, I punt up a stream
Under the evening cloud
To hear the grebes twitter in their floating nest.
The romantic feeling of the water might have fostered the poet Hakushu Kitahara.
Watch its seasonally changing faces
Also, you can see the faces of all four seasons in Yanagawa.
Such as cherry blossoms in spring, colored leaves in autumn, and the kotatsu (Japanese foot warmer) heated boat with a bowl of mandarin oranges served.
It is the charm of boating on the Yanagawa that you can go in any season, so you will want to go in all the seasons after all.
Soak up the historical atmosphere.
At the terminal of going down stream is old Yanagawa feudal lord Tachibana’s house.
The popular name is “Ohana (Flower).”
The officially-designated historical site, Shotoen was maintained in 1910 by the 14th count, Kanji Tachibana. As shows its name, it is the garden with a pond surrounded by black pine trees. It is a garden to enjoy the superb outlook from a parlor.
It may be good to immerse yourself in the historical atmosphere with the lapse of relaxing time.
Let’s lick your lips with typical foods of Yangawa!
Steamed eel is one of the delicacies of Yanagawa.
Grilled eel placed on omelet slivers steamed in a bamboo steamer placed on top of rice seasoned with thick sauce.
The taste of the eel doubles with the steaming it together with the rice.
It is a very soft eating experience.
There are 10 stores with their own secret grilling and steaming techniques that are competing on the taste.
It can also be fun trying them all out.