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A relaxing trip to Fukuoka's Yanagawa, the City of Water for 5,000JPY

April 24, 2019
NIPPON HODAI
Travel for 50 minutes by train from the center of Fukuoka and you will arrive at Yanagawa. Explore on boats the City of Water and spend a relaxing time there!

Breakfast near Tenjin Station

A café located between Nishitetsu-fukuoka (Tenjin) Station and Fukuoka Subway Tenjin Station. Have your breakfast at the terrace there! The shop opens early in the morning and there are economical morning sets to choose from.

Morning Dog with drinks 350JPY

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On foot 2 mins
SEATTLE'S BEST COFFEE 天神ビブレ店(SEATTLE'S BEST COFFEE)
福岡県福岡市中央区天神1-11-1 天神ビブレ1F
7:30am-10pm
Open all year round
http://www.seabest.co.jp/shop/area07.html#shop01
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Head towards the "City of Water" on sightseeing train

Buy the "Yanagawa Tokumori Ticket" at Nishitetsu-fukuoka (Tenjin) Station. Both the exterior and interior of the sightseeing train "Suito" are filled with elements of Yanagawa. Don't forget to get the seal stamp and the 6 types of commemorative cards!

Get on the train headed for Yanagawa that departs at 10am.

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Train: Nishitetsu Tenjin-omuta Line headed for Omuta
Nishitetsu-fukuoka (Tenjin)
⇩50 mins
Yanagawa
西鉄福岡(天神)駅(NISHITETU FUKUOKA(TENJIN) STA.)
福岡県福岡市中央区天神2-11
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Get on a shuttle bus and head to the boat boarding point

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After arriving at Yanagawa Station, go to the "Kawakudari Information Center" next to the 2F ticket gates or the one inside the Karatachi Shopping Street on 1F. The staff will be your guide on the free shuttle bus till arrival at the boat boarding point.

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Free Shuttle Bus
Nishitetsu-yanagawaeki
⇩3 mins
boat boarding point
西鉄柳川駅(NISHITETSU YANAGAWA STA.)
福岡県柳川市三橋町下百町
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Enjoy the streets of Yanagawa from small boats

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Hiroshi Suzukiさん(@hiroshi4523)がシェアした投稿 -

After arriving at Yanagawa River, start your journey along the river on small boats! The relaxing boat trip is a must-do for sightseeing in Yanagawa! Grab the chance to enjoy the view and atmosphere of the City of Water.

Fee 1,600JPY→Free if you show your pass!

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On foot
松月乗船場(Shogetsu Punting Station)
福岡県柳川市三橋町高畑329
9:40am-4:40pm
Open all year round
http://yanagawakk.co.jp/index_e.html
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Walk along the river

Go for a walk along the river after the boat trip for a different experience! You can have a look at the various souvenir shops or cafés there.

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On foot 10 mins
 

Sweets for souvenir

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You can find "Sakataya", a 100-year-old confectionery shop located beside the Kawakudari boat boarding point. We recommend "Marion", a sweet of Macadamia Nuts covered with Kinako-no-Rakugan (dry confection of starch) and sugar.

Marion 540JPY

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On foot 5 mins
坂田屋沖端店(SAKATAYA (OKINOHATA BRANCH))
福岡県柳川市 沖端町23
10am-5pm
Wed
http://sakataya.jp/index.html
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Enjoy lunch at the beautiful garden

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Enjoy the special lunch set including Yanagawa's specialty "Unagi Seiromushi (steamed eel)", Yanagawa Nabe and desserts at "Yanagawa Tachibana-tei Ohana". It is a unique experience to enjoy Japanese food together with the view of Japanese garden at a Samurai's mansion!

Admission 500JPY/ Lunch 3,500JPY→Free (included in the pass)
柳川藩主立花邸 御花 レストラン対月館(Tachibanatei Ohana)
福岡県柳川市新外町1
11am-3pm ( L.O. 2:30pm)
Open all year round
http://www.ohana.co.jp/restaurant/index.html
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Walk around the Samurai's mansion of "Tachibana-tei"

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After finishing lunch, walk slowly around "Tachibana-tei". You can find the 100-year-old guest hall "Seiyokan", the large Japanese hall "Ohiroma", the Japanese garden "Shotoen Garden" and so on. Spend some time to explore around!

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On foot 2 mins
柳川藩主立花邸 御花(TACHIBANATEI OHANA)
福岡県柳川市新外町1
9am – 6pm
Open all year round
http://www.ohana.co.jp/index_e.html
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Traditional cute ice candy

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Try the traditional and simple ice candy as well as Gelato at "Kabashima Hyoka". The bag with hippo print is also cute!

Ice Candy: 120JPY

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On foot 10 mins
椛島氷菓(KABASHIMA HYOUKA)
福岡県柳川市本城町53-2
11am-4pm
Wed,
http://www.kabajirushi.com/
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Relieve the fatigue of your feet at "Karatachi Bunjin no Ashiyu"

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A long~ foot bath that can be used by 70 people at one time. It is free of charge so why not go there for a short break?

Free of charge

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Taxi
Karatachi Bunjin no Ashiyu
⇩10 mins
Nishitetsu-yanagawa
からたち文人の足湯(KARATACHI BUNJIN NO ASHIYU)
福岡県柳川市弥四郎町9
10am - 6pm
Open all year round
http://www.yanagawa-net.com/eng/enjoy.html
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Get to Yanagawa Station by taxi

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Show your pass to get a 50JPY discount on taxi fare for a person! For a ride of two people, each person only need to pay for around 550JPY, so getting back to the Station by taxi may be a good option!

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On foot 1 min
 

Get some souvenirs at Takahashi Shoten

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You can get a trial pack of "YUZUSCO" if you show your pass at this shop! Tabasco made with yuzu can be used in various ways like on salads or pasta. It is a seasoning that is starting to gain popularity in Japan, so why not get one for souvenir?

YUZUSCO 540JPY

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Train: Nishitetsu Tenjin-omuta Line headed for Nishitetsu-fukuoka (Tenjin)
Nishitetsu-yanagawa
⇩50 mins
Nishitetsu-fukuoka (Tenjin)
高橋商店 西鉄柳川駅店(TAKAHASHI SHOTEN)
福岡県柳川市三橋町下百町53
9am-6pm
Open all year round
http://www.yuzusco.com/
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An early dinner at Tenjin

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"Hyotan Sushi" is a well-known Sushi shop in Fukuoka. Go there to have a taste of fresh fish from the sea of Fukuoka! The "Nigiri Sushi" made by chef there is a must-try!

Chef's Recommend Nigiri 2,000JPY
ひょうたん寿司(HYOTAN ZUSHI)
福岡市中央区 天神 2-10-20 2F , 3F
11:30am-3pm (L.O.2:30pm) / 5pm-9:30pm (L.O. 9pm)
Open all year round
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