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Yanagawa, the Venice of Kyushu

Writer : Akira Kato

Destination Spot – Yanagawa, Kyushu – Ferryboats

Yanagawa is a peaceful town, where riverboats come and go and the faint sound of water lapping against boats skillfully maneuvered by ferrymen can be heard.

peaceful town,Yanagawa
peaceful town,Yanagawa

peaceful town,Yanagawa

Around 410 years ago, Yanagawa Castle’s defenses were fortified with moats. This is also when Yanagawa Town, the area surrounding the castle, was developed.
A variety of mechanisms and safeguards from that time, such as irrigation systems and flood controls, still remain in Yanagawa Town today.

Yanagawa, Kyushu – Ferryboats

There are boat rides that take passengers, even just a single person, without needing a reservation. I decided to try out one of these rides.

The ferryman slowly and skillfully directed the boat down the narrow canals while singing a boating song. The canals are slightly below ground level, and I was moved by the beauty of the view from the boat.

The ferryman slowly and skillfully directed the boat down the narrow canals while singing a boating song.
The ferryman slowly and skillfully directed the boat down the narrow canals while singing a boating song.

Yanagawa, Ferryboats, Basic Information

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Boarding Information of Ferryboats

Boarding Information
Tickets available at the Shogetsu Punting Station ticket window. No reservation necessary.
Shogetsu Punting Station Address
329 Mitsuhashimachi Takahatake, Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture
Departure Times
From 9:00 until 17:00, every 10 minutes and 40 minutes past the hour.
Duration
Around 60-70 minutes. The course is about 4.5 kilometers long.
Prices
Adults 1600 yen. Children (6-11 years old) 800 yen. Children 5 and under free.
WEB
URL(English)
MAP
View the map

※At 17:00, last departure is at 30 minutes past the hour

Photos of Yanagawa, Ferryboats

Yanagawa, Ferryboats
Yanagawa, Ferryboats
Yanagawa, Ferryboats
Yanagawa, Ferryboats
Yanagawa, Ferryboats
Yanagawa, Ferryboats
Yanagawa, Ferryboats
Yanagawa, Ferryboats
Yanagawa, Ferryboats