What to do and see in Yanagawa, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

July 15, 2017 Christa Meece

Yanagawa is a city located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. As of April 30, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 71,848, with 24,507 households and a population density of 934.55 persons per km². The total area is 76.88 km².
Restaurants in Yanagawa

1. Yanagawa River Boat

Takahata, Yanagawa 832-0065, Fukuoka Prefecture
Excellent
37%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 127 reviews

Yanagawa River Boat

Reviewed By Cheong C - Singapore, Singapore

I came at the best timing when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. There are also plum and peach blossoms along the canal banks. It was a fairly cloudy day and the temperature was around 17 degrees, it was cooling and comfortable.
The hour long boat ride was very enjoyable and serene. It was also very fascinating to see so many types of plants and flowers along the way. The bonus was seeing a snake resting on the branch of a trees, less than a metre away from our boat. Some women on the boat were totally freaked out.
The free shuttle bus provided by the boat company was full load, so do arrive early to ensure that you can board the bus, especially the last bus.
There are four boats company to choose from, so come and shop around first before deciding which one to pick. I chose the one next to the bridge, with rows of cherry blossoms, just because the boat boarding point is so instagram worthy. Hahaha...

2. Yanagawa Ohana

1 Shinhokamachi, Yanagawa 832-0069, Fukuoka Prefecture +81 944-73-2189
Excellent
20%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 116 reviews

Yanagawa Ohana

Reviewed By GGHolliday - Hong Kong, China

Dropped by for lunch in this famous old house. It was a western-style manor house with Japanese garden. 500 yen admission fee per person was needed even as restaurant clients. Might as well tour around while waiting for food to be served. Restaurant food was average, got a free drink coupon given by the canal boat tour. There was also a museum near the entrance. Then rushed back to catch the free shuttle bus to meet our own schedule.

3. Hakushu Memorial Museum

55-1 Okinohatamachi, Yanagawa 832-0065, Fukuoka Prefecture +81 944-73-8940
Excellent
13%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 72 reviews

Hakushu Memorial Museum

Reviewed By iskating - Honolulu, Hawaii

This attraction is likely more significant to the Japanese. However, you do get a view of how the locals used to live during his time. If you are in the area, the small fee is worth your time to learn about the person and his writings.

4. Yanagawa Dolls’ Festival Sagemon Meguri

Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture
Excellent
45%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Yanagawa Dolls’ Festival Sagemon Meguri

Sagemon is a decorating custom originating in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture expressing a wish for sound health and decent suitors for girls. Red and white cloths are wrapped around bamboo rings to make seven ornaments each with seven strings, and then placed around two Yanagawa balls in the center. This total of 51 decorations signifies an old tradition of wishing for one more year of life when a normal life span was thought to be 50 years. The Yanagawa Dolls' Festival Sagemon Meguri is held from February to April, during which a number of events take place, including a doll festival, aquatic doll parade, and a festival in which paper dolls are floated down the river.

Reviewed By Quack H - HONG KONG

Me and friend were lucky and we saw the water parade on 19thMarch. The water parade and the Doll's Festival were fantastic!

5. Yanagawa Castle Moat Water Gate

Shinmachi, Yanagawa 832-0032, Fukuoka Prefecture
Excellent
6%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
39%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 43 reviews

Yanagawa Castle Moat Water Gate

Reviewed By ggm_hk - HONG KONG

As charmingly featured in Nobuyoshi Araki's photos, we have been looking forward to being in Yanagawa for a long time. This place is really worth visiting. Its famous cruising is definitely worth trying, while you also may walk along the canals according to the map available at the railway station. Walking here is so fun as we did in Venice(Italy). If you have no problem with eating grilled Japanese eel with rice, just try it!

6. Shoto Garden

1 Shinhokamachi, Yanagawa 832-0069, Fukuoka Prefecture
Excellent
19%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Shoto Garden

Reviewed By Meiz - Singapore, Singapore

Great place to snap a family pic though. For a family garden, it is pretty but not fabulous for a visit. Worth a look though since we already traveled all the way to Yanagawa.

7. Former Toshima House

49-3 Ondomachi, Yanagawa 832-0067, Fukuoka Prefecture
Excellent
31%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
43%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Former Toshima House

Reviewed By mimo38

ちょうどさげもんの時期で邸内におおぶりのさげもんと、段飾りの雛人形が飾られていました。板戸に漢詩や絵、竹を使った意匠、網戸を備えた棚(食べ物を入れていた?)、掘から水を引いた池のある庭など、こぶりな家ながらみどころもたくさんありました。しかも入場料は100円。場所がちょっと観光の中心部から離れているためか、観光客も少なくてとてもゆったりと見学できました。お勧めです!

8. Mihashira Shrine

323-1 Mitsuhashimachi Takahatake, Yanagawa 832-0826, Fukuoka Prefecture +81 944-72-3883
Excellent
7%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 27 reviews

Mihashira Shrine

Reviewed By hfot2 - Vermont

We came upon the shrine after deciding that we had had enough of strolling along the canals.
The parklike setting, the pond, the buildings - all very lovely.
There were only few people there - two old men relaxing by the pond and several worshippers stopping briefly before moving on. Several women were sweeping the pathways.
We had the place almost completely to ourselves and thoroughly enjoyed wandering around.

9. Ariake Sea Fireworks

Mutsugoro Land, Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture +81 70-7611-8327
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Ariake Sea Fireworks

This fireworks display is held in the city of Yanagawa, facing the bay on the Ariake Sea. The launching site and viewing area are very close to each other, giving a feeling that the large fireworks are even bigger. The greatest highlights of the show are the "Sky Niagara Yanagawa Special" that travels about one kilometer, and the starmine viewed at a wide angle. In addition to the usual venue, barbecue seats are available for a fee, and tons of fun can be had in the evening before the show at various shops and events.

Reviewed By Kimitaka S

I went Ariake Sea Fireworks 2017. It was very nice, because there is enough space for everybody to sit down on grass and relax. But the problem is the access. You should take a free shuttle bus from the downtown Yanagawa, but the capacity of this bus is quite limited. After the fireworks were over, I had to wait more than 90 minutes to take the bus. I almost missed my last train.

10. Nakayama Oto Festival

Around Nakayama Kumano Shrine, Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture
Excellent
44%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Nakayama Oto Festival

Reviewed By のんびり巡り - Minato, Japan

享保年間に大阪の野田の藤を持ち帰り、植えたのが起源のよう。
現在熊野神社境内に約350坪の棚があり、毎年130−140cmの花が咲きます。
藤棚の下を歩くと、肩まで届く藤の花と香りに包まれ良い香りに感動しました。
4-5月の期間中10万人を超える見物客で賑います。
藤棚がこんなにキレイだとはと思わされる藤が観れます。

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