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Fukuoka | 6.5h
A Tour to Explore the Culture Supported by a River!
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Meet the Japanese traditional craftsmen technique.


You will visit two different rivers and have an experience unique to these areas!
First, we will hit the Okawa area. this area is famous for its beautiful woodcrafts and wooden furniture since the river in this area was used to transport wood. You will be surprised by the elaborate technique that is also adapted to a luxury train. Craftsmen at Okawa started to make furniture not only for human but also for cats, which has recently become famous across Japan.
Next, you will visit Yanagawa area and get on a boat to travel through the river! Your otomo guide will translate the captain’s explanation! The chilling boat trip and foot bathing after the trip will make you relax!

Highlights


・Appreciate the Japanese traditional craftsmen’s technique such as “Okawa Kumiko”, woodcraft that has recently become famous, and “Okawa Kagu”, furniture brand famous for making furniture not only for human but also cats!
・Enjoy the dynamic movement of Chikugo River Lift Bridge!
・Travel through the river at a tasteful area popular among tourist: Yanagawa and try of the Japanese bathing style: foot bathing!

Attractions


・Yanagawa Station bicycle rentals: You will rent a bicycle here to visit the spots efficiently and start your tour!
In case the weather is rain, No worries, we will use a bus to see all the spots!"
・Hiromatsu Furniture Inc.: A furniture maker established in 1950. The furniture they make extracts the beauty of the wood to its fullest and is famous not only in Japan but across the world! Appreciate the furniture produced by Japanese craftsmen’s technique!
・Chikugo River Lift Bridge: A bridge on Chikugo River that supports the daily life of locals. A part of the bridge lifts until it becomes vertical! Being there at the right time, you can walk to Saga, the prefecture next to Fukuoka! This bridge is also popular as a spot bringing a lack!
・Okawa TERRAZZA: A shop dealing with Okawa furniture and other woodcrafts which is located next to Chikugo River Lift Bridge. The coffee you drink while watching the bridge and river on the terrace of this shop is something special that you will like. You can make your own “Okawa Kumiko”, famous woodcraft unique to this area, so why not trying!
・Okawa Wood Work Museum: “Okawa Kumiko”, woodcraft unique to this area, are exhibited here. Some of them are just displayed as a piece of art, but others are also for sale! This woodcraft doesn’t use a nail at all! The beautiful shape is so popular that it was recently adopted by a famous hotel and luxury train!
・Yanagawa River Cruising: At the second half of the tour, you will visit the other city of a river, Yanagawa area! The boat trip at Yanagawa is a must to experience! You will like the beautiful view of the tasteful castle town and wild greenery. The gentle motion of the boat and narration of the captain will make you relax!
・“Karatachi Bunjin no Ashiyu”: You must be tired after cycling and walking a lot. Let’s try one of the Japanese bathing styles: foot bathing, and cure your fatigue!

Notes

・Please bring your passport since you will rent a bicycle on this tour and you need an ID to rent a bicycle.
・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves cycling.
・Please bring a towel to wipe your feet since you will foot bathing on this tour.
・If it rains, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat at resting spots.
・On Tuesdays "Hiromatsu Furniture Inc." and on Wednesdays "Okawa TERRAZZA" are closed. If any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location.

Expenses Not Included

The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
- Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 3,000)
- Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.

Meeting Point

At Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station



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