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Welcome to Yanagawa Kawakudari!

Welcome to Yanagawa Kawakudari!

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Yanagawa "Kawakudari" (going downstream) is a punt tour of the waterways in Yanagawa ramified across the city like a mesh including the old castle's moat.

The wide and narrow waterways' network spans a total length of about 470km forming a unique landscape of the water district called "Suigo". This atmospheric beauty inspired a great poet Kitahara Hakushu born and raised in Yanagawa, and the landscape has been adored by many later literati and artists following Hakushu.

This precious historic heritage was formed in the course of people living and prospering together with water. Preventing inland flood by temporarily storing rain water during stormy seasons and supplying water for agricultural use or in case of fire fighting, the waterways are deeply connected to people's daily life in Yanagawa to this day.

Our punt tours start from Shogetsu Punting Station and end at Ohana (or Okinohata area) , about 4km in distance, passing through the old castle's water gate and calmly winding downstream for fulfilling 60 minutes.

Enjoy the relaxing ride and beautiful surroundings of our punt tours in Yanagawa!

Punt Tour Information

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Our Location

Shogetsu Punting Station
c/o Yanagawa Kanko Kaihatsu K.K.
Mitsuhashimachi Takahatake 329
Yanagawa, Fukuoka 832-0826, Japan
(MAPCODE: 69 875 573*40)
Tel: +81 (944) 72 6177

Parking
  • No. 1 Free Parking (Tachibana Street)
    Mitsuhashimachi Fujiyoshi 536-7
    (MAPCODE: 69 875 543*27)
  • No. 2 Free Parking (Takahatake Park)
    Mitsuhashimachi Takahatake 325
    (MAPCODE: 69 875 693*20)

Business Hours

9:30-16:30 (every day)

Shared Punt Tour (9:30-16:30) ... RESERVATION NOT REQUIRED

The boat is shared by other customers. The course is fixed to one way from our Shogetsu Punting Station to Ohana. The boat starts every 30 minutes between 9:40 and 16:40 everyday. Tour duration is about 60 minutes.

Prices

Adults JPY1,600
Child (6-11yrs) JPY800
Baby/Child (5 yrs and under) Free

See below for discounts.

Private Punt Tour (9:30-16:30) ... RESERVATION REQUIRED

A private tour offers you the exclusive boat of yours. The course is same as Shared Punt Tour, but you can choose other courses (reverse, halfway-round or your own) in option. You can also choose cushion-seated boat in option. The boat starts at any time you like between 9:30 and 16:30 everyday. Tour duration is about 60 minutes (or even less if you like).

Prices

Type of Boat Per boat up to
6 persons
Per additional person
over 6 persons
Standard Boat
(Max 22 persons in one boat)
JPY12,000 JPY1,600
Cushion-Seated Boat
(Max 6 persons in one boat)
JPY14,000 N/A

No discount is applicable.
(You can use Nishitetsu Train Ticket Value Packs, in which case you will be required to pay the difference between Shared Punt Tour and Private Punt Tour at our ticket counter.)

Private Punt Night Tour (17:00-19:00) ... RESERVATION REQUIRED

The boat starts at any time you like between 17:00 and 19:00 everyday. Otherwise same as Private Punt Tour.

Prices

Type of Boat Per boat up to
6 persons
Per additional person
over 6 persons
Standard Boat
(Max 22 persons in one boat)
JPY13,200 JPY1,760
Cushion-Seated Boat
(Max 6 persons in one boat)
JPY15,200 N/A

No discount is applicable.
(You can use Nishitetsu Train Ticket Value Packs, in which case you will be required to pay the difference between Shared Punt Tour and Private Punt Night Tour at our ticket counter.)

Free Shuttle Bus

For your return after you get off the boat, our free shuttle bus is available at 12:00/13:00/14:00/15:00/16:00/17:00 from our "Rokkyu" restaurant (near end of course) back to Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station or Shogetsu Punting Station (start of course). You can also take a taxi at taxi pool in front of “Ohana” (about JPY1,200/car to Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station) or regular bus from "Ohana-mae" bus stop (JPY210/person to Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station).

Discounts

At our ticket counter, please show your website discount coupon in print or on you mobile screen and you will get 10% discount for you and your group. Applicable to Shared Punt Tour only.

Nishitetsu Train Ticket Value Packs

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OneDay Journey Series

Nishitetsu train round-trip ticket + Our Shared Punt Tour ticket + Yanagawa local specialties lunch ticket
Adults: JPY5,150, Children: N/A from Fukuoka (Tenjin)
Also available from other major stations.

Nishitetsu train round-trip ticket (via Dazaifu) + Our Shared Punt Tour ticket
Adults: JPY2,930, Children: JPY1,420 from Fukuoka (Tenjin)
Also available from Yakuin station.

Nishitetsu train round-trip ticket + Our Shared Punt Tour ticket + "Kanpo no Yado" hot spring admission ticket
Adults: JPY3,170, Children: JPY1,640 from Fukuoka (Tenjin)
Also available from other major stations.

Nishitetsu web site

Access

Nishitetsu Train

Take a limited express train of Tenjin-Omuta Line and get off at Nishitetsu Yanagawa. It takes about 45 minutes from Fukuoka (Tenjin), 15 minutes from Nishitetsu Kurume and 15 minutes from Omuta. Frequency is every 30 minutes during the daytime.
After you get off at Nishitetsu Yanagawa, please visit our information counter located in the station and we will guide you to our place. Our free shuttle bus from the station is available during the daytime. Our place is located within 5 minute walk from the station.

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JR Train
Kyushu Shinkansen Line:

Take Tsubame train and get off at Chikugo-Funagoya. It takes about 27 minutes from Hakata (Fukuoka), 7 minutes from Kurume, 23 minutes from Kumamoto and 94 minutes from Kagoshima (via Kumamto). Frequency is about every 1 hour during the daytime.
No fixed-route bus, but only taxi is available.It takes about 20 minutes (9km) by car from the station to our place.

Kagoshima Line:

Take a rapid train and get off at Setaka. It takes about 52 minutes from Hakata (Fukuoka), 16 minutes from Kurume and 10 minutes from Omuta. Frequency is about every 20-40 minutes during the daytime.
Fixed-route bus is available from JR Setaka station to Nishitetsu Yanagawa station. Taxi is also available. It takes about 15 minutes (7km) by car from the station to our place.

Airport
Fukuoka Airport:
  • Subway/taxi/bus to Nishitetsu Tenjin station or JR Hakata station available. Then, take Nishitetsu train or JR train as above.
  • Airport limousine bus to Nishitetsu Kurume station available. Then, take Nishitetsu train as above.
  • It takes about 75 minutes (68 km) by car via Highway from the airport to our place.
Saga Airport:
  • Airport limousine taxi to Yanagawa area and regular taxi available.
  • It takes about 30 minutes (18 km) by car from the airport to our place.

Highway

Exit at Miyama-Yanagawa of Kyushu Highway, from where it takes about 20 minutes (10km) to our place.
From Nagasaki, exit at Saga-Yamato of Nagasaki Highway, from where it takes about 50 minutes (25km).

Click here to find our parking for your car navigation.

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City Information

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Yanagawa Kanko Kaihatsu K.K.,  329, Mitsuhashimachi Takahatake, Yanagawa, Fukuoka 832-0826, Japan,  TEL 81-944-72-6177  Fax 81-944-72-1000