Excursion FOK1 - 6 Hours - £150pp
Yanagawa in the southwestern part of Fukuoka lies in a rural area near the mouth of the Chikugo-gawa River that empties into the Sea of Ariake. A cruise on a poled boat called “Donko” down the river is the chief attraction of this old castle town. The boat goes through the moat around the old Yanagawa Castle, with the willow trees on its banks reflecting in the water. As the boat slowly goes downstream, passengers can enjoy a view of red brick warehouses of the early 20th century and traditional Japanese-style storehouses with ‘namako’ walls, covered with square tiles jointed with raised plaster. The cruise takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Lunch is included at a typical Japanese restaurant.
After lunch a visit will be made to Nanzo-in Temple and the world’s largest lying bronze Buddha statue, “Nehanzou”, completed in September of 1995. Over one million people visit Nanzo-in Temple every year due to the Reclining Buddha's impressive dimensions: 41 metres in length, 11 metres in height, and weighing in at 300 tons.
- Panoramic city sightseeing by private charter coach
- Experienced and knowledgeable Japanese/English speaking guide
- River boat cruise
- Lunch and one soft drink
- Entrance to the Nanzo-in Temple