A Day Trip to Yanagawa
A while ago, I was lucky enough to visit Yanagawa for a day with my girlfriend.
Before this trip, the furthest away I had been from Chiyo is Meinohama, so I was pretty excited to get a bit further out of the city.
The journey itself was nice and relaxing, just sitting on the train, watching the beautiful countryside as it passed by.
I hadn’t eaten breakfast that day, so we immediately headed to an Eel restaurant that my girlfriend knew about. I’ve eaten eel before, but only in Australia, so this was my first Japanese experience with eating eel.
I have to say, you can’t even compare the two. The eel I had eaten in Australia was certainly good, but it was nothing compared the restaurant I visited in Yanagawa.
We ate two different types of eel and various vegetables. All were delicious, and I definitely want to visit again!
One thing that I was a little worried about was the small pile of eel bones that was in a small dish. I thought that eating them might have a risk of injuring my throat, as normal fish bones can do, but to my surprise, even the bones tasted great!
After we finished eating, we headed to what Yanagawa is most famous for, the boat rides down the river.This was one of the most relaxing things I have done in Fukuoka.
The most impressive thing about it all was the guide. My guess is that he was around 70+ years old, and he steered this boat for the full hour without a single issue. At the same time, he talked about the history of Yanagawa and even about the flowers that we saw during the trip. I couldn’t understand half of it, but that didn’t matter. I was having too much fun.
The highlight of the boat ride was definitely going underneath the bridges. The boatman would duck down and begin to sing, and everyone on the boat would get into it!
They mentioned that you can book a boat ride in the evening, with candles lighting the river. I will definitely be visiting Yanagawa again for one of these evening boat rides.
Once we had eaten the delicious eel and rode the riverboats, there wasn’t that much else to do in Yanagawa, so for a few hours, we just walked around Yanagawa.
All in all, Yanagawa is a beautiful place that I definitely want to visit again. If you haven’t been to Yanagawa before, I definitely recommend it for a day trip!
It costs around 1700 yen for the train, 3000 yen for a meal and around 1000 yen for the boatride. Fairly cheap for an entire day of entertainment!