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Suigo Yanagawa River Descending (Suigo Yanagawa Kanko)

Yanagawa, Japan
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Suigo Yanagawa River Descending (Suigo Yanagawa Kanko)
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JW_Cal wrote a review May 2017
San Diego, California92 contributions36 helpful votes
If you choose the 1-hour boat ride be prepared for a warm trip. If the sun is out you will bake as the entire trip is in the sun. If you endure the ride, and you have no choice once you embark, you are treated to a mediocre Ellen lunch with 500 of your closest friends. The eel is smothered in sweet sauce to cover the low quality meat and arrives at your table in minutes. Save your money and your sunscreen. Pay for a high quality eel meal.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Adven-jude-rer wrote a review Sep 2016
Asia709 contributions80 helpful votes
The gondola trip is an attraction in Venice. Holding its own with its version of the singing oarsman, spiced further with anecdotes and jokes, is the Yanagawa boat ride. It starts conveniently enough. Near the main train station is the tourism/booking office where one can ask and pay for the tour and be subsequently brought by van to the docking station a short distance away. The fun begins when each batch of about ten-twelve passengers are ushered to the assigned boat manned by a local in traditional attire. Everyone sits on the floor of the vessel while the oarsman will use all human power to steer the boat with a single pole through the canals. Amazingly, the waters are clean and the route is lined with foliage which are aesthetically appealing. Either there was a grand design by horticulture experts or it`s just that way by nature . I couldn’t understand anything since the boatman was speaking in Nihongo. Yet, his enthusiastic delivery, melodic passages and humorous spirit kept all of us amused. At times, he will crouch low to pass under the bridges (no problem for us as we were sitting low enough) except for one water bridge wherein he jumped to the span and then leaped back to the boat, earning laughter from all of us for such antic. The scenes along the way are all pleasing since Yanagawa is very clean, picturesque and greenery-adorned. More than an hour later , we completed the enjoyable water journey at another docking station. Afterwards, we continued exploring the other land-based attractions of the city.
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Date of experience: January 2016
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Anuradha W wrote a review Jun 2016
Bhopal, India65 contributions16 helpful votes
Take rhe day pass at Tenjing station in Fukuoka to visit Yanagawa and Dazaifu. The river boat cruise is a part of the visit. A calm and peaceful ride wearing a Japanese hat down the river is a wonderful experience. You'll pass some beautiful houses and see Yoko Ono's family house on the way. If you are in the region, don't miss this trip!
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Date of experience: November 2015
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AkiNoRyu wrote a review Feb 2016
Los Angeles, California55 contributions8 helpful votes
I enjoyed the Yanagawa River Boat experience a lot. It's relaxing and quite entertaining. Our boatman was very pleasant and he even sang some traditional songs! I went in the winter time and they had kotatsus (low, heater tables covered by a comforter) in the river boat. I'm not sure if that's seasonal or available year-round. In any case, try the river boat when you get the chance! You'll be asked to take your shoes off in the vessel so plan on wearing some socks if you get cold easily.
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Date of experience: January 2016
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John C wrote a review Feb 2016
Quezon City, Philippines1625 contributions538 helpful votes
Took the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta limited express train to yanagawa in package for dazaifu and Yanagawa, which included a 70 minutes boat tour around the famous Yanagawa canal. The ride was so peaceful, with boatman pushing the boat by long bamboo. Boat seated about 10 person, with heated comforter to cover the legs to keep warm. We went under so many bridges, saw the life in Yanagawa, and the boatman entertaining us with old Japanese song, reminding me of my venice canal ride. After the ride, you should also try their favorite delicacy which is steam eel with rice. Only problem to this ride is the boatman speaking in Japanese only. There is a free shuttle from the train station also included in the package.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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