Itinerary Guide: Take a Boat Ride Around This Beautiful Town in Kyushu

Feel the cool evening breeze upon your face.

Many shops and establishments in Kyushu are coming up with their own creative ways to beat the summer heat. With the region’s abundant nature and water resources, it’s so much easier to stay cool in the hot weather. 

Around the Chikugo and Yanagawa area, you can try your hand at making cider using hot spring water and enjoy the carbonated foot bath that’s only available this summer. In the late afternoon, you can also ride a boat to go sightseeing around the area. Sound like a plan?

Here’s a list of activities you shouldn’t miss out on in Kyushu!

Try the rich carbonated water at Funagoya Kosenba.

Funagoya Kosenba (Funagoya Mineral Spring), natural and rich carbonated water with high iron content is available here for drinking 24/7. The establishment extracts the water from Funagoya hot spring’s sacred fountain located in the shrine inside. This summer, a carbonated foot bath is also offered for guests to enjoy during their stay there. 

The place serves fizzy, carbonated hot spring water for drinking. 

The carbonated water isn’t too strong and contains iron, making it healthy and easy to drink. 

Try making natural cider!

Funagoya Kosenba is located at 457-1 Oshima, Chikugo City, Fukuoka. You may contact the Chikugo City Tourism Association for more information at +81-942-53-4229.

Beat the heat with Kabashima Hyouka’s sweet ice cream. 

Handmade ice candy, made with Fukuoka’s local agricultural products, is sold at Kabashima Hyouka
 for ¥130 each. The ingredients of these summer coolers include Yame tea, Amaou, and privately cultivated mangoes. Aside from this, the shop’s gelato cups are also bestsellers.

You can taste the natural flavors of the season’s fruits in the ice candy. 

The cute hippo logo is the brand’s trademark. 

Kabashima Hyouka is located at 53-2 Honjomachi, Yanagawa City, Fukuoka and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m daily except Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-944-74-5333.

Choose from a wide variety of local drinks at Nagata Kosenjo.

Nagata Kosenjo lets you have first-hand experience of pumping carbonated mineral spring water. You can either taste test the water for free or bring plastic bottles and pay to collect water at the facility. At the nearby Nagata Kosen Fureaikan, there is a footbath which you can enjoy as well.

Chill the water before drinking or mix it with plum wine, shochu, or fruit vinegar. 


Some of Kyushu’s local drinks are sold here. 

Its traditional exterior serves as the landmark of the establishment. 

Nagata Kosenjo is located at 2632 Setakamachi Nagata, Miyama City, Fukuoka and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (schedules may vary). You may contact Tanaka Youkan Honpo for more information at +81-942-52-3224.

Have your fill of Chikugo udon at Menraku.

is a famous Chikugo udon restaurant. They’re known for serving Chandon (¥780)—a dish made of mixed noodles, stir-fried vegetables, and seafood. On top of this, the restaurant also offers Salad Udon (¥630), Yamakake (grated yam) Udon (¥650), and other dishes that help beat the summer heat. 

Chikugo udon

The Yamakake Udon has a rich soup base. Its yam and egg stick to the noodles when being eaten. 

The restaurant is a two-minute car ride from the Kyushu Expressway Yame IC. It is found along the Prefectural Road 96.

Menraku is located at 135-1 Nagahama, Chikugo City, Fukuoka and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Sundays when it’s open until 7:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed every Tuesday. You may contact them at +81-942-53-0126.

Go on a boat ride along Yanagawa Downstream.

The tourism highlight of Yanagawa is its downstream cruise. Hanging lanterns illuminate the boats at night and add to the magical atmosphere of the river.

During the summer season, it is recommended to take the boat ride on a late afternoon or during the sunset. You’ll have to make prior reservations to ride the boat, so make sure to contact ahead of time. 

The cruise starts in the afternoon and ends by sunset. 

Yanagawa Downstream is located at 329 Mitsuhashimachi Takahatake, Yanagawa City, Fukuoka and is open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Reservations are necessary). A boat rental costs ¥13,200.
For groups with more than seven participants, each additional member costs ¥1,760 each. You may contact Yanagawa Kanko Kaihatsu at +81-944-72-6177.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (7 August 2019)

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