Chikugo Area Route-1

Chikugo Area Route

【Route Length】Approx. 55 km
【Elevation】Approx. 90 m
Feel the history and culture of Chikugo, along with the aroma of tea on this route

It is a route that feels history and culture that runs along the beautiful Yanagawa waterway called Suigo, the green tea garden in Yame where the green spreads, and the traditional streets of Yame Fukushima that have continued since the Edo period. Depending on the season, you might be able to enjoy the green tea aroma during your ride on this flat, round-trip route that anyone will enjoy. 



*This information is accurate as of December 2019.

①Chocolate House Cocoro

Enjoy the Instagram-worthy sweets at this highly-rated shop that puts their "cocoro" (“heart”) into their chocolates.

②Yabe Riverside (Yabegawa Roman Kaido)

The Yabe River that flows gently all the way to the Ariake Sea has its headwaters in Yabe Village, Yame City. Enjoy beautiful vistas of Mt. Tobikata and the tranquil countryside as you cycle. In the spring, the river banks are covered with bright yellow canola flowers.

③Yame-shi Yokomachi Machiya Koryukan

Located in a repurposed Edo Period building that was originally a sake shop, this is a place that introduces the history and charming towns of Yame-Fukushima, and at the cafe, you can enjoy Yame's pride - "Yame Dento Hon Gyokuryo" green tea. There are also 3 different spaces that can be used either individually or by groups (for a fee).

④Yame Central Tea Garden

Fukuoka's famous brand green tea "Yame-cha", is produced at this tea garden that is spread out over a gentle, hilly slope. Enjoy views of the Yame cityscape, and on clear days, the Ariake Sea from the observation deck at the top of the hill. In the season for "shincha" new tea, you can sample and buy the new tea.

⑤Hirokawa Indigo Market / Sato Cafe Machiko no Oyatsu

At Hirokawa Indigo Market, there are lots of goods and local souvenirs on sale, including the famous Kurume "Kasuri" patterned fabrics and Yame green tea. It's also possible to get information on tours of the Kurume Kasuri ateliers. At Sato Cafe Machiko no Oyatsu, enjoy a selection of baked goods and light meals made with locally sourced Hirokawa produce. Take-out is also available. The restrooms are also quite spacious.

⑥Michi no Eki Oki Roadside Station

Enjoy the Kururun Yume Ichiba farmers market where you can buy high-quality products from Oki Town, and enjoy dishes made with carefully selected, premium ingredients from the market at Deli & Buffet Kururun. Get the latest info at the tourist information center, and take a relaxing break here.

⑦Yanagawa Tachibana-tei Ohana

Since the Edo Period, Ohana was the residence of the Tachibana family, the feudal lords of the Yanagawa clan. The whole property is currently designated as a national scenic spot named Tachibana-shi Teien, where many tourists come and visit.

⑧Michi no Eki Miyama Roadside Station

A market where "gamada-shimon" (a local Miyama word for a hard-working person) sell their wares. The most famous items are the pickles, celery, eggplant, strawberries, mandarin oranges, and seafood from the Ariake Sea. The food court offers soft-serve ice cream, freshly baked bread, cakes, and various deep-fried items.

⑨Mizuta Tenmangu Shrine/Koinoki Shrine

Koinoki Shrine was built as a sub-shrine to Mizuta Tenmangu Shrine, and is the only shrine in the whole of the country with a god of love deity enshrined. People think that Michizane Sugawara must have been missing the Emperor and his family and this shrine is dedicated to finding success in love and relationships. Lots of young people enjoy visiting the shrine, particularly to wish for success in love, and to take pictures of the heart-festooned main shrine.

⑩Kawa-no-Eki Funagoya Koibotaru Onsenkan

A famous hot spring bath for beautiful skin, rich with magnesium and sodium hydrogen carbonate that promotes healthy skin. Highly recommended for both ladies and gentlemen. There's also a shop where you can buy regional delicacies such as fresh seafood and fruit and vegetables.


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