Triple Water Wheel


Asakura's summer tradition, Japan's oldest working large waterwheel.

Asakura's group of pumping mills is nationally known as the oldest working water mills in Japan. Together with the Horikawa Waterworks, it is designated as a National Historic Site. In addition to the symbolic 'triple waterwheel' in Hishino, the symbol of Asakura City, there are also the 'double waterwheel' in Mishima and the 'double waterwheel' in Kokonoe, which are still in use to supply agricultural land.

Every year on 17 June, the water gate under the precincts of Suijinsha is opened at the Yamada Weir water-supply ceremony, and the triple waterwheel begins to rotate. During the period between rice planting and harvesting, the water pumped up from the Chikugo River is one of the most popular summer attractions for locals and visitors returning to their hometowns.
During the Bon Festival, the water mills can be seen lit up in a fantastic light-up display.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 838-1305 福岡県朝倉市菱野
Address Hishino, Asakura City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 0946-52-0531(山田堰土地改良区)
Open 17 June - early October Operation (paddy rice cropping period).
Car Park available (free of charge)
Access About 10 minutes by taxi from Chikugo Yoshii Station on the JR Kyushu Main Line.
From Asakura Kaido Station on Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line, take Nishitetsu Bus [40] or [41] bound for Haki. 5 mins walk from Hishino bus stop.
About 10 minutes from the Asakura IC on the Oita Expressway.

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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