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Chikugo

Chikugo Region – The southern region of the prefecture

Tachiarai-machi

Tachiarai-machi 大刀洗町 at a glance Having deep connections to a military history, Tachiarai-machi offers the opportunity to learn about Japanese aviation strategy during WWII. The town also is home to the Kyushu branch of Kirin beer and grows delicious spinach and strawberries. Getting There By train… – Take Amagi Tetsudo to Tachiarai Station By bus… – …

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Kurume-shi

Kurume Area At a glance A bustling city including Mizuma-machi, Tanushimaru-machi, Jojima-machi, Kitano-machi, and Kurume-shi, Kurume is the hub of the Chikugo Area. Formerly a castle town, it is now known as the hometown of Bridgestone tires, the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, and host to the largest summer hanabi festival in western Japan. Festivals Tamataregu …

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Asakura-shi

At a Glance Composed of Asakura-machi, Amagi-shi, and Haki-Machi, Asakura-shi is perhaps most famous for its Three Water Wheels. Vistors can also see Amagi’s Akizuki region’s fireflies in summer and changing leaves in autumn, or relax at the idyllic Harazuru onsen area or one of the many small onsen in Haki-machi. Festivals Bata Bata Ichi …

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Miyama-shi

at a glance Recently formed from the towns of Setaka-machi, Takata-machi, and Yamakawa-machi, Miyama-shi is home to the beautiful and historic Kiyomizu-dera and the H?man shrine, which showcases amateur noh performances. Festivals Kouwakamai Dance – January 20th Don Kyan Kyan – October Noh Performance – October 17th Getting There By train… – Take the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta …

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Ogori-shi

At A Glance Located conveniently as an express stop on the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta line, Ogori-shi is a large commuter town with all of the services and comforts of home. Getting There By train… – Take the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta line to Ogori station. By car: Use the E-W Highway (Chikugo-Ogori exit and head west), Routes 500, 88, …

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Okawa-shi

at a glance Like the kanji for Okawa, which mean “big river,” the Chikugo River flows serenely through the city. Watch the sunset from the Shokaikyo bridge, see how samurai families lived in Edo times by exploring the city’s old houses while browsing the many furniture shops in this quaint and funky area. Festivals Furogu …

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Oki-machi

at a glance A town of great natural beauty perfect for a relaxing getaway, Oki-machi boasts AQUS, the onsen-turned-fitness and relaxation complex where tradition meets modernity. Getting There By train… – Take the Nishitetsu Tenjin-Omuta line to Hacchomuta or Omizo stations By car… – Use routes 442, 23 and 83 Points of Interest AQUS comes from the …

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Omuta-shi

at a glance Once an energetic coal mining town, Omuta-shi is Fukuoka’s gateway to Kumamoto and Kagoshima. Home to a small zoo and close to Mitsui Greenland Theme Park, come here to dine at fabulous restaurants and taste the famous kusagi manju. Festivals Daijayama – Last Weekend of July Getting There By train… – Take the …

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Toho-mura

at a glance Formerly Koishiwara-mura and Hoshuyamamura A pottery enthusiast’s must see; magnificent rustic earthenware from a tranquil village getting there By bus… – Koishiwara bound buses from Haki stop in Toho-mura at Yakuba-mae (48 min). To get to Haki, use a Hita-boud highway bus or bus #40 or #41 bound for Haki from Asakura …

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Ukiha-shi

at a glance Comprised of Yoshii-machi and Ukiha-machi, here you can admire white-washed walls and traditional architecture while browsing antique shops and art galleries. Try your hand at making your own noodles or experience a different kind of onsen and sauna. festivals Hinamatsuri – February 15th-April 3rd Getting There By train… – Take the JR Kyudai …

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Yame-shi

at a glance Composed of Joyo-machi and Yame-shi, the Yame area boasts toro puppet shows and nationally acclaimed, highly sought-after Yame green tea. Festivals Furusato – March Toroningyo – September 21st or 22nd Joyo Kinma – November Getting There By bus… – Take Nishitetsu bus #30 or 31 from Nishitetsu Kurume Station to Fukushima bus terminal …

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Yanagawa-shi

at a glance Comprised of Yanagawa-shi , Mitsuhashi-machi, and Yamato-machi, Yanagawa is affectionately called “The Venice of Japan.” Yanagawa’s canals were actually created as a drainage system to reclaim ancient swampland, but today are a major tourist attraction. Here you can stroll along one of Japan’s most beautiful roads, see renowned festivals, and taste the …

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Chikugo-shi

At a Glance The namesake of the Chikugo area that proudly produces shochu, nashi, and ayu. Take a dip in the Funagoya onsen and watch or take part in the impressive, dressed-up festivals. Festivals Kumano Shrine Tsuina Matsuri – January 5th Rope-hauling Obon Matsuri – August 14th Getting There By train… Take the JR Kagoshima …

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Chikuzen-machi

at a glance Composed of the former Miwa-machi and Yasu-machi Known for its pottery and agriculture festivals Spring Pottery Matsuri April 29th-May 5th Omunachi Shrine Okunchi October Kagashi Matsuri November 2nd-3rd getting there By bus… – Buses #40 and #41 from Asakura Gaido run down Route 386, through Chikuzen. By car… – Route 386 eating …

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Hoshino-mura

at a glance Hoshino-mura is a beautiful village proud of its excellent tea, clear night skies, and large firefly population in the summer. Get away from the city lights to camp along the Yabe River and look at the stars. Getting There By bus… – Take the Hoshino-mura bound Horikawa bus from Yame-shi Fukushima bus station …

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Kurogi-machi

at a glance This small town bordering Kumamoto-ken and Oita-ken is famous for its delicious green tea, 600 year-old Giant Wisteria tree (a Japanese National Treasure), and elaborate town festival. Festivals Kurogi Town Matsuri – December 8th Giant Wisteria Matsuri – Late April-Early May Getting There By Bus… – Take the Kurogi-machi bound Horikawa Bus from …

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