Yanagawa City in Fukuoka is a popular place for tourists because of its wide canals. The number of tourists has increased in recent years.

Yanagawa is famous because of the existing wide canals where tourists can use “donkobune” in touring around. Donkobune is a sightseeing boat where people can hop on board and get amazing views of the whole city through the boat ride on the canal. You can also feel the beauty of the nature surrounding the area.

Some people visit the city for the Hina-matsuri Sagemon Meguri (Yanagawa Doll’s Festival) where you can see gorgeous dolls displayed around the town.

Sagemon Girls are girls who best represent the city. This is in association with the Hina-matsuri event where you can see “sagemon” or beautiful handmade balls being hung next to hina dolls. It is said that these balls are sewn by family members every time a baby girl is born. On the girl’s first Hina-matsuri, these crafts are given the chance to be displayed.

A sagemon girl should have an adorable face to perfectly match the event. Their hairstyles are adorned with sagemon balls so they look cute. Their job is to guide tourists through the city’s great destinations. They are also tasked with introducing some of the best dishes in town.

Event details

Event date
February 11 ~ April 3 Hina Lights and Giant Sagemon Festival
February 11、Doll Water Parade
March 18、Floating Hina Dolls /April 3
Fukuoka Prefecture Yanagawa City
JR Kagoshima Main Line: Get off at「Setaka Station」or for if you use Nishitetsu train get off at「Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station」then use bus to 「kanponoya」 bus stop
Partially free

※All information above has been drafted in February, 2018.

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