My neighbor‘s moat
(Information from Yanagawa Kanko Kaihatsu K.K.) Yanagawa “Kawakudari” (going downstream) is a punt tour of the waterways in Yanagawa ramified across the city like a mesh including the old castle’s moat. The wide and narrow waterways’ network spans a total length of about 470 km forming a unique landscape of the water district called “Suigo”. This atmospheric beauty inspired a great poet Kitahara Hakushu born and raised in Yanagawa, and the landscape has been adored by many later literati and artists following Hakushu. Preventing inland flood by temporarily storing rain water during stormy seasons and supplying water for agricultural use or in the case of fire fighting, the waterways are deeply connected to daily life in Yanagawa to this day. Punt tours start from Shogetsu and end at Okinohata area, about 4.5 km in distance, passing through the old castle’s water gate and calmly winding downstream.