Yanagawa City was a castle town with crisscrossing canals that were developed in the 17th century.
When you arrive on Yanagawa, just hop on a boat.
You can enjoy the serene historical scenery while cruising the canals on the boat skillfully oared by a boatman.
Eventually, the boat reaches the estate of the Tachibana family “Ohana”, and Tachibana museum opens its gate to welcome you. Upon stepping into the museum, you will witness the truth about the samurai culture.
This web site clearly explains the highlights of the cultural properties in Yanagawa.
It is available on your smartphone for free. You can read or listen to the explanations just in front of the spots. Or you can check it at home either before or after the trip.
And, you will witness the truth about the samurai culture.
The Tachibana Museum is located in Ohana, the former estate of the Tachibana family. The family ruled the Yanagawa domain as lords from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.
This feudal lord family housed a splendid collection of antiques that had been passed down through generations over a period of 400 years. Approximately five thousand pieces of their collection, which includes one national treasure and one important cultural property, are currently preserved in the museum.
The museum holds both of the seasonal exhibitions featuring various themes and the permanent exhibition displaying successive lords’ armors, princesses’ wedding furniture and other ancestral pieces. It certainly gives you an insight into the refined lifestyle of the feudal lord class of Japan’s Edo period.
We welcome new members at any time of the year.
Your membership helps us to open the valuable collection to the public. It also supports our research activities and the preservation of historical Japanese art works for future generations.
Opening hours: 10:00 - 16:00 (final entry 15:40)
Close days: Period during change of exhibit*
*Please check the museum’s annual schedule for any updates or changes.
The ticket includes admission to all facilities within the Tachibana Garden [ Tachibana Museum, Count’s residence, Shoto-en garden ]
Students Aged 16 to 18: 500yen
Children Aged 7 to 15: 400yen
*The ticket allows you to re-enter the facilities on the same day.
*For special exhibitions, admission charges may vary.
Ohana was an estate of the Tachibana family, the former feudal lords of the Yanagawa domain. The 14th head of the family, Count Tachibana Tomoharu, built a residence and Japanese garden called “Shoto-en” within the estate in 1910. This Meiji era architecture and the garden still remains and shows you a fusion of Western and Japanese elements as well as a mixture of the modern and the traditional.
It was designated as a national scenic beauty “Tachibana Garden” in 2011.
There are also a hotel, restaurant, cafe and souvenir shop in the premises.
Visitors can fully enjoy and experience Japanese culture here!
This web site clearly explains the highlights of the cultural properties in Yanagawa. It is available on your smartphone for free. You can read or listen to the explanations just in front of the spots. Or you can check it at home either before or after the trip.
From Nishitestu Fukuoka Station (Tenjin)
48 minutes to Yanagawa Station by Nishitetsu Omuta Line and then 10 minutes by taxi, or 15 to 20 minutes by the Nishitetsu bus (bound for Okinohata) - please get off at Ohana-mae.
From JR Hakata Station
25 minutes to Chikugo Funagoya Station by JR Shinkansen Line and then 35 minutes by taxi.
From Kyushu Expressway Miyama Yanagawa IC
25 minutes to Ohana by car. *Parking (500yen/day) is available at Yanagawa Parking Center.
From Saga Airport
25 minutes by taxi (need reservation for economy travelling by limousine).
From Fukuoka Airport
60 minutes by highway bus (4 buses a day) to the Yanagawa Station.
And for those of you who are not in a hurry
are highly recommended to experience the attraction of 70 minutes of boat ride to downstream (1,500 yen per person) from pier near the Yanagawa Station to the last station of Ohana.
Address : 1 Shin hoka machi, Yanagawa shi, Fukuoka prefecture, 832-0069, Japan
(inside the National scenic beauty Tachibana Garden) GoogleMap
Tel：+81-944-77-7888／0944-77-7888 (for domestic calls)