Fukuoka (Hakata), Japan
Yanagawa River Experience
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A coach drive brings you to Yanagawa, where you will explore the city via donko-bune -- a gondola-like punt poled by a boatman.
Your sightseeing cruise begins along the willow-lined canals that once surrounded Yanagawa Castle. The castle is long gone, but the sights include graceful bridges & brick warehouses from the early 20th century and traditional storehouses.
Continue to the Tachibana Ohana Museum, housed in the former estate of the Tachibana clan that once ruled Yanagawa. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant here; then, explore the museum. On display are more than 5,000 art objects and artifacts that chronicle the 400-year history of the Tachibana clan. The exhibits include armor and swords, exquisite clothing, Noh masks and costumes, paintings, scrolls and a stunning collection of dolls.
Return to the ship by coach.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring local currency for additional purchases. Tour requires climbing steep stairs and crossing uneven ground. Shoes must be removed during the visit to Tachibana Ohana Museum. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations.