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The Canal That Ensured the Future of Asaka
Okubo Toshimichi’s Last Dream and the Footprints of a Pioneer

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STORY

After the Meiji Restoration, Lord Okubo Toshimichi hoped to provide relief to the impoverished samurai class and to modernize Koriyama’s Asaka area by creating new industries.
He dreamed of developing the land in Asaka by building a canal from Lake Inawashiro on the west side of Koriyama.
Okubo’s dream came true, albeit posthumously, with the completion of the Asaka Development and Canal Project.
Building the canal required cutting through the Ou Mountain Range, and was a project that brought labor, materials, and technology from all over Japan as well as state-of-the-art technology from abroad.
The effective use of the lake water enriched the local culinary culture with rice and carp.
New industrial development followed with hydroelectric power plants on the canal, which supplied power to the textile mills that had been established.
The cherry trees that line the canal remind us of the pioneer’s vision for future generations and of the area’s resulting diversity and harmony.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

Koriyama
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tohoku Shinkansen)~JR Koriyama Sta.
Inawashiro
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tohoku Shinkansen)~JR Koriyama Sta.(Banetsusai Line)~JR Inawashiro Sta.(Approx. 40min)

CONTACT

  • Japan Heritage Promotion Council
    (International Policy Division,Culture and Sports Department, Koriyama City)
  • TEL:+81-24-924-3711