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Two Millennia of Rice Cultivation
The Kikuchigawa River Basin

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STORY

The Kikuchigawa river basin has a history of rice farming dating back 2000 years.
In the flatlands, the ancient system of land subdivision has been passed down for generations and remains in use to the present day.
In the mountains, there are terraced rice fields and aqueducts that channel water to enable highland rice farming.
On the coast, a vast area has been reclaimed and turned into rice fields.
Cultivated lands that were developed and expanded by rice farmers over the centuries can be seen in a small area of the Kikuchigawa basin and are considered a miniature model of the historic record and culture of Japanese rice farming.
This is a rare place where visitors can enjoy lively festivals and sample the food culture nurtured through its history of rice farming.

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CULTURAL PROPERTIES

AREA

Yamaga City, Tamana City, Kikuchi City, Nagomi Town (Kumamoto Prefecture)

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Kyushu Shinkansen)~JR Shin-Tamana Sta.(Kyushu-Sanko Bus)~Yamaga Bus Center
  • Car
    • xFrom Fukuoka Dazaifu IC(Route16)~Kikusui IC~Yamaga Bus Center(Approx. 1hr10min)
    • From Ooita Hita IC(Route16)~Kikusui IC~Yamaga Bus Center(Approx. 1hr30min)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Fukuoka Airport(Express Bus)~Kikusui IC(Taxi)~~Yamaga Bus Center
    • Haneda Airport~Fukuoka Airport(Express Bus)~Ueki IC(Kyushu-Sanko Bus)~Yamaga Bus Center
  • Express Bus
    • Hakata Bus Terminal(Express Bus)~Ueki IC(Kyushu-Sanko Bus)~Yamaga Bus Center

CONTACT

  • Social Education Division, Yamaga City Board of education
  • TEL:0968-43-1651
  • Yamaga City Commerce and Tourism Division
  • TEL:0968-43-1579

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Two Millennia of Rice Cultivation

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