[:en]This promotional movie shows us plenty of fascinations of Hirokawa-machi town through a bus tour around the town. The first destination is gerbera farmhouse. Hirokawa-machi town is a top producer of gerbera in western Japan.
The bus takes passengers remarkable places around the town to experience flower arrangement with gerberas, traditional indigo dyeing and more! The tour comes with lunch made with locally produced ingredients. You can find perfect souvenirs at Hirokawa Fruit Village.
Access to Hirokawa-machi town
Arriving by airplane:
Approximately 2hrs from Haneda Airport to Fukuoka Airport. About 45 min drive from Fukuoka Airport to the center of Hirokawa-machi town.
Arriving by train:
Approximately 5 hrs from Tokyo station to Hakata station by bullet train. About 20 mins from Hakata station to Kurume station by bullet train. Another 15 min drive from Kurume Station to the center of Hirokawa-machi town.
A town of blessings of nature and traditional craftworks
Agriculture is active in Hirokawa-machi town such as gerberas, the number one production in western Japan, strawberries, pears, grapes, peaches, Yame-tea and more. Seasonal fruit picking can be enjoyed through a year. Hirokawa-machi town has the largest number of factories of Kurume-gasuri which is national important intangible cultural property with 200 year-old tradition. The town is also known as a top producer of Yame-sudare, the Japanese traditional blinds with 100 year-old history, which is designated by the governor of Fukuoka Prefecture as a traditional craft. Both traditional craftworks are being taken over by new generations.
Ginkgo is trees of Hirokawa-machi town. Especially ginkgo forests with over 100 gingko trees with golden leaves at grape farm at Taibaru area is the most popular in autumn. Many people visit to see the photogenic scenery.
Hirokawa Service Area is the perfect place to find souvenirs and local food
Hirokawa Service Area is a perfect place to taste local food such as Kurume ramen, Yame-tea flavored food and more. Yame-tea leaves can be a good souvenir and tea flavored soft serve is a must-eat here. Also, roll cake made with Hoshino-tea of Yame is highly recommended as a souvenir. Since Hirokawa Service Area has dog-run, you can bring your dogs and have fun together.
Why don’t you visit to see the beautiful gingko trees in Hirokawa-machi town?
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