Asakura: A unique tourism product in Japan
With the global crisis caused by the coronavirus, the need for alternative tourism that guarantees both the safety of the visitor and the locals becomes more acute. In Japan, one of the countries that has best managed the pandemic, new destinations are available to foreigners living inside and outside Japan.
Asakura, a city crossed by the Chikugo River, the largest river on the Island of Kyushu is among these destinations which offers a varied and “safe” tourist product.
Location of Asakura city, Fukuoka prefecture, Japanhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_Asakura,_Fukuoka_en.png
Supposed place of the death of Empress Saimei, the city is distinguished as much by its historical heritage (in this case the remains of the palace of Tachibana no Hironiwa in Akizuki) as by its nature dominated by the aquatic element. There are several legends surrounding Asakura, including that of Yamatai, a sort of Japanese-style Atlantis ruled by Himiko, a mysterious princess with supernatural powers.
Also, Asakura is home to the Tachiarai Museum which exhibits authentic articles dating back to the Second World War period.
By visiting Asakura, one is particularly touched by the warm welcome and the smile of its inhabitants. Perhaps this kindness finds its roots in the deep serenity that emerges from its dense forests, its numerous water sources and its traditional houses which adorn the generous rice fields.
Besides, the agricultural products are of excellent quality. The Minami no Sato market dedicated to local farmers allows its customers to obtain fresh products from four hundred and thirty different farms in the surrounding area.
Fujii’s apiary, 100 years old, sells a large local and international collection (from Europe and Asia) of pure honey with an intense and refined taste.
If you stay long enough in Asakura, you will certainly start to soak up your healthy lifestyle until you change your bad habits. Spending a moment in one of its many onsens, some of which overlook the magnificent Chikugo River, will rid you of all your stress while softening your skin.
At the end of the day, a ride around the triple hydraulic wheel, used since 1760 and still functional, will infuse you with new energy through its regular and precise movements. There are seven in total, echoing the divine number, for irrigating the vast and thriving rice fields in this fascinating city.
By visiting Asakura, our perception of quality of life, sweetness and beauty would probably be enriched. The authenticity of the city in its smallest details, will pierce its way to our soul and will make us rediscover the sensitivity of the child buried in each of us. This child who is amazed and amazed at the newness, will see Asakura as a field of experience for the most Zen sensations to degrees hitherto unsuspected. This is how Asakura moves, softens and transforms.