Yanagawa is a charming town about 70 kilometers west of Fukuoka, with a population of over 71,000. Its main attraction is really its canals, giving it the monicker “Venice of Japan”. I have never been to Venice so I can’t really say if that’s accurate, but the trip down the smooth waters of Yanagawa was one of the most peaceful I’ve had in a while for sure. I will tell you right now this place is a must-visit especially when you come to Fukuoka during cherry blossom season. It was glorious to be gliding underneath weeping cherry blossoms, with their petals falling into the boat like snowflakes.