What is the Suito?

Journey through the ages and seasons

The journey from Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station to Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station takes about 48 minutes. Upon emerging from the vast Chikushi Plain, coming into sight is Yanagawa – the "City of Water" rich in history and tradition for centuries. is riverside community flourished from days of old as a castle town, steadily fostering its own distinctive culture and history. Those practices and landscapes have been gently sustained over the ages, continuing to captivate us today. The Yanagawa Sightseeing Train Suito draws from the images of this legacy and the enduring four seasons, manifesting the design concept of the local scenery year-round.

"Suito" articulates the beautiful City of Water Yanagawa, in tandem with the sight of the train passing through the rich greenery of the Chikugo area. These images overlap with those of the crystal-clear water flows for which the district is renowned. This name also contains a humorous touch in bringing to mind suito – "I am fond of you" in the Hakata dialect. In that sense, as a train styled to showcase the ambience of Fukuoka, it is sure to be a point of keen interest and entertainment for tourists from Japan, and around the world, who choose to visit here.

Train Introduction

From Car 1 through Car 6 – a rich panorama of Yanagawa

Each car is adorned with distinctive designs and creates an environment conjuring up the spirit of Yanagawa, making traveling around a blissful experience. Every possible effort has been made to maximize the joys of your journey, all the way to your destination.

The sixth and final car in this eye-catching train features Yanagawa-mari – small ball-shaped hanging paper ornaments unique to the area. Along with other hanging decorations, these delicate spheres are an indispensable element for local Doll (Girl's) Festival celebrations in early March. This also coincides with the Ohori-biraki (official opening of the canals), when prayers are offered for safety as the gates are opened and waters allowed to fill the dried canals.

The fifth car is decorated in a motif inspired by the rows of willow trees lining the canals of Yanagawa. These willows are known for the dazzling green of their fresh growth, casting thick and leafy shadows over the water surface. The season is early summer, around the time when the Suitengu Shrine Festival is held to pay reverence to the guardian deity of mariners.

The fourth car in the lineup showcases the white flowers of the karatachi (trifoliate orange) plant that blooms in early May. Today a stone monument engraved with the lyrics of "Karatachi-no-Hana" ("Trifoliate Orange Flowers"), a children's song penned by famous local poet Hakushu Kitahara, rests next to Yadomi Elementary School. The lyrics describe the charming scenery along the route that Kitahara used to walk to and from this school during his childhood.

The third car is styled with the elegant contours of the Japanese iris, the official flower of Yanagawa City. These lovely blossoms emerge in all their glory from late May through early June each year, adorning the walkways along the canals and other scenic spots throughout the community.

The design of the second car draws from the theme of two major pyrotechnics displays staged in this district each year – the Ariake Fireworks Festival at the height of summer, and the Hakushu Festival in late autumn. The specific motifs depicted are fireworks that light up the night skies over Yanagawa during the two celebrations, and the water-bound parade of donko poled boats, a major highlight of the Hakushu Festival.

The first car illustrates the autumn and winter sights of Yanagawa. The autumn Choyo no Sekku Festival was held to pray for youth and longevity; the people used chrysanthemum blossoms, which bloom in this season, to celebrate. In late fall, migratory birds fly toward Shotoen Garden in Ohana, where they spend the winter after making the long journey from the Chinese continent. Thus the train depicts chrysanthemums and migratory birds to evoke the fall season and transition to winter.

Discover greater enjoyment from your train journey
<Car 3>

Besides a special ink stamp to commemorate your ride on Suito, this car is also installed with a display cabinet of selected local products from Yanagawa.

<Car 4>

This car is stocked with Yanagawa sightseeing pamphlets in various languages and information on the latest local events.

<Ride Commemoration Cards>

We are pleased to offer Suito "Ride Commemoration Cards" themed around Yanagawa. These cards are housed in special cases located in all cars, so feel free to take one home as a lasting memory and souvenir.

Operation

Note: Due to train inspection days and other needs, there may be cases when the train doesn't operate or the schedule is changed.

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