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Aiba Waterway 藍場川

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Watch colorful carp swimming in this waterway alongside traditional samurai residences

One of the most charming areas in Hagi , the Aiba Waterway flows through narrow streets past traditional Edo period residences. Constructed in 1744, the waterway was used to ferry goods by boat, supporting the flourishing economy of this castle town.

Don't Miss

  • Walking along the Aiba Waterway at sunset
  • Taking a bike ride along the Hashimoto River in spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom
  • Stopping at Hagi yaki pottery shops along the route

How to Get There

The waterway is best accessed by taxi or rent-a-cycle.

Aiba Waterway is about two kilometers away from the heart of Hagi Castle Town and Higashi-Hagi Station, so it is best accessed by taxis or rent-a-cycle. Rent-a-cycle shops can be found near Higashi-Hagi Station.

Willows overhang the narrow waterway in summer

Riding through the neighborhood

Take a bicycle ride along the Hashimoto River for a more meandering route. Once you get to the Aiba Waterway, it is best to walk with your bike to enjoy the scenery to the fullest, but watch out for the occasional car since the streets are narrow and winding.

Visit samurai residences along the Aiba Waterway

Cross the small stone bridges to enter some of the traditional residences and discover how people in the Edo period used the Aiba Waterway in their daily lives. Visit the former Yukawa residence to see a water garden created by water channeled from the Aiba Waterway.

Majestic koi carp swim lazily in the shallows

Residences unchanged since the Edo period

Relax at a local café after your visit

Be sure to bring your camera and take time to enjoy the scenery to the fullest. When you are done, visit the stylish Aibagawa no Ie cafe for delicious cake and pots of tea and seating overlooking a traditional Japanese garden to finish off your trip.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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