Yame 八女

Yame is a small city (pop ~42,000) in southern Fukuoka whose Fukushima district, with its specially designed layout, is a subject of much historical interest. Lining the streets are traditional mud-walled folk houses that have survived since the Edo era. In 2002, Fukushima was designated a district for national heritage preservation.

To the east of Fukushima, visitors will discover expanses of green tea farms. This is the production area of the world famous Yame-cha (Yame Tea). Every year, harvesting begins from about the middle of April for sencha (middle-grade green tea), and in May for gyokuro (high-grade green tea). A fresh, distinct aroma, too, begins to lift from all the tea factories in the area. Green tea contains vitamin C, antioxidants and a wide range of other healthy compounds. Those ingredients and the aroma itself relieve stress and enable relaxation. Yame-cha in particular has a rich aroma, sweet flavoring and balanced astringency that make it highly prized among green tea aficionados.

Why not take a break from the city’s frantic pace and stroll traditional streets of the past? The hours move more slowly in Yame, where any time is a good time to vist.

■ Access: 4km from the Yame interchange on the Kyushu expressway
■ Special Event: The ACROS Fukuoka Art & Craft Gallery (2F) will host a traditional pottery display with goods from Yame from Jan 21st to the 24th.
■ Japanese classes in Yame from Yo’ora Hanasou

Every Mon, 2nd & 4th Thurs, 10:00~11:30; 100 yen

Contact: yoorahanasou@gmail.com






Cultural Information Center


At the ACROS Fukuoka Building’s Cultural Information Center, there is a vast array of pamphlets and other literature on Fukuoka culture and site seeing. You can also make inquiries by phone (between 11am and 5pm, the Fukuoka SGG club, a group of volunteer interpreters, can take your calls in English).

ACROS Fukuoka Bldg 2F
1-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
10am to 6pm (closed 12/29-1/3)

Check out ACROS Fukuoka’s new homepage in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean for classical music, culture events and facility information!

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