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Japan Heritage; "Haru-Ide" (Irrigation Waterway)

Last Modified:6/6/2017

"Two Thousand Years of Memories of Rice Farming Land; Kikuchi River Region, Chronicle of Rice Farming Then and Now” applied by four Kikuchi River neighboring cities and towns was designated as Japanese Heritage, and it became a national treasure.

What is Japan Heritage?

Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan has launched "Japan Heritage" to appeal Japanese local cultural heritage with a specific story. We would like to share the Japan Heritage of the Kikuchi River Regions now.

Haru-Ide Irrigation Waterway

"Ide" means the place where agricultural waterway is dammed up according to the Kojien Japanese dictionary, and the word, "Ide" is used as a waterway.

Haru Ide Waterway was constructed to keep the necessary water for rice growing, and Oba-seki Dam in the upper Kikuchi River area was used to control the water supply. The construction had started in 1698 and completed in three years. It was 11km. in length and provided water to rice paddies for 200 hectares.

According to the map, that shows the main water way is located in the hilly west sid of Kikuchi city. We can tell that the waterway was made to provide water in rice paddies. (Kikuchi Land Improvement District "Kikuchi Agricultural Facility Location Map")

The water tunnel, which is 450m long, is highly recognized due to its agricultural engineering skills. A Sosho-ya (a head of village) Kawahara Mokuzaemon had contributed to the development of the Ide Waterway, and his monument was built to praise his work.



Japan Heritage Logo

Haru Ide Map



Social Education Section, Lifelong Learning Division, Education Board of Kikuchi City

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