Yame is a small city located about 50 km south-southeast of Fukuoka
city, and Yanagawa city is located about 20 km west-southwest of this
And the central area of Yame city has been called Fukushima district.
In 1587, Fukushima Castle was built, then the castle town was formed
But the control of this city were superseded by Kurume Domain located about 15 km north of this city in 1620, and Fukushima Castle was demolished.
On the other hand, the castle town continued to develope as an economic center of this region.
In this city, various specialty goods were produced.
They are paper, Japan wax, paper lantern, Buddhist altar.
Additionally, Yame tea is a popular specialty.
Many of the houses in this city were built in the style of "Machiya".
An earthen floor runs straight like a corridor from the entrance, and some rooms are set up along the earthen floor.
And the houses were consturucted under fire-resistance design. So they have white clay walls.
These houses were built around the 19th century. And about 130 houses
line along the old streets.
But most of them are still used as workshop or store. Only a few house had been changed to cafe.