Triple Water Wheel
Said to be the only water wheel in Japan used in actual irrigation, this triple water wheel is well-known by its nickname, “the steam locomotive of the rice field”. It is a Municipally-Designated Tangible Folk Cultural Asset and became a Government-Designated Historical Site in 1990. The water wheel currently operates between mid June (occasionally late May) and mid October, irrigating an area of 35 hectares (about 86.5 acres) along with two other pumping water wheels (Mijima Double Water Wheel and Hisashige Double Water Wheel).
*About the Water Wheels: Government-Designated Historical Site; constructed in 1663
*Scale: Upper wheel – diameter: 4.76 meters (15.6 feet)/width: 1.5 meters (about 5 feet)/buckets: 48; middle wheel – diameter: 4.30 meters (14 feet)/width: 1.5 meters /buckets: 44; lower wheel – diameter: 3.98 meters (13.1 feet)/width: 1.5 meters /buckets: 40.
|Address||838-1305 Gotanda, Hishino, Asakura City, Fukuoka|
Yamada Dam Land Improvement Committee Office
|Access||By bus – from the Nishitetsu “Amagi” Bus stop, take the #40, #41, or #400 to Hishino|
|Genre||Historical Assets and Castles (History and Culture)|
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