Expansively spread green tea field is fragrant, and the green rolling up ancient tombs has warmth too. Kyushu OLLE Yame Course along the gentle ridge line of hilly area is green OLLE where you always walk along with green color. Located southeast of Fukuoka Prefecture, Yame city is the production area of Gyokuro Green Tea which is considered one of the highest grade green tea, and is famous with strawberry and grapes. It entered with Geojedo of Gyeongsangnamdo in Korea as sister city and has active relationship.
Seeing along limpid Hoshino River, the path starts at Yamanoi Park and lead your steps to Donanzan Ancient Tomb which was made latest among group of Yame ancient tombs. In Yame area, there are around 30 ancient tombs and this is because Tsukushinokimi-Iwai who ruled North Kyushu region, extended his power in Yame area in Tumulus Period (6th century).
You can enter directly and see the stone chamber of gigantic stones, standing at Donanzan Ancient Tomb. And, you can check the remains of vermilion-lacquered. While passing by Inuo Castle Ruins which was built in 1191 by Sadamune Kawasaki, heir of Sukeyoshi Kuroki, castellan of Nekoo Castle on the ridge of 180mt. high mountain at north of Hoshino River, you will arrive Yame Central Tea Garden as the highlight of this course.
Yame Central Tea Garden has 65 hectare vast land and far stretched tea field is the highlight. It is an open green tea field, and your step would become light by pure small shining tea leaf on the branch of tea tree. In contrast to the whole view of Yame City spreading opposite of green tea field, this path feels more peaceful. About Yame Tea produced here, this group tea production area gives steady satisfactory result from production to sales in joint business. In 1979, it received Emperor's Cup in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Festival. After green tea field, while walking the town path, there is famous Ezaki Food which sells old style drink, lemon soda which is rare to open the cover of bottle. While walking to the end point with fresh feel, you meet the fine-featured Maruyamazuka Ancient Tomb. The cherry blossom (sakura) standing along ancient tombs seems like protecting them. Enjoy the view of Yame mountains far behind the ancient tombs and take some breath. While stepping, you remind the views of the path followed, you arrive at the end point before you know.