Matsubara-Muro Irrigation System has been selected as one of the Heritage Irrigation Structures of the world.13 October, 2017
At the 68th International Executive Council Meeting of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (=ICID) held in Mexico City, Mexico on 10th October, 2017, four irrigation facilities in Japan were selected for the World Heritage Irrigation Structures of the world.
One of them is Matsubara-Muro Irrigation System, which consists of Matsubara Canal and Muro Canal, located in the cities of Toyohashi, Toyokawa and Shinshiro of Aichi Prefecture.
The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) , established in 1950, is a leading scientific, technical, international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization and is a professional network of experts from across the world in the field of irrigation, drainage, and flood management. To fulfill their mission to promote sustainable agriculture water management, they established the world Irrigation Heritage Registry System. Every year they invite from across the world applications for the possible irrigation and drainage-related facilities of historical, technical and social values with roughly over 100 year usage history.
Matsubara-Muro Irrigation System, consisting of Matsubara Canal, Muro Canal, Muro-Matsubara Head Works as well as their related facilities, have very long histories.
Especially, Matsubara Canal is the oldest canal in Aichi Prefecture and has a history of 450 year operation, while Muro Canal has a history of 130 years. They have been very well maintained and still play important roles of irrigating paddies in one of the leading agricultural districts in the central part of Japan.
Muro-Matsubara Head Works
"Ichimonji Seki" with a boat-way
(Kusakabe Head Works constructed in 1693)
The Conduit No.1 (Muro Irrigation Canal)
Automatic Tumble gates (Muro Irrigation Canal)
Original after Completion(1896)