Spots in Yamaguchi Area

  • Kanmon Tunnel Footpath
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    389 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Kitakyushu-shi Moji-ku
    A 780-meter long subterranean pedestrian tunnel that connects Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture and Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. From the entrance you'll take an elevator underground where you can then cross the under the Kanmon Strait on foot. Midway you'll pass an underwater sign marking the prefectural boundaries, an uncommon sight in Japan. By showing the commemorative stamps available on either side of the tunnel you'll receive the Kanmon TOPPA! Commemorative Certificate.

    It is pretty cool to be able to walk from from island to the next so easily and these humans enjoyed the walk.

  • Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum “Kaikyokan”
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    4.5
    302 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Shimonoseki City Ikaport 6-1
    The Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum, affectionately known as “Kaikyokan,” is an aquarium in the Karato district of Shimonoseki City which opened in 2001. The Museum is famous for its collection of over 100 species of Fugu (Pufferfish) from all over the world and for its exhibit of a complete skeleton of a Blue Whale. Must-sees include the “Humboldt Penguin Special Conservation Area,” where visitors can observe a recreation of the habitat of the Humboldt Penguin, which lives in areas with a warm climate, and performances featuring dolphins and sea-lions.

    Shimonoseki is famous for puffer fish. But I cant remember seeing so many species of puffer fish in an aquarium. In general, an enjoyable visit.

  • Akama Shrine
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    314 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Amidaijichou 4-1
    The Akama Shrine is dedicated to the Antoku Emperor, whose maternal grandfather was Taira no Kiyomori, and who drowned at the age of eight following the defeat of the Taira Clan in the Battle of Dan-no-ura. The Shrine is located in Amidaiji district, Shimonoseki City. The red-painted Suiten-mon gate (the Shrine’s main gate) which faces Dan-on-ura has magnificent decoration that evokes the supposed appearance of the underwater palace of the Dragon King. The Shrine grounds also contain the Nanamori-zuka (Seven Mounds), dedicated to the Heike (Taira) clan generals who died in the Battle of Dan-no-ura, and a statue of Hoichi, a character in the ghost story “Hoichi the Earless”. The Homotsu-den (Treasure House), for which there is an admission charge, preserves various literary works including a copy of the 20-chapter “Nagatobon Heike Monogatari” which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property, etc. After sunset, the Suiten-mon gate is illuminated, creating a beautiful spectacle which is not to be missed.

    It is one of the main attractions in Shimonoseki. I strongly recommend you to visit this shrine. The entrance gate, painted in red and white, is photogenic.

  • Shoin Shrine
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    340 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 1537
    The Shoin Shrine in Hagi City is dedicated to Yoshida Shoin, a famous educator active in the Bakumatsu era (in the mid-19th century). The Shrine originated as a Hokora (small shrine) set up in Yoshida’s family home in 1890; the current Shrine building was completed in 1955. Yoshida Shoin is widely revered as a deity of learning, and many students with upcoming examinations visit the Shrine for the Hatsumode (the first visit to a shrine in the New Year) to pray for successful examination results.

    If you are at Tokoji Temple, then you should not miss this place, as it is like 800m away. The Shoin Shrine is the main attraction for sure, and you have to walk until the end, and in the short...

  • Shokasonjuku school
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    328 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 1537 Shoinjinsha in
    This is a private school which Yoshida Shoin’s uncle, Tamaki Bun’noshin opened in his own home. After which, Shonin’s uncle in law, Kubo Gorozaemon inherited the school and in 1857 Shoin started to preside over the school. The building is small, a single story building made of wood with a tiled roof, and a plaster figure of Shoin, a portrait and his desk sit in the 13.2 meters squared tatami room which was the class room. It is a private school that raised many patriots who became the driving force of the Meiji Restoration such as Takasugi Shinsaku, Ito Hirobumi and Yamagata Aritomo.

    There was the Meiji Restoration now on a day 150 years ago. This is the school which leader Shouin Yoshida (Japanese call him Yoshida Shouin Sensei ) opened. Shouin Yoshida died at the age of 28...

  • Monument of Hagi Castle Town
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    292 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Gofukumachi 2
    "This is a monument standing in a corner of ""Edoya Yokocho Alley"" and ""Onarimichi"" in Hagi city, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Visitors can view the charming alleys, shops and samurai residences in the surrounding area which was where merchants and middle to lower class samurai warriors once lived. The area has also been selected as a nationally designated historical site. Rental cycles, are available and many tourists make use of them to explore the castle town."

    Went to Hagi on January 16, 2020. Used my JR West pass to ride the shinkansen from Kokura to Shin Yamaguchi station. Then a 1 hour scenic bus ride to the Hagi Bus Center. From the bus stop, it...

  • Otanisanso
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    4.5
    257 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Fukawayumoto 2208
    A hotel with a hot spring bathhouse which is also open to non-guests located in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Here guests and visitors can enjoy the waters of the Nagato Yumoto Onsen, a hot spring which has been gushing forth since the distant Muromachi period (1336-1573). There are two bathing areas. The Seseragi-no-Yu bathing area on the first floor includes an outdoor hinoki cypress and stone bathing areas. The Komorebi-no-Yu bathing area on the second floor includes a semi-outdoor bath and whirlpool bath. The hotel has Japanese and Western style guest rooms as well as rooms with their own private outdoor baths.

    We enjoyed staying at this traditional Japanes style hotel. It didnt cost cheap. But I think it was cheap. We swam in the nice pool and joined cosmic observation and took a hot spring and listened...

  • Hagihonjin
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    4.0
    215 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki Higashi Matsumoto-shi 385-8
    A hot spring resort and hotel in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. They offer a variety of baths including indoor baths and traditional mud wall style outdoor baths, which draw from a natural hot spring 2,000 meters underground. The resort has a lounge, souvenir shop, and restaurant with a popular healthy buffet. They also offer a great day-trip hot spring plan, which is popular among tourists.

    Second night in hagi, and we moved from hagi 1 rin to hagihonjin. Facility is better. Staff well trained. you can taste the bad management. Ice cubes, you have to pay. A ride to the top of the...

  • Hotel Nishinagato Resort
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    206 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Houhokuchoukanda 2045
    This lodging facility is in Shimonoseki City. Come enjoy hot spring baths in the middle of nature that has open-air baths with panoramic views of the Sea of Japan and the Hibikinada Bay. The baths are also open for day trips. With the clear cobalt blue seas surrounding the resort hotel, you can also experience leisure activities including marine sports and fishing.

    TThe resort has a big wall to wall window showing tsunoshima bridge, the view is breath taking.The resort has big room with Japanese tatami which is very confortable. It has separate bath and toilet...

  • Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    155 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Matsuzakichou 14-1
    The Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Hofu City that is dedicated to the poet and statesman Sugawara no Michizane, deified as Tenjin, the God of Learning. It ranks alongside the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine in Kyoto and the Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine in Fukuoka as one of the Three Great Tenjin Shrines of Japan. As Sugawara no Michizane had been very impressed by Hofu while traveling to Dazaifu in Kyushu, it was believed that his spirit had returned to Hofu after his death, and so the first Tenman-gu Shrine in Japan was built here in 904. The imposing vermillion-painted Ro-mon (two-storied gate) and the view from the Shumpuro-ro hall inside the Shrine precincts should not be missed.

    Hofu Tenmangu is one of three major Tenmangu in Japan, beside Kyoto and Dazaifu. It is a highlight of Hofu sightseeing and absolutely worth visiting. The long passage to the shrine has a quaint...

  • Roadside Station Hagi Seamart
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    4.0
    193 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 4160-61
    "This Roadside Station is located on Yamaguchi Prefectural Route 67, Hagikawakami line, and is connected directly with the fish market. Fresh fish and seafood are available at reasonable prices and can also be enjoyed in the restaurant. Visitors can see the famous ""kensaki squid"" and ""purple puffer fish"" in the tank on site as well. Many people visit for the lessons on how to fillet fish which are regularly held."

    I came to this market, for a short break and taking some simple meal, as it was around noon time, and they have fish tempura, noodle, bentos... Since I was walking from the furnace, then to the the...

  • Karato Market
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Karatochou 5-50
    Karato Market is located in Shimonoseki City. Local fishermen and farmers bring their fish, seafood and agricultural produce here to sell it themselves. The Market is a great place for visitors to buy fresh fish caught that same day, and fresh seasonal vegetables. There is also a cafeteria selling sushi and Kaisen-don (rice topped with seafood). The “Iki-iki Bakan-gai” food festival is held at the Karato Market between 10:00 and 15:00 on Fridays and Saturdays and between 8:00 and 15:00 on Sundays and public holidays; this is a lively event with large numbers of people enjoying fish dishes and seafood sold at stalls erected in the Market.

    山口県下関市に帰郷した時には、一度は唐戸市場に顔を出しますが、なんせ、新鮮さが勝負なので、値打とはいえ、本当は、新幹線の搭乗日の早朝に市場ブラ歩きをしたいと、常々考えておりますが、どうしても前日以前に買い物調達となってしまします。特に、フグの蒲鉾のネット売りがお薦めです。 When I return to Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, you...

  • Kikko Park
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    4.0
    172 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama
    Kikko Park is a multi-function park on what was formerly the site of the residence of the Kikkawa family who were the rulers of the Iwakuni Domain, and also the site of the former Yamaguchi Prefectural Iwakuni Upper Secondary School; it has been selected for inclusion in a list of the “Top 100 Most Historic Parks in Japan.” Several buildings of historical importance are located in or near the Park, including the Kikko Shrine, the Ema-do hall “Kin-un-kaku” (a shrine building where votive pictures are hung), and the Mekata Family residence (an Edo period samurai family home), which has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The Park is a wonderful place to view seasonal flowers and tree foliage. Kikko Park is around 20 minutes by bus from Iwakuni Station on the JR Sanyo Main Line.

    This park is located on the other side of the Kintaikyo. It is a very spacious park, with quite a low footfall during the autumn season, making it a great peaceful spot to just relax and enjoy the...

  • Ganso Kawara Soba Takase
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    147 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Toyourachoukawatana 5437
    Ganso Kawara Soba Takase is a restaurant in Toyoura district, Shimonoseki City that is reputed to have been the first restaurant to serve Kawara Soba (Soba noodles served on a heated Kawara tile). Kawara Soba was originally developed by Takase Shinichi (the first-generation owner), inspired by the story that, during the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877, hungry solders heated Kawara tiles to cook wild grasses and meat; this dish has subsequently become very popular. The restaurant's Unameshi (steamed rice with eel), made using domestically-produced eel, is also very popular.

    2月最後の三連休を利用して行きました。 初めは中日の昼時を過ぎた15時近くに行ったものの、もう車すら駐車できないさま。 今回あきらめましたが、次の日一人でリベンジ。成功!この日は連休最終日で14:30位に再訪。15分くらい待ってからやっと入れました。 ノンアルビール440円と瓦そば一人前1,210円。 想像を超えてめっちゃ美味しかったです。瓦で焼けた茶そばがパリパリになって最高。一人前が多すぎず...

  • Kamon Wharf
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    3.5
    131 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Karatocho 6-1
    A commercial facility on National Route 9 in Karato-cho, Shimonoseki City. It houses a variety of dining establishments, including restaurants specializing in fresh Shimonoseki seafood, including puffer fish, a local favorite. There are also souvenir shops selling pufferfish products, high grade regional sweets, and local sake.

    This building houses many restaurants, mainly those of local specialities. Since this area is very touristic, every restaurant is crowded. As I was on Saturday, there were too many people, and I gave...

  • Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church
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    3.5
    123 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Kameyamachou 4-1
    A Catholic church located in Yamaguchi City. The church was built in 1952 to commemorate 400 years since the missionary Francis Xavier came to Yamaguchi to proselytize. The original church building was destroyed in a fire; the current reconstruction was erected in 1998. The church's two steeples, more than 50 meters tall, are a Yamaguchi City landmark.

    This is a Catholic Church, which was built on the occasion of 400 anniversary of Xavier’s visit to Yamaguchi. Its white steeples in a blue sky are very beautiful. As I visited, it was closed (from...

  • Kaneko Misuzu Memorial Museum
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    100 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Senzaki 1308
    This is a memorial hall located in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, dedicated to the poet of children poems Kaneko Misuzu, and built on the site of Kaneko Buneido where she spent her childhood. Her kimonos and personal belongings are on display. In addition, the museum is designed to replicate the atmosphere of the time she spent there, and visitors can immerse themselves in the world of her stories in the retro atmosphere.

    I was born in Nagato city Yamaguchi. and its my hometown. I know the museum from when I was child. But, I went to there only one time. On this summer, I went to Misuzu museum with my friends. The...

  • Roadside Station Kitaura Kaido Hohoku
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    101 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Houhokuchoukandakami 314-1
    "This is a Roadside Station located on along National Route 191 in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture and is famous for being located at the westernmost point of Honshu. Fresh seafood straight from the fishing port and seasonal produce are available at the ""Houhoku Dream Market"". There is also a restaurant called ""Wakuwakutei"" serving fresh seafood. It is possible to see the sea of Kitaura and Tsunoshima Island from the observation terrace, and many tourists visit the spot."

    かなり大きな道の駅で地元の方もたくさんお見えになっているようです。お土産屋さんも充実していて、この一帯の観光スポットのお土産を販売しています。セルフサービスレストランも併設されていますがお昼時はとても込み合っていました。

  • Toko-ji Temple
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    4.5
    96 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 1647
    The Toko-ji Temple is a temple in Hagi City belonging to the Obaku school of Zen Buddhism; it was the Bodai-ji (family temple) of the Mori family, the lords of the Hagi Domain. The temple was built in 1691 on the orders of Mori Yoshinari, the third lord of Hagi; the tombs of the fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh lords of Hagi, along with those of their wives and concubines, are in the Mori family graveyard within the Temple grounds. The Toko-ji Temple features several interesting examples of Chinese-style architecture, including the So-mon (main gate), the Daioho-den hall and the Shoro (bell tower), all of which have been designated as Important Cultural Properties.

    We loved visiting here. The long wide walkway up to the main temple in a setting of old pines. Walking around it we came upon a shaded grassy area with graves of warriors. This area leads to a much...

  • The Hagi Museum
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    101 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Horiuchi 355
    A museum dedicated to Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, which prospered as a castle town in the ancient Choshu Domain and where many historic buildings from that time still stand. The museum was built to serve as the central facility of the Hagi Machiju Museum project, which aims to turn the entire neighborhood into a giant museum. The museum contains some 190 thousand items connected to Hagi, including historical materials and works of art. There’s a section of the museum which presents historic figures affiliated with Hagi, such as Takasugi Shinsaku and Yoshida Shoin, a gallery where visitors can come in contact with the culture and natural environment of Hagi, and more. Four times a year, the museum holds special exhibits.

    This Museum focuses on the history of the town of Hagi. There is a section on the fauna of the region including a giant squid. Nice adjacent coffee shop.

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Heading west along Japan's largest island, Honshu, the very last prefecture you'll reach is Yamaguchi, separated from Kyushu by a small strip of water known as the Kanmon Straits, which the far-reaching harbor city Shimonoseki looks over. With water at every turn, the seafood of Yamaguchi is an indisputable highlight, and we're not talking just the usual fish dishes - the notorious fugu, or puffer fish, is a Japanese delicacy that was discovered in Yamaguchi prefecture, making it the best place to try it out.

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