Spots in Yamaguchi Area

  • Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum “Kaikyokan”
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    4.5
    306 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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    4.0
    319 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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    4.0
    349 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...

  • Otanisanso
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    4.5
    263 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...

  • Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    160 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...

  • Hagihonjin
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    4.0
    222 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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    4.0
    209 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...

  • Roadside Station Hagi Seamart
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    4.0
    197 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...

  • Tokiwa Park
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    4.0
    95 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Ubeshi Norisada 3-4-1
    "A comprehensive park in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, offering a variety of facilities on the extensive site of 100 hectares including a zoo, an amusement park, and a museum. Seasonal flowers bloom in the garden and it is famous as a sightseeing spot for cherry blossoms and iris flowers. The park has been designated as a ""National Registered Natural Monument"" and ""World Heritage Irrigation Facility"" and is widely used as a place for local residents to get together."

    I went to Tokiwa Park with a tour group, it was so nice to get out of my current city and see something new. Tokiwa Park is pretty big with a lot of fun activities within the park. Some of the...

  • Kikko Park
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    4.0
    175 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 peaceful park lies between the bridge and the castle. It is quite spacious and has plenty to look at including samurai houses, museums, fountains and swimming area (for children), a cormorant...

  • Kamon Wharf
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    3.5
    134 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...

  • Karato Market
    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.
  • Kintaikyo Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Iwakuni
    Kintaikyo Bridge is ranked as one of Japan’s three most famous bridges, and is a wooden construction with five consecutive arched bridge that span the clear streams of the Nishikigawa River in Iwakuni City. It was built in 1673 by the Iwakuni clan’s lord Kikkawa Hiroyoshi. With a total length of 193 meters and a width of five meters, the bridge has been constructed using timberwork technique involving joints and coupling. Although it was swept away by a typhoon in 1950, it was restored in 1953. There are numerous opportunities to appreciate the scenery in all four seasons such as cormorant fishing during the summer and colorful changing leaves in the autumn, yet the blossoming cherry trees in spring are particularly beautiful, and the area has been designated as one of Japan’s top 100 places to see cherry blossoms.
  • Akiyoshidai Safari Land
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    4.5
    82 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Mitouchouaka 1212
    A safari park-style zoo located in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture where visitors can view wild animals from a vehicle in settings close to their natural environment. In the Safari Zone, visitors can view African elephants, huge American black bears, lions, tigers, and more, either from their own car or a reservable bus tour which includes a chance to feed some of the animals. The park’s petting zoo, where visitors can play with and feed cute animals such as kangaroos and capybaras, is also quite popular. The zoo also has rare live white tiger and white lion exhibits. Finally, the park has a restaurant and an amusement park area with a giant Ferris wheel and roller coasters, ensuring families can enjoy an entire, fun-filled day here.

    I was visiting the area with my mom and since she loves animals, we went there. It is easy to find using Google maps or the GPS. As you exit the road, remain on the left side, passing the parking...

  • Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church
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    3.5
    125 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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    4.0
    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...

  • The Hagi Museum
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    4.0
    103 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.

    A nice museum about the area. If you dont speak Japanese you can still enjoy it quitte a bit. The staff was nice.

  • Kozanji Temple
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Choufukawabata 1-2-3
    "This is a Soto sect temple in Shimonoseki City and the statue of ""Senju Kannon Bodhisattva"" is revered as the main idol of worship. The temple was established in 1327, and was designated as a national treasure during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) as an example of Zen Buddhist architecture. It is also known as a place of many historical events. There is a statue of Takasugi Shinsaku on horseback in the precincts and the temple loved by history fans."

    It is one of the highlights of the sightseeing in Chofu. It is known as the place where Takasugi Shinsaku, an activist of anti Shogunate monument, took up arms.

  • Kawatana Grand Hotel Otafuku
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    4.0
    80 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Toyouracho Kawatana 4912-1
    "This is an accommodation facility in Shimonoseki City where guests can also enjoy a day bath. There is a spacious bath as well as hot springs you can reserve for private use where you can relieve your fatigue. The facility is built on the image ""city planning"", and includes many shopping areas and restaurants, a tea lounge and wedding hall. Guests can also enjoy cuisine using blowfish from the sea of Shimonoseki."

    On arrival there is plenty, if not too many, staff to welcome you. The check in is done from a comfortable seat in the lobby and explanations (in Japanese) are given about the facilities you are...

  • Motonosumi Inari Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Yuyatsuou 498
    A Shinto shrine located in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Although there are many “Inari” shrines in the country, Motonosumi Inari Shrine uses characters which differ from those normally used to write “Inari” and is one of only two shrines in the country to use these specific characters for “Inari.” After a white fox appeared besides the pillow of the head of a local fisherman’s union and made a pronouncement, this shrine was established here as a branch shrine of the Taikodani Inari-jinja Shrine in Shimane Prefecture in 1955. The shrine is said to provide worshipers with a variety of boons, including prosperous business, maritime safety, luck in love and marriage, luck in having children, improved fortunes, and protection from evil and misfortune. The shrine’s biggest highlight is the 123 red torii gates which form a tunnel along a path leading from the sea to the shrine at the top of a hill. In the background, blue ocean stretches to the horizon and the area’s famed “Ryugu no Shiofuki” (“The Dragon Spout”) occasionally bursts into the air in a shower of mist, and this site was even elected by the CNN television network in the US as one of the 31 most beautiful spots in Japan. The giant torii gate at the end of the trail has an offertory box on top famous for being the most difficult to place a coin into in Japan.

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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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