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  • Karato Market
    57 Reviews
    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.

    A lot of tourists gather here every weekend and holiday during the lunch time to enjoy all kinds of inexpensive Sushi sold piece by piece in the Karato Fishmarket. They take them out to sit on the...

  • 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.
  • Tsunoshima-ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Shimonoseki City Shimonoseki
    A bridge connecting Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture to the island of Tsunoshima. The bridge is also one of the longest non-toll bridges connecting to an isolated island in Japan. The bridge stretching across the emerald green Amagase sea is lovely, and the area is a popular filming location for television shows and commercials. The expansive view, seemingly out of a country other than Japan, is visited by large numbers of tourists year-round. Note that photography is prohibited in the emergency parking zone in the center of the bridge.
  • 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.
  • Akiyoshido
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Shuhouchouakiyoshi 3506-2
    Akiyoshidai, in the eastern part of Mine City in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is home to the “Akiyoshido,” Japan’s greatest limestone cave. The entrance to the cave has a height of 24 meters and a width of eight meters, and the cave’s deepest point is about 200 meters below the surface. There are plenty of sights to see such as the giant Golden Pillar, a travertine pillar with a height of approximately 15 meters, and the Hundred Saucers, which look like terraced rice-fields. The interior of the cave stretches for nearly 10 kilometers, but the sightseeing path only ventures to about one kilometer into the cave. The temperature remains stable at nearly 17°C throughout the year, and a wide range of ages can comfortably tour the cave.
  • Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine
    132 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.

    We heard this is an important shrine in Hofu so we planned for a trip. It is one of Japan’s leading Tenman-gu (shrines sacred to the God of Academic Learning) which ranked alongside the Dazaifu...

  • Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum “Kaikyokan”
    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.
  • Akama Shrine
    256 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.

    Akama Shrine has one unique looking gate that sets it apart from the typical Japanese shrines. While not worth going out of the way for, it’s a short walk from Karato Market

  • Tokiwa Park
    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."
  • Le Ceiba
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Higashitamachi 92
    This cafe is in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Come enjoy their vegetable focused lunches in their warm wooden interior. Come get your fill of fresh seasonal flavors with their meals that are loaded with local organically farmed vegetables. Their lunch meals come with miso soup and are popular with both locals and tourists alike.

    My husband and I were in Hagi for a few nights on business and so glad we tried this little gem of a place! The owner/chef/server is hustling hard to prepare meals that are veggie-centric and very...

  • Tokuyama Zoo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shunanshi Tokuyama 5846
    This zoo, located in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, exhibits a variety of animals including monkeys, raccoons, hippopotamus and other mammals, birds and reptiles. The zoo is set out so that visitors can see the animals up close and there are also many experience type events. In addition, it was also the location of the residence of Mori from the former Tokuyama Domain so is famous as an historic site and for cherry blossom viewing.
  • Meet the Dolphins (Iruka no Mieru) Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Shimonoseki City Ikkaport 6-1 Yokohikan
    At this restaurant located inside the Kaikyokan Aquarium in Shimonoseki City, you can enjoy a meal while watching dolphins at play. A ticket to the aquarium is not required to enter the restaurant. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. they offer a lunchtime menu while from 3 p.m. onwards they offer a la carte dishes including pizza and spaghetti. Feel free to take pictures of the dolphins.
  • Kirara Beach Yakeno
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Sanyo Onoda-shi, Yono Coast
    A beach in Sanyo-Onoda City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Many people enjoy water sports and swimming during the warmer seasons, and it is also the location for a large kite flying event in Spring. It has been recognized as one of Japan Sunset Best 100, where you can see the beautiful sight of the setting sun over the Seto Inland Sea. Showers, changing rooms, toilet, and a managements office are available on site too.

    夕陽が沈んだあと、しばらくして、とても綺麗なグラデーション。遠くに関門海峡、とても癒される海辺です トロン温泉♨️の「きらら交流館」から、のんびり眺めるのも、とっても良いと思います

  • Lake Beisen
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Kudamatsushi Seto
    A lake at Suetakegawa Dam in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Lake Beisenko park is maintained on the shore and is where a variety of regular events, including the Lake Beisenko Summer Jamboree, are held. It is also known as a famous fishing spot which attracts many visitors with their black bass.
  • Refresh Park Toyoura
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Toyourachoukawatana Takano 2035 - 9
    Enjoy a wide variety of seasonal flowers at this famous Flower Park in Shimonoseki City. The Play Area offers a variety of play equipment such as a playground set, dragon slide, and a zipline, making it very popular for children. Every fall they hold the Cosmos Festival, where over one million cosmos flowers bloom.

    川棚温泉の奥にあります コスモス畑がとても大きく、家族連れにお勧めです 他に遊具もありたのしめます。

  • Yamaguchi Flower Land
    11 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yanaishi Shinjou 500-1
    At this botanical garden where flowers and trees are planted in a way that the terrain of Historical Town Yanai is leveraged, you can enjoy seasonally blooming flowers all year-round. Inside the park you’ll also find the Flower Market, where you can buy decorative indoor plants and flowers to liven up your indoor spaces. And it’s not just viewing the flowers, there’s also a greenhouse where you can pick your favorite flowers and plant them in a pot of your choosing.

    My husband and I visited here in late May, solely under the pretense of learning how to operate our new DSLR camera - and we got some really awesome opportunities for beautiful photos! The roses...

  • Omi Island (Omijima)
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Senzaki Through
    "This island situated in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture is also known as ""The Alps of the Sea"", and there are many strange rocks and boulders sculpted by great nature, such as cave entrances, precipitous cliffs and stone pillars. It is a popular spot for scuba diving and attracts many divers from across Japan. You can take a stroll down the Omijima Shizen Kenkyuro sightseeing path and also ride the pleasure boat to enjoy the view."
  • Nagasawa Garden
    7 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Suzenji 2296
    This lakeside accommodation in Yamaguchi City offers a restaurant, banquet hall, and catering services. Tourists who travel by car can use this place as a rest stop, and eat at the restaurant, and use their large public bath. There is even a rest area especially for women. Accommodation is available without meals included. All rooms have toilets attached, and there is even a large guest house for groups.


  • Foot Bath and Drinking Springs, in front of Yuda Hot Springs Tourist Information
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Yudaonsen 2-1-23
    "These are foot bath facilities in Yamaguchi City, and refers to six locations in the Yuda Hot Springs town center. The foot baths are at Inoue Park, in front of Yuda Onsen station, in front of the Tourist Information Center, within the community center, ""Sunfresh Yamaguchi"", and on Yunomachi Street"". All the baths are free of charge and are frequented by both hot spring guests and local residents."
  • DREAM SHIP Shimonoseki City Lifelong Learning Plaza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Hosoechou 3-1-1
    A social education center in Shimonoseki City. As the base site for cultural exchange, they hold concerts and performances in the Sea Hall (the grand auditorium), the Wind Hall (small auditorium), and Sky Hall (multipurpose auditorium). Moreover, with classrooms for events such as meetings, workshops and cooking classes, they help further all sorts of social education.

Yamaguchi Main Areas


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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