Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Yamaguchi Area

  • Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum “Kaikyokan”
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    4.5
    302 Reviews
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    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.

  • Kikko Park
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    4.0
    172 Reviews
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    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...

  • Akiyoshidai Safari Land
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    4.5
    82 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kamon Wharf
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    3.5
    131 Reviews
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    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...

  • The Hagi Museum
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
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    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.

  • Tokiwa Park
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    4.0
    93 Reviews
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    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."

    Not one of the best parks or amusement area, but given that there isnt much else for tourists to do in Ube, Tokiwa Park is a great area for a relaxing afternoon (or morning!) stroll. One could...

  • Hagi Uragami Museum
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    4.5
    43 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Hiyakomachi 586-1
    The Hagi Uragami Museum is a museum in Hagi City that is dedicated to Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, East Asian ceramics and ceramic art. The Museum was opened in 1996 to house a collection of items donated by businessman Uragami Toshiro (who was born in Hagi); it was awarded two stars in the Michelin Green Guide. There is a tearoom where visitors can enjoy drinking green tea out of Hagi-ware teacups, which is popular as a place to relax while enjoying viewing art at the Museum.

    I enjoyed the museum. It is filled with modern ceramic art in the permanent exhibit. Only cost 300 yen. There are also an exhibit showing how wood block prints are carved and colored. There is some...

  • Underground Kingdom Mikawa Mu Valley
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Mikawamachinekasa 1564-1
    "This theme park in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture is on the site of a mine. The motif of the park is based on the legend of the lost continent of Mu, and the park is divided into 15 zones including temples and a mysterious lake. The ""underground hall"" created in the below ground space is used as a concert hall, and the building in the center ""Yama Hotaru"" is used as guide for general information, restaurants and shops, experience studios, and a large public bath."

    I came here with a few friends and we had a great time! I would say that the way it is set up is a bit confusing, but in the end everyone is a winner! It was fun to explore the cave and use your head...

  • Nagisa Aquarium
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Oshimagunsuouoshimachou Ihota 2211 - 3 Nagisa park
    An aquarium in Suo-Oshima Town, Oshima County, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Located in Nagisa Park the aquarium shows fish that were acquired by the caretakers or caught in nearby waters by local fisherman. Adults and children visiting the aquarium can try feeling living sea creatures in the Petting Corner and Touching Pool.

    2歳未満の子供を連れて家族で行きました。陸奥記念館と同じ敷地にある、この水族館は、とても海洋生物との距離を近く感じました。 中でも心惹かれたのが「ニホンアワサンゴ」で、表示に「世界初!!ニホンアワサンゴの人工繁殖に成功!!」と書かれていました。 見た目も魅力的で、手塚治虫の世界を思わせるような風貌でした。 また、行ってみたいです。 I went in families with a...

  • Mori Museum
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Tatara 1-15-1
    The main residence of Lord Mouri of the former Choshu clan is open to the public as a museum, collecting and displaying 20,000 arts, crafts and historical items related to the Mouri family. The museum has about 9,000 National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties including “Landscapes of the Four Seasons, by Sesshu” and is one of the leading museums in Japan. Special and planned exhibitions held regularly, so visitors can see a number of precious works.

    It is a museum beside Mori Garden. It is called “museum “, but actually it is the old house of Mori Family and some exhibitions concerning their family. If you are interested in history, it is worth...

  • Eigenzan Park
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shunanshi Tonda 2355-2
    This park is in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Inside the park surrounded by greenery and flowers, you’ll find a local art museum as well as one of Japan’s largest Dutch-style windmills. During the summer season there’s also a pool, making this a fun park for everyone from adults to children.

    遠くから見ると、オランダ風車が印象的な公園。風車の下では手回しオルガンが体験可能。風車のある山の上に登るのは骨が折れるが、麓の洋式公園でも、郷土美術館、プール、子供用遊具等がある。新南陽駅側から入る遊歩道は、道路の標識どおりに行くと、曹洞宗のお寺の参道・境内を一部通らなければならず、標識もなくなって、本当にこの道でいいのか、と不安になるが、お寺・お墓の間を抜けていけば、公園に着いた。でも、この公園...

  • Akiyoshi-dai Museum of Natural History
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Shuhouchouakiyoshi 1237-938
    This museum, located in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is for the purpose of academic research and nature conservation of Akiyoshidai. The history and formation of caves, as well as the living organisms are clearly explained. In addition to the specimens, photos and fossils on display, visitors are also able to watch videos. Mini special exhibitions, along with permanent exhibitions, are also held.

    The area is very natural and interesting. It is worth a stroll on a sunny day. You can bring food and picnic there. Some small cafe scattered around.

  • Iwakuni Antiquities Museum
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Iwakuni-shi Yokoyama 2-7-19
    A museum located in 2 Chome, Yokoyama, Iwakuni City. It houses valuable historical materials and artwork donated by the Yoshikawa family, the former Iwakuni feudal lords. In addition to a permanent exhibit showcasing the history of Iwakuni, it also holds special exhibits and history lectures. Constructed in 1945, the building is registered as a national Tangible Cultural Property.

    2020.4.4の土曜に行きまして、桜が見事でした。吉香公園の中でも一番と言っていいくらい玄関前に咲き誇っていました。

  • Shimonoseki City Art Museum
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Choufukuromonhigashimachi 1-1
    The Shimonoseki City Art Museum is located in the Chofu district of Shimonoseki City. The Museum has a collection of approximately 2,000 paintings, including both Western and Japanese Nihonga paintings from the early modern and contemporary periods. Besides works by Kano Hogai, an artist born in Chofu who is known as the “Father of Modern Nihonga Painting,” the paintings on display in the Museum also include works by other artists with links to Shimonoseki City, such as Takashima Hokkai and Kazuki Yasuo, as well as the artworks from the Ancient Orient, etc. The Museum holds four to five exhibitions featuring works from its own collections every year, as well as special exhibitions featuring the works of both Japanese and overseas artists.

    下関駅からバスを利用して行きました。 野外彫刻なども展示してあります。 「海峡、交差するまち 下関の作家たち」 展が開催されてました。長府藩の時代から現代までの下関ゆかりの作家を展示してました。また、人も少なかったので ゆっくりできました○

  • Shunan City Museum of Art and History
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shunanshi Hanabatakechou 10-16
    This is a museum located in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture exhibiting mainly the photographs of Tadahiko Hayashi, a photographer born in Shunan City. The permanent exhibition displays works of local artists such as Susumu Miyazaki, Ryusei Kishida, and Michio Mado etc. There is also a museum shop that sells original goods, books of art collections, and items related to special exhibitions, as well as a cafe terrace featuring large windows overlooking the fountain.

    地元の方々の展示会、発表会の場かなという感じ。周南市は工業都市なのだと思いますが、このような公共施設が充実している様子。しかし、古い感じでした。

  • Kazuki Yasuo Art Museum
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Nagato-shi Misuminaka 226
    "This museum is located in the center of Misumi, Nagato City, a place of scenic beauty. It exhibits works by Yasuo Kazuki, a painter who left a great mark on post-war Japanese Western-style painting world. In the museum, his original atelier was restored to its original state. Exhibitions include original drawings, rough sketches and prints of the Siberia series, as well as works carefully preserved by the Kazuki family after his death. The triennial exhibition offers a different style of art than the Siberia Series, which is based on the experience of internment in Siberia after World War II. The objects called ""toys,"" made from scrap wood, are also popular. It is said that he loved Misumi so much that he said, ""This is my earth."""

    「シベリア・シリーズ」でお馴染み、香月靖男画伯の故郷に建つ美術館。「平和祈念展示資料館交流展 —私のシベリヤ、それぞれのシベリア—」を見に行きました。入館料500円がJAF等提示で団体割引400円。平和記念展示資料館関連の漫画本やメモパットなどアメニティも色々頂戴致しました。シベリア抑留に興味のある方は是非足を運んでみてください。中庭のおもちゃとの対比が印象的。

  • Yamaguchi Flower Land
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    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.

    Well worth 5 bucks for a great stroll, fun playground and beautiful flowers. My 4 year old and baby really enjoyed the open space to explore. The Ferris wheel is sadly just a display piece for their...

  • Muroya-no-sono Merchant House Museum
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Yanai-shi Yanaitsu Kanaya 439
    A musueum located within the Shirakabe Townscape, a Nation's Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. The museum occupies the former mansion of the Oda family, one of the leading oil merchants in west Japan. The house features Irimoya (hip-and-gable) roof with an entrance on gable side and white plaster walls. With a length of nearly 120-meters and covering an area of 800-tsubo (nearly 2650 square meters) this mansion is one of the largest classic townhouses remaining within the country. Within the mansion are a number of classic living implements and documents showing off the lifestyle of a prosperous Yanai merchant.

    Great experience and highly recommended. I went on a quiet late afternoon and was met by the lady running the museum and the son who is a long descendant of the owner of the building. They were both...

  • Yoshida Shoin History Museum
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    3.0
    18 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 1537
    Located within Shoin Shrine, this museum introduces visitors to the life of Yoshida Shoin, an eminent man during the end of the Shogunate. Shoin’s life is divided into 20 sections and explained using over 70 wax figures such that even small children can understand this history.

    This is the school where Yoshida Shoin taught, and his students carried out the revolution inside Japan that was the most important Japanese response to the unequal treaties forced on Japan by the...

  • Doigahama Site Anthropological Museum
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Houhokuchoukandakami 891-8
    These grounds are a museum of ruins near Doigahama Beach, and the area is preserved as Doigahama Yayoi Park. The ruins, roughly 9,500 square meters wide, have produced human bones, pottery, burial goods, and many other excavation items, which are on display in the museum. They also have events like Excavation Events, where you can try excavating bones and shell rings, and Shell Ring Making.

    ずっと、いつか行きたいと思っていました、やっと実現しました。 周りに人も車も少なく、定休日かと思いましたが、やってました。 大変、分かりやすく展示されており、小学生の娘も興味深く見学してました。 ビデオ上映や、ボタンを押して音声が流れるような説明のものが、多くありました。 レストランもありましたが、そこは少し微妙だったのでやめました。

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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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