Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Yamaguchi Area

  • Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum “Kaikyokan”
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    4.5
    306 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
    175 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 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
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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...

  • 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...

  • Tokiwa Park
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    4.0
    95 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."

    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...

  • The Hagi Museum
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    4.0
    103 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.

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

  • Hagi Uragami Museum
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    4.5
    45 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.

    Nice place, nice staff. Be careful though, they say they show the whole collection of Hokusai prints, when in reality, its just one from time to time.

  • Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum
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    3.5
    40 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Kameyamachou 3-1
    Built on the site of the former Kameyama campus of the Faculty of Economics, Yamaguchi University, the Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum is a public art museum with a strong local flavor that is closely integrated with the local community. The Museum’s collections are oriented toward artists with a connection to Yamaguchi Prefecture; for example, they include works from Kazuki Yasuo’s “Siberia Series,” works by Kobayashi Wasaku, etc. The collections also include many outstanding Nihonga paintings (including the “Landscape Scroll After Kegong Gao,” which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property) and photographic works, etc. The Museum holds several exhibitions of works from its own collections and special exhibitions every year. The bright, cheerful cafe facing the central atrium is very popular with visitors.

    ちょうど雪舟展を開催していて 山口に来たのだから せっかくなので行ってみた 時間予約要 学芸員の説明動画が見れる パッドを無料で貸してくれます 作品の前のQRコードを読み取ると 動画が始まります 少々説明動画が長くて はしょってしまいました 空いていたので 雪舟を堪能できよかったです

  • Mikawa MU VALLEY
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Iwakuni-shi Mikawamachi Nekasa 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...

  • Yokoyama White Snake Viewing Facility
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama 2-6-52 (in YoshiKaoru park)
    Located next to Kikko Park in the Yokoyama district of Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, the Yokoyama White Snake Viewing Facility is a place where visitors can see the famous “Iwakuni White Snakes,” which have been designated as a National Natural Monument. The facility has recently been renovated and renamed as the Iwakuni White Snake Museum. Inside the facility there are displays on the biology of the White Snakes, along with models, showings of video footage, displays about the legends associated with the White Snakes, etc. A real effort has been made to ensure that visitors can enjoy learning about the Iwakuni White Snakes.

    White albino snakes used to be protectors of traditional Japanese houses from rodents, and were thought to be send by gods as messengers. Now there are only 1000 of these snakes left in Iwakuni. They...

  • Akiyoshidai Plateau
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    Yamaguchi Mine-shi Shuhocho Akiyoshi
    This is one of Japan's largest karst plateaus, and has 1.9 kilometers of walking course. It takes about one hour to walk the whole course. There are quiz signs posted along the way, offering short lessons on the history and creation of Akiyoshidai, local geology, and wildlife, and more. The peak is outfitted with an observation deck offering a view of the karrenfeld plain lined with grassland and the limestone boulders...
  • Mori Museum
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    4.0
    33 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...

  • 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○

  • 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
    21 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.

    1945年 (昭和20年) に完成した石造り風の重厚な建物です。 正面玄関に並ぶ角柱や、錦帯橋をモチーフにしたと思われる内装デザインなどに際立つ特徴があります。 戦時中の建築で、構造体はレンガ造りですが、資材にも制約がある中、不足する鉄に替えて竹を用いた「竹筋コンクリート」が使われたとも言われています。 その時代を感じさせない設計はすばらしく、1998年 (平成10年...

  • Shunan City Museum of Art and History
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    3.5
    19 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.

    特別展はやっておらず、常設展だけの時期に行った。徳山の歴史や、徳山にゆかりのある有名人についての展示は、これから徳山で暮らそう、という人には、例えば「徳山にゾウさんのモチーフが多いのはなぜ?」「どうして徳山駅の発車メロディは、あの歌なのか?」「与謝野鉄幹と徳山はどういう関係?」といったふうに、当地の人たちであれば常識ともいえる知識を得るのに、とても参考になると思った。ただ、既に徳山に住んでいる人に...

  • 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...

  • 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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