Culture / Tour 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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。

  • Hofu Science Museum “Solar”
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Hofu-shi Kotobukicho 6-41
    This science hall in Hofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture stands out for its exhibits focusing on the sun. The first floor has a circular screen which shows films with special lighting and sound systems, and when the films aren't running it plays a real time video of the sun collected by the Solar 6 Connected Solar Telescopes. The second floor introduces the evolution of life and has regular science shows and other events.

    先日まで開催されていた『もぐもぐ探検隊』に行ってきました。子供心をくすぐる毎回の企画展を楽しみに出かけます。企画展以外にも科学教室や工作ワークショップなどに参加する事が出来ます。

  • Shimonoseki City Archaeological Museum
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Ayaragi Oka 454
    "This museum is next to the Ayaragigo ruins. It displays about 500 pieces from the Yayoi and Kofun periods excavated from below Shimonoseki Castle. They have recreated life-size dioramas of ""storage pits"" and display materials connected to excavation and archaeology in the Regional Education Room. They also run tours and excursions around the Ayaragigo ruins. The grounds outside are built as a ruin park, with restored dugout shelters and kofun burial mounds for viewing."

    前日からの萩観光を終え、日本海側を下関経由で北九州空港にレンタカーで戻る途中で見学しました。石器や土器が陳列されているだけの資料館が多い分野ですが、ここは工夫した明るい展示で楽しめました。

  • KDDI Parabola Pavilion
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Nihonakagou 123
    This tour facility is on the grounds of the KDDI Yamaguchi Satellite Communication Center, the largest satellite facility in Japan. In addition to displaying the Ariane Rocket, a satellite launch vehicle, it also offers education on various satellite communication related equipment like solar power generators, undersea cables, and more. You can also observe an array of massive parabola antennas from the observation platform.

    展示があってビデオがあって,特にすごい見せ物がある訳ではありません。無料の企業博物館です。通信に興味があれば面白いと思います。興味がなくても,解放されている広場で,巨大パラボラをバックにピクニックができたり,ちょっとした運動ができます。私は時期が早かったですが,サクラも植えてあり,サクラが咲けばよいかもしれません。

  • Akiyoshidai Eco Museum
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Mine-shi Mitocho Aka 2368-1
    This is the visitor's center for Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park. It is adjacent Taishodo cavern, a limestone cavern full of variation, and offers an introduction to the geology, history and nature of Akiyoshidai plateau. The hall holds various activity areas to engage all five senses, and you can enjoy learning about the natural environment, and ecological system of Akiyoshidai through images, models, and touch panel search machines. The Cave Interior Field offers cave simulation lessons on the creation of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the flora and fauna in the cave.

    やっぱり秋吉台に行ったのなら、自然そのものに触れる時間を多くとったほうが満足感が高いと思います。時間にゆとりがあるなら訪れるのも良いかも。

  • Tokuyama Zoo
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    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.
  • Yahata Lifelong Learning Village
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Oshima-gun Suooshima Cho Kuka 1102-1
    """Machishu culture"" is the culture of the common people built up in the Kuka area, which was a part of the industrial structure from the middle ages to early modern period. The Yahata Lifelong Learning Village is a learning facility with a library, pottery museum and early Showa period farmhouse as a base for handing down the culture of the town. Visitors can learn about unique urban planning and culture through the exhibition of tools and daily necessities used by soy sauce brewers, ship builders, blacksmiths and others. In addition to regular pottery classes, the museum also offers one-day pottery workshops such as forming pottery by hand instead of using a potter's wheel, slab building, and making a pottery lathe."

    This museum has a very nice collection. It is worth seeing, but unfortunately, the descriptions is only written in japanese so you might want to ask your friends for translation.

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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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