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Culture / Tour Spots in Yamaguchi Area

  • Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum “Kaikyokan”
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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.
  • 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.
  • Yamaguchi Flower Land
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    11 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.

    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...

  • Shunan City Museum of Art and History
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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.
  • Nagisa Aquarium
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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.
  • Baiko Gakuin University Museum
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Kouyouchou 1-1-1
    A museum in Baiko Gakuin University in Shimonoseki City. There are exhibits for academic and educational purposes as well as various collections of materials related to Japanese and Taiwanese archaeology and folk culture, and Christianity. There are permanent as well as temporary exhibitions and support group events, all of which draws a crowd.
  • Akiyoshi-dai Museum of Natural History
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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.
  • Yokoyama White Snake Viewing Facility
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    3.5
    26 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...

  • Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum
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    33 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.

    特別展は人気です。地方の美術館にしてはというとよくないかもしれませんが、垢抜けています。学芸員のセンスと実力をさらに発揮していってもらいていですね。

  • Yamaguchi Furusato Heritage Center
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Shimotatekouji 12
    This exhibition facility was created to promote the traditions and development of the industries and culture of Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The center utilizes three structures. The Manabi Hall, utilizes a Meiji era sake brewery, the Miyabi Hall adapted the residence of the Mine Family, a wealthy farmer of the Meiji period, and the newly constructed Takumi Hall. The noble architecture of the historic structures themselves are worth the visit.
  • Shimonoseki City Art Museum
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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.
  • Hagi Uragami Museum
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    36 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.

    An impressive museum for a relative small city. We didn't get to see everything, but the rooms housing master works of 20c ceramic artists were of very high quality, and there were many creative...

  • Akiyoshidai Safari Land
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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.
  • The Hagi Museum
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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.

  • Kikkawa Historical Museum
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama 2-7-3
    A history museum located in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture which preserves and displays historical materials and artwork passed down from the Kikkawa clan, the former rulers of the ancient Iwakuni Domain. The museum’s collection includes some 2,500 National Important Cultural Properties, such as an original copy of the historic epic the “Taiheiki” and the “Kikkawa-ke monjo” Kikkawa clan records, in addition to Kitsunegaseki, a long sword designated a National Treasure. The front gate was originally built as part of the retirement residence of the seventh lord of Iwakuni Domain in 1793 and is designated a Tangible Cultural Property by the city of Iwakuni. The complex also has a black granite stage as well as a garden covered with white gravel that is a must-see.

    岩国藩主吉川家に伝わる歴史資料や美術工芸品を収蔵展示している資料館です。国宝の太刀「狐ヶ崎」や吉川元春の兜や吉川広家の「なまづ形兜」などもあり、楽しめます。また、正門は「昌明館付長屋門」は建設当時の姿を留め、存在感があります。

  • Mori Museum
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    26 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.

    The Mori (Mohri) Museum is on the grounds of the Morishi Gardens (also called Mohri Park). It is contained in the house, built in 1916, that is made entirely of Japanese cypress and has gold-flake...

  • Yoshida Shoin History Museum
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    15 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...

  • Tokiwa Zoo
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    Yamaguchi Ube-shi Norisada 3-4-1 Tokiwa Park
  • Iwakuni Art Museum Kashiwara Collection
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama 2-10-27
    "Located an eight-minute drive from the Iwakuni Interchange on the Sanyo Expressway, this is one of the few art museums in Japan for old armor, and is in front of Iwakuni Castle Ropeway Mountain Foot Station. Storing approximately 6,000 pieces of armor such as suit armor and swords from the Nara period (710-794) to the Edo period (1603-1868), old documents, writings and old mirrors, it exhibits about 200 pieces including the famous Kawanakajima Kassenzu, a folding screen with eight panels painted the battle of Kawanakajima. In addition to the ""Life and Death Culture"" exhibition, which introduces armor with the lives of samurai, and ""Cultures of Life"" exhibition, which introduces the traditional culture that colored the lives of samurai, various special exhibitions and exhibitions are also held."
  • Shimonoseki City Archaeological Museum
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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."

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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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