Travel / Tourism Spots in Yamaguchi Area

  • Kanmon Tunnel Footpath
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    Fukuoka Kitakyushu-shi Moji-ku
    A 780-meter long subterranean pedestrian tunnel that connects Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture and Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. From the entrance you'll take an elevator underground where you can then cross the under the Kanmon Strait on foot. Midway you'll pass an underwater sign marking the prefectural boundaries, an uncommon sight in Japan. By showing the commemorative stamps available on either side of the tunnel you'll receive the Kanmon TOPPA! Commemorative Certificate.

    It is pretty cool to be able to walk from from island to the next so easily and these humans enjoyed the walk.

  • Akama Shrine
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    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.

    It is one of the main attractions in Shimonoseki. I strongly recommend you to visit this shrine. The entrance gate, painted in red and white, is photogenic.

  • Shoin Shrine
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 1537
    The Shoin Shrine in Hagi City is dedicated to Yoshida Shoin, a famous educator active in the Bakumatsu era (in the mid-19th century). The Shrine originated as a Hokora (small shrine) set up in Yoshida’s family home in 1890; the current Shrine building was completed in 1955. Yoshida Shoin is widely revered as a deity of learning, and many students with upcoming examinations visit the Shrine for the Hatsumode (the first visit to a shrine in the New Year) to pray for successful examination results.

    If you are at Tokoji Temple, then you should not miss this place, as it is like 800m away. The Shoin Shrine is the main attraction for sure, and you have to walk until the end, and in the short...

  • Shokasonjuku school
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 1537 Shoinjinsha in
    This is a private school which Yoshida Shoin’s uncle, Tamaki Bun’noshin opened in his own home. After which, Shonin’s uncle in law, Kubo Gorozaemon inherited the school and in 1857 Shoin started to preside over the school. The building is small, a single story building made of wood with a tiled roof, and a plaster figure of Shoin, a portrait and his desk sit in the 13.2 meters squared tatami room which was the class room. It is a private school that raised many patriots who became the driving force of the Meiji Restoration such as Takasugi Shinsaku, Ito Hirobumi and Yamagata Aritomo.

    There was the Meiji Restoration now on a day 150 years ago. This is the school which leader Shouin Yoshida (Japanese call him Yoshida Shouin Sensei ) opened. Shouin Yoshida died at the age of 28...

  • Monument of Hagi Castle Town
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Gofukumachi 2
    "This is a monument standing in a corner of ""Edoya Yokocho Alley"" and ""Onarimichi"" in Hagi city, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Visitors can view the charming alleys, shops and samurai residences in the surrounding area which was where merchants and middle to lower class samurai warriors once lived. The area has also been selected as a nationally designated historical site. Rental cycles, are available and many tourists make use of them to explore the castle town."

    Went to Hagi on January 16, 2020. Used my JR West pass to ride the shinkansen from Kokura to Shin Yamaguchi station. Then a 1 hour scenic bus ride to the Hagi Bus Center. From the bus stop, it...

  • Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine
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    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.

    Hofu Tenmangu is one of three major Tenmangu in Japan, beside Kyoto and Dazaifu. It is a highlight of Hofu sightseeing and absolutely worth visiting. The long passage to the shrine has a quaint...

  • Roadside Station Hagi Seamart
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 4160-61
    "This Roadside Station is located on Yamaguchi Prefectural Route 67, Hagikawakami line, and is connected directly with the fish market. Fresh fish and seafood are available at reasonable prices and can also be enjoyed in the restaurant. Visitors can see the famous ""kensaki squid"" and ""purple puffer fish"" in the tank on site as well. Many people visit for the lessons on how to fillet fish which are regularly held."

    I came to this market, for a short break and taking some simple meal, as it was around noon time, and they have fish tempura, noodle, bentos... Since I was walking from the furnace, then to the the...

  • Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Kameyamachou 4-1
    A Catholic church located in Yamaguchi City. The church was built in 1952 to commemorate 400 years since the missionary Francis Xavier came to Yamaguchi to proselytize. The original church building was destroyed in a fire; the current reconstruction was erected in 1998. The church's two steeples, more than 50 meters tall, are a Yamaguchi City landmark.

    This is a Catholic Church, which was built on the occasion of 400 anniversary of Xavier’s visit to Yamaguchi. Its white steeples in a blue sky are very beautiful. As I visited, it was closed (from...

  • Kaneko Misuzu Memorial Museum
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Senzaki 1308
    This is a memorial hall located in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, dedicated to the poet of children poems Kaneko Misuzu, and built on the site of Kaneko Buneido where she spent her childhood. Her kimonos and personal belongings are on display. In addition, the museum is designed to replicate the atmosphere of the time she spent there, and visitors can immerse themselves in the world of her stories in the retro atmosphere.

    I was born in Nagato city Yamaguchi. and its my hometown. I know the museum from when I was child. But, I went to there only one time. On this summer, I went to Misuzu museum with my friends. The...

  • Roadside Station Kitaura Kaido Hohoku
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Houhokuchoukandakami 314-1
    "This is a Roadside Station located on along National Route 191 in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture and is famous for being located at the westernmost point of Honshu. Fresh seafood straight from the fishing port and seasonal produce are available at the ""Houhoku Dream Market"". There is also a restaurant called ""Wakuwakutei"" serving fresh seafood. It is possible to see the sea of Kitaura and Tsunoshima Island from the observation terrace, and many tourists visit the spot."

    かなり大きな道の駅で地元の方もたくさんお見えになっているようです。お土産屋さんも充実していて、この一帯の観光スポットのお土産を販売しています。セルフサービスレストランも併設されていますがお昼時はとても込み合っていました。

  • Toko-ji Temple
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 1647
    The Toko-ji Temple is a temple in Hagi City belonging to the Obaku school of Zen Buddhism; it was the Bodai-ji (family temple) of the Mori family, the lords of the Hagi Domain. The temple was built in 1691 on the orders of Mori Yoshinari, the third lord of Hagi; the tombs of the fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh lords of Hagi, along with those of their wives and concubines, are in the Mori family graveyard within the Temple grounds. The Toko-ji Temple features several interesting examples of Chinese-style architecture, including the So-mon (main gate), the Daioho-den hall and the Shoro (bell tower), all of which have been designated as Important Cultural Properties.

    We loved visiting here. The long wide walkway up to the main temple in a setting of old pines. Walking around it we came upon a shaded grassy area with graves of warriors. This area leads to a much...

  • 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.

  • Kozanji Temple
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Choufukawabata 1-2-3
    "This is a Soto sect temple in Shimonoseki City and the statue of ""Senju Kannon Bodhisattva"" is revered as the main idol of worship. The temple was established in 1327, and was designated as a national treasure during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) as an example of Zen Buddhist architecture. It is also known as a place of many historical events. There is a statue of Takasugi Shinsaku on horseback in the precincts and the temple loved by history fans."

    Located in Chofu castle town, a place with long Japan history. It is about 25-minute bus ride from the Shimonoseki train station. Impressive wooden gate and nice temple grounds.

  • Hagi Meirin Gakusha
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Emukai 602
    "This wooden facility in Hagi city, Yamaguchi Prefecture, makes use of the site of the ""Hagi Clan School Meirin-kan"", famous as one of the largest wooden school buildings in Japan. The facility consists of the main building and a second building, and visitors can view exhibitions presented on panels, inspect inside the school and attic. The school is visited by many interested in the end of the Edo period."

    This is a relatively new museum based in the historic old school. Half the museum is free and a small entrance fee for the rest. The most friendly and helpful people to guide and there is a lot of...

  • The Sesshu Garden at Joei-ji Temple
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Miyanoshimo 2001-1
    According to tradition, the Sesshu Garden was designed around 500 years ago by the famous painter-monk Sesshu Toyo as the garden for what was then the villa of the local lord Ouchi Masahiro. A temple was later built on the site of the villa. The Sesshu Garden is located on the north side of the Hon-do (Main Hall) of the temple, the name of which was changed from the Myoki-ji Temple to the Joei-ji Temple. The Garden has been designated as a National Historic Site and as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. This traditional Japanese-style garden with forested hills behind it on the eastern, western and northern sides features a pond with four artificial islands in it, surrounded by carefully-arranged rocks and a “dry waterfall” of stones; visitors get a real sense of the culture of the Muromachi period when the garden was built.

    If you have the time, it is worth a visit. We went on a rainy day so no one was there. We had the garden to ourselves. I would like to visit it again on a sunny day so I can walk up the hill further...

  • Kameyama Hachimangu Shrine
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Nakanochou 1-1
    This shrine, known locally as Seki no Ujigamisama, enshrines Emperor Ojin, Emperor Chuai, Empress Jingu, and Emperor Nintoku. The approximately 12.7-meter-tall gate is made with white granite is famous as the largest in Japan. The grounds also hold the Fuku-no-Zo, a statue of a blowfish, and the charms and ema prayer plaques are also shaped like blowfish.

    Kameyama Hachimangu is located on the top of a small hill, and so the view of Kanmon Strait from the shrine is wonderful. Kameyama battery once stood in the precinct of this shrine.

  • Sumiyoshi Shrine
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Ichinomiyasumiyoshi 1-11-1
    This shrine is known as one of the three biggest Sumiyoshi Shrines in Japan along with the Sumiyoshi Shrine in Fukuoka City and Osaka City. The main shrine is designated as a national treasure, and the hall of worship, built by donations from MOTONARI Mori, is an Important Cultural Property. An annual festival is held from December 8th to 15th , where shimenawa rope is spread all over in the grounds, meaning that general visitors cannot enter, and priests cannot leave and must purify themselves.

    住吉神社は、「長門国一の宮」として知られるわが国有数の神社です。 大阪の住吉大社・博多の住吉神社とともに「日本三大住吉」の1つに数えられます。 拝殿は国の重要文化財、本殿は国宝に指定されています。 本殿は九間社流造、とても美しい流造りで圧巻です。 朱色の拝殿との調和が絵になります。 大阪の住吉大社が住吉三神の和魂を祀るのに対し、こちらは荒魂を祀るとされます。 流石に一の宮ですね、格式が高く荘厳な雰...

  • Birthplace of Takasugi Shinsaku
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Minamifuruhagimachi 23
    Takasugi Shinsaku created the first auxiliary irregular militia in Japan known as Kiheitai which, with its novel idea and dynamism, led to the triumphant victory over the shogunate. The birthplace of Takasugi Shinsaku, the lucky mercenary of the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate, is located in Minamifuruhagi Town, Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Currently, the southern part of the former residence is open to the public. In addition to the well said to be used to give the newborn Shinsaku his first bath and a memorial stone with Shinsaku’s haiku engraved on it, there are a number of artifacts connected with Takasugi Shinsaku on display in the old house. * Because the house is privately owned only viewing from outside is permitted.

    located in the hirtorical distric. quiet and oldly kept in conventional situation. need to pay 100yen for entry

  • Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Yudaonsen 1-11-21
    This is a memorial museum located in Yamaguchi City, the birthplace of the poet, Chuya Nakahara. It has been built on the site of the Nakahara clinic, Chuya’s childhood home. The museum exhibits manuscripts and personal belongings of Chuya Nakahara. There is a permanent exhibition where visitors can view books on the first floor, and visitors can enjoy CDs, a document search room and special exhibitions on the second floor.

    金子みすずさんと共に山口県を代表する有名な方です。3月の3連休に湯田温泉に宿泊した際訪れました。人は少なく、ゆっくりと作品を観賞できました。

  • Mohri Garden
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Tatara 1-15-1
    The Mohri Garden is a large garden, covering an area of 84,000 square meters, which has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. This is a garden arranged so that visitors walk around a central pond; various features—including specially positioned groups of rocks, plants, grass lawns, stone bridges and footpaths—have been arranged around the Hyotan-ike Pond. The most visually impressive part of the Garden is the area of level garden in front of the reception and study room. The Mohri Garden is also famous as a marvelous place to view autumn foliage; the autumn leaves are at their best between mid-November and late November each year.

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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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