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  • Kintaikyo Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Iwakuni
    Kintaikyo Bridge is ranked as one of Japan’s three most famous bridges, and is a wooden construction with five consecutive arched bridge that span the clear streams of the Nishikigawa River in Iwakuni City. It was built in 1673 by the Iwakuni clan’s lord Kikkawa Hiroyoshi. With a total length of 193 meters and a width of five meters, the bridge has been constructed using timberwork technique involving joints and coupling. Although it was swept away by a typhoon in 1950, it was restored in 1953. There are numerous opportunities to appreciate the scenery in all four seasons such as cormorant fishing during the summer and colorful changing leaves in the autumn, yet the blossoming cherry trees in spring are particularly beautiful, and the area has been designated as one of Japan’s top 100 places to see cherry blossoms.
  • Tsunoshima-ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Shimonoseki City Shimonoseki
    A bridge connecting Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture to the island of Tsunoshima. The bridge is also one of the longest non-toll bridges connecting to an isolated island in Japan. The bridge stretching across the emerald green Amagase sea is lovely, and the area is a popular filming location for television shows and commercials. The expansive view, seemingly out of a country other than Japan, is visited by large numbers of tourists year-round. Note that photography is prohibited in the emergency parking zone in the center of the bridge.
  • Motonosumi Inari Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Yuyatsuou 498
    A Shinto shrine located in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Although there are many “Inari” shrines in the country, Motonosumi Inari Shrine uses characters which differ from those normally used to write “Inari” and is one of only two shrines in the country to use these specific characters for “Inari.” After a white fox appeared besides the pillow of the head of a local fisherman’s union and made a pronouncement, this shrine was established here as a branch shrine of the Taikodani Inari-jinja Shrine in Shimane Prefecture in 1955. The shrine is said to provide worshipers with a variety of boons, including prosperous business, maritime safety, luck in love and marriage, luck in having children, improved fortunes, and protection from evil and misfortune. The shrine’s biggest highlight is the 123 red torii gates which form a tunnel along a path leading from the sea to the shrine at the top of a hill. In the background, blue ocean stretches to the horizon and the area’s famed “Ryugu no Shiofuki” (“The Dragon Spout”) occasionally bursts into the air in a shower of mist, and this site was even elected by the CNN television network in the US as one of the 31 most beautiful spots in Japan. The giant torii gate at the end of the trail has an offertory box on top famous for being the most difficult to place a coin into in Japan.
  • Akiyoshido
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Shuhouchouakiyoshi 3506-2
    Akiyoshidai, in the eastern part of Mine City in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is home to the “Akiyoshido,” Japan’s greatest limestone cave. The entrance to the cave has a height of 24 meters and a width of eight meters, and the cave’s deepest point is about 200 meters below the surface. There are plenty of sights to see such as the giant Golden Pillar, a travertine pillar with a height of approximately 15 meters, and the Hundred Saucers, which look like terraced rice-fields. The interior of the cave stretches for nearly 10 kilometers, but the sightseeing path only ventures to about one kilometer into the cave. The temperature remains stable at nearly 17°C throughout the year, and a wide range of ages can comfortably tour the cave.
  • Akiyoshi-dai Plateau
    Travel / Tourism
    Mimaki City Yamaguchi
    Believed to have been formed some 350 million years ago as a coral reef, the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau is one of Japan’s largest karst plateaus and boasts a total area of around 54 square kilometers. Countless rugged limestone protrusions jut out of the scenic vast grass-covered plain, and flowers can be found here growing year round. Scenic observatory offers panoramic views of the magnificent plain. The limestone of Akiyoshido, a designated Special Natural Monument, is another of the area’s highlights. The entire area is also designated as a Quasi-National Park which serves as a popular leisure spot where visitors can go hiking and trekking.
  • The Five-storeyed Pagoda of the Ruriko-ji Temple (a National Treasure)
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Kouzanchou 7-1 Inside of Kayama Park
    This is a five-tier pagoda located within Kozan Park in Yamaguchi City. The cypress shingled roofs of this pagoda, artistically stretching and decreasing in size, up to the highest tier make for a well-proportioned elegant tower. This pagoda is named one of the Top 3 most beautiful pagodas in Japan. Erected around 1442, at the height of the Ouchi culture, it is a masterpiece of the time, and a designated National Treasure. The tower is 31.2 meters in height. Set against the natural backdrop of each season, cherry blossoms, fall foliage, or snow, the pagoda is a picturesque sight. The night lit profile is also a must see.
  • Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine
    132 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    We heard this is an important shrine in Hofu so we planned for a trip. It is one of Japan’s leading Tenman-gu (shrines sacred to the God of Academic Learning) which ranked alongside the Dazaifu...

  • Tsunoshima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Houhokuchoutsunoshima
    This is a small island with a circumference of 17.1 kilometers and is located in the Sea of Japan and is part of Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The 1780 meter long Tsunoshima Ohashi Bridge is suspended between Tsunoshima Island and the mainland. Tsunoshima Lighthouse is located at Yumega Cape which is situated in the north-west of the island, and it stands at a height of 29.6 meters. It is possible to climb up to the landing of the spiral staircase. In addition, Yumesakinami Park which is adjacent to Tsunoshima Lighthouse park is a great scenic spot where you can see the evening sun setting in the Sea of Japan.
  • Akama Shrine
    256 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Akama Shrine has one unique looking gate that sets it apart from the typical Japanese shrines. While not worth going out of the way for, it’s a short walk from Karato Market

  • Lake Beisen
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Kudamatsushi Seto
    A lake at Suetakegawa Dam in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Lake Beisenko park is maintained on the shore and is where a variety of regular events, including the Lake Beisenko Summer Jamboree, are held. It is also known as a famous fishing spot which attracts many visitors with their black bass.
  • Refresh Park Toyoura
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Toyourachoukawatana Takano 2035 - 9
    Enjoy a wide variety of seasonal flowers at this famous Flower Park in Shimonoseki City. The Play Area offers a variety of play equipment such as a playground set, dragon slide, and a zipline, making it very popular for children. Every fall they hold the Cosmos Festival, where over one million cosmos flowers bloom.

    川棚温泉の奥にあります コスモス畑がとても大きく、家族連れにお勧めです 他に遊具もありたのしめます。

  • Omi Island (Omijima)
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Senzaki Through
    "This island situated in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture is also known as ""The Alps of the Sea"", and there are many strange rocks and boulders sculpted by great nature, such as cave entrances, precipitous cliffs and stone pillars. It is a popular spot for scuba diving and attracts many divers from across Japan. You can take a stroll down the Omijima Shizen Kenkyuro sightseeing path and also ride the pleasure boat to enjoy the view."
  • Foot Bath and Drinking Springs, in front of Yuda Hot Springs Tourist Information
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Yudaonsen 2-1-23
    "These are foot bath facilities in Yamaguchi City, and refers to six locations in the Yuda Hot Springs town center. The foot baths are at Inoue Park, in front of Yuda Onsen station, in front of the Tourist Information Center, within the community center, ""Sunfresh Yamaguchi"", and on Yunomachi Street"". All the baths are free of charge and are frequented by both hot spring guests and local residents."
  • DREAM SHIP Shimonoseki City Lifelong Learning Plaza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Hosoechou 3-1-1
    A social education center in Shimonoseki City. As the base site for cultural exchange, they hold concerts and performances in the Sea Hall (the grand auditorium), the Wind Hall (small auditorium), and Sky Hall (multipurpose auditorium). Moreover, with classrooms for events such as meetings, workshops and cooking classes, they help further all sorts of social education.
  • Mutsu Memorial Museum
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Oshimagunsuouoshimachou Ihota 2211-3
    "This museum located in Oshima County, Yamaguchi Prefecture, exhibits documents, items and relics from the salvaged ""Battleship Mutsu"". Visitors can also view the bow and propeller in the outdoor exhibition. There is also a memorial monument erected on a spot overlooking the sea and many tourists visit the museum."

    It was a very interesting place to visit, with many artifacts from the families of the victims of the Mutsu ship sinking, but there were no signs in English, so it was difficult to understand what...

  • Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Shuhouchouakiyoshi Akiyoshidai
    "This is an observation deck located in the southern part of ""Akiyoshidai Higashidai"". The second floor has a circular shape and visitors can enjoy a panorama view of 360 degrees from the lookout. In addition to overlooking the Karst topography of Akiyoshidai and grasslands, the boundary between the forest and grasslands can be easily seen. The observation deck is also wheelchair friendly. "
  • Kasado Ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi ken Shimomatsu city nostril
    This bridge over Kasado Bay in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, connects Kudamatsu City and Kasado Island. This beautiful red truss bridge was completed in 1970 and is a symbol of Kudamatsu City. Kasado Island is said to be where Kojiro SASAKI stopped on his way to Kyushu while following Musashi MIYAMOTO.
  • Kanmon Tunnel
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Mimosusogawachou Yamaguchi-ken Kunono-cho, Shimonoseki-shi (road section) (Humanitarian department)
    This tunnel connects Shimonoseki City and Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture and passes under the Kanmon Strait, separating Yamaguchi and Fukuoka Prefectures. There is a tunnel for pedestrians, bicycles, motorized bicycles of 50 cc or less, which is used as a jogging or walking course. In addition, there are tunnels for a highway and a railroad for the Sanyo main line, and the Shin-Kanmon Tunnel for the Sanyo Shinkansen.
  • Iwakuni Shirohebi Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Imadumachi 6-4-2
    "This is a shrine in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The deity worshipped at ""Itsukushima Shrine"", in Hiroshima Prefecture was relocated, and the shrine founded in a sacred festival in 2012. The ""white snake"" have been designated as a natural monument, and with their faith and protection many worshipers visit praying for luck with money and business prosperity. Visitors are able to find decorations and design elements based around white snakes."
  • Yoshika Taibi Memorial Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki Higashi Eikyu mountain 426-1
    This museum is located in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and exhibits pottery wares of the famed Hagi-yaki potter Taibi Yoshika and local ceramic artists. In addition, watercolor paintings, pottery tools and raw materials, etc. are displayed. Events such as Hagi-yaki pottery experience programs, to promote culture, are also held.

Yamaguchi Main Areas


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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