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  • Kaikyo Yume Tower
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Buzendachou 3-3-1
    Opened in 1996, the 153-meter-high Kaikyo Yume Tower is an important landmark of the Kanmon Straits. The Tower is the central building of the Yamaguchi International Trade & Cultural Center (also known as “Kaikyo Messe Shimonoseki”) in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. From the observatory, at a height of 143 meters, visitors can look down on the Kanmon Straits (between Honshu and Kyushu), and along the coast from Ganryu-jima Island across to Hibikinada on the Kyushu side of the Straits. The sight of the sun going down behind Hibikinada, and the nightscape, are very romantic, and the Tower is also illuminated at nighttime. The Kaikyo Yume Tower is renowned as a “Sanctuary for Lovers,” and couples account for many of the visitors to the Tower.

    Having walked from Mojiko Station, crossing the Kanmon Straits via the pedestrian tunnel underneath and continuing walking almost all the way to Shimonoseki Station, it was a fitting to review the...

  • 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.
  • Chofu Mori Residence
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Choufusoushamachi 4-10
    This is a residence built in 1903 by Mori Mototoshi, who was the 14th generation head of the Mori family. Some rooms have been left as they were at that time as a result of also being used as lodgings for Emperor Meiji. You can command a view of three types of garden from the stately main wing of this house which is an example of a samurai residence structure: the three types of garden are the “Chisen Kaiyushiki” (strolling pond) garden, the “Shoin” (lit. drawing room) garden and a traditional Japanese dry landscape garden. This place is also well known as a famous spot for viewing of autumn leaves.

    If you are interested in the old Japanese houses and gardens, this is one of those. One of the Mori clans here lived. Emperor Meiji has stayed here twice when travelling western Japan. Garden is not...

  • Important Cultural Property - Kikuya Residence
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Gofukumachi 1-1
    This is the residence of the Kikuya family who were wealthy merchants of Hagi domain. The Ouchi clan lived in attendance in Yamaguchi but following the downfall of the Ouchi they became merchants. In 1604, accompanying Mori Terumoto’s move to Hagi, the Kikuya family were bestowed land where their residence is now located and set about constructing a home. This residence which has a 400-year history is among the oldest surviving examples in the whole country as an existing merchant. The main house which has a spacious tatami room was constructed in the early Edo period. Five buildings starting with the main house have been designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

    The highlight of the visit of this house is a beautiful garden. The main room of the house opens up on the view of the garden.

  • Shizukiyama Shrine
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Horiuchi 2nd district castle 1-1
    The Shizukiyama Shrine was built in 1878 within the ruins of the Honmaru (central bailey) of Hagi Castle by local volunteers. Formerly designated as a Prefectural Shrine, the Shizukiyama Shrine is dedicated to five deified members of the Mori family―Mori Motanari, Mori Takamoto, Mori Terumoto, Mori Takachika and Mori Motonori―and every member of the family that ruled the Hagi domain is commemorated at the Shrine down to the 12th generation. The Midori Yoshino variety of cherry tree that grows in the foothills nearby is a precious cherry tree variety that can only be seen in Hagi.
  • Hanano-e Tea House
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Horiuchi Hagi Castle Shigetsu in the park
    A tasteful tea room located in Shizuki Park. This building was the 13th feudal lord Mori Takachika’s family villa Hanano-e court’s tea room called “Jizai-an”, which was originally located in Sannomaru but was dismantled and relocated here in approximately 1889. The building has been designated as a Tangible Cultural Property of Hagi City. It is said that Mori Takachika had lively debates and exchanged secret conferences on the pretence of gathering here with the vassals for tea ceremonies.
  • Hagi Uragami Museum
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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...

  • 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.

    The shrine itself was not as impressive as the buildings within it that have the schoolhouse and homes.

  • Hirobumi Ito Former Residence & villa
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 1515
    This is Ito Hirobumi’s villa, who was central to the drafting of the Meiji Constitution and became the first Prime Minister. Ito Hirobumi’s former residence was a small house of about 95.9 meters squared which is a one-story house built with a thatched roof, while the villa was part of a vast villa built in Oimura, Tokyo in 1907; one part of which was dismantled and rebuilt here as it is. Volunteer guides are stationed at the villa, who can help you to learn more about the facilities.
  • 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.

    This is a hidden gem. Walk through the gates and around to the back where there are so many stone lanterns and the graveyard of half of the Mori feudal lords. There is lots of moss and no other...

  • Myojin Pond (Myojinike)
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki east
    The Myojin Pond is located on the east foot of Mt. Kasayama. It was created when a land bridge was formed by a sandbank between Mt. Kasayama and the mainland, and the body of water remaining after the split was filled and became Myojin Pond. It consists of three parts, “oike” (large pond), “nakano-ike” (middle pond) and the “okuno-ike” (inner pond), and as it is connected with the open sea through the gap between the mass of lava rock, you can see the tide as it rises and falls. The lake was called “Benten lake” as Benzaiten (the god of wealth) was enshrined on the northern side of the pond, and it was also called “the teahouse lake” as the feudal lord’s tea room was also built in this picturesque place.
  • HAGI GLASS Art Studio
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki Higashi Kogenhama 1189 - 453
    The HAGI GLASS Art Studio is the only workshop making Hagi Glass in Hagi City. The Studio was established in 1992 with the aim of reviving the tradition of making Hagi Glass, which was first developed in 1859 by Nakashima Jihei, a feudal retainer of the Choshu domain. The HAGI GLASS Art Studio creates a wide range of products that make great gifts, including pale green quartz basalt glassware, 10-sided Hagi facet glass vessels, etc. The Studio also has a classroom where visitors can try their hand at making glassware.

    昔にガラスの生産が萩で行われていたようです。 その伝統を生かしたガラス製品は優しい色使いで 女性の方にもお勧めです。 時間がなくて、今回は体験しませんでしたがガラス制作体験もあるようです!!

  • Yuzuya Honten (flagship shop)
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki Higashi Nagoya 1189
    This shop creates and sells hand-made citrus products with absolutely no preservatives, coloring, or additives from summer oranges, sour oranges, yuzu citruses, which are the specialty fruits of Hagi. At the direct-sales shop the fresh natsumikan (summer orange) juice is popular, while such items for order as the sliced natsumikan, marmalade and yuzu citrus vinegar are arrayed for tasting. During certain seasons, one can watch them make the citrus products.
  • Senshunraku Jozan
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Horiuchi 31-15
    Senshunraku Jozan is a ceramics workshop which has Kaneko Nobuhiko, a ceramist who has won many awards including the Yamaguchi Prefecture Cultural Achievement Award, working there; here, visitors can experience the beauty of Hagi-ware, a ceramic tradition with a history going back more than 400 years. Besides opportunities to view the potters at work and have a guided tour of the bank kiln, there is also a gallery showcasing the workshop’s creations and a large gift shop. In the experiential classroom, visitors can enjoy learning how to paint Hagi-ware, how to shape pots by hand, etc. Meals can be arranged for larger groups of visitors.
  • 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.
  • Rurikoji Temple
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Kouzanchou 7-1
    This Soto Zen Buddhist temple was founded in 1471. It was reportedly built by Sue Hirofusa's wife to honor him after his passing. Originally called Anyoji Temple, the name later changed to Rurikoji Temple. It was relocated to its present spot in 1604 from Nihotakano in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The five-story pagoda on the precincts is considered to be the tenth oldest outdoor structure in Japan. There are also many historic spots from the time of the Meiji Restoration, like the tomb of Mori Takachika, the feudal lord during the period.
  • Senjojiki
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Hekinaka 1138-1
    An expansive grass-covered plain on a hill in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture 333 meters above sea level. The Sea of Japan and vast open blue sky stretch away far into the distance, and visitors can see all the way to Six islands in Hagi City as well as Mishima Island. A popular camping destination where you can enjoy the wonders of nature as well, in summer boats burning fires to lure fish at night create a beautiful scene on the ocean waters. At the mountain hut-style Country Kitchen café, you can enjoy lunch, a light meal, or a beverage.
  • Beppu Benten Pond
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Shuhouchoubeppu Water
    A fresh spring pond located on the grounds of Beppu Itsukushima-jinja Shrine in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. This mystical pond sparkles cobalt blue in the sunlight, and it is one of the top sightseeing destinations in the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau area. The waters of the pond, welling up from the limestone of the karst plateau, are rich in calcium, and are a cold 14°C. Selected as one of Japan’s 100 most famous waters, locals also use its waters for cooking, washing vegetables, and other daily lives. There is a water station near the pond for people to draw fresh spring water. Legend has it that the spring burst forth after the elder of a town facing a water shortage prayed here to the goddess Benzaiten as instructed in a dream, and each year on the first Sunday in September, a Benten Festival is held and a dance called the Beppu Nenbutsu Odori is offered to the goddess.
  • 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.

  • Ryugu no Shiofuki (The Dragon Spout)
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Yuyatsuou
    A National Natural Monument and Place of Scenic Beauty located in Yuyatsuo, Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. When the wind blows from the north and makes the seas here choppy, the waves are pushed into a small hole in the cliff face one meter tall and 20 centimeters wide, causing water to shoot into the air like a Spout. The Spout can reach heights of up to 30 meters, creating a powerful spectacle resembling a dragon shooting into the sky. A path, covered with 123 red torii gates, leads from the Spout up a hill to Motonosumi Inari Shrine. This area is popular in part because of the gorgeous scenery created by the contrast of the torii gates and the ocean.

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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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