Sightseeing Spot Spots in Yamaguchi Area

  • 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.
  • Aspirante
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Ebisumachi 1-1-28
    This is a local community center in Hofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It serves as a base for local cultural activities, and holds many art related events like art shows, concerts, and lectures. They also host music classes and seminars, doll-making workshops, observation outings, and other events.

    When you Go out JR station from the north exit, you can find it on your right hand side. It is a kind of community center. The monuments in front of the building are quite noticeable.

  • Mori-no-Teien Gardens, Refresh Park Toyoura
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    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Toyouracho Kawatana 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.


  • Mimosusogawa Park
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    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Mimosusogawacho 1
    "This historical site of Shimonoseki City is the site of the ""Dannoura Battle"", the last battle between the Genji and Heike clans. ""Mimosuso River Park"" is in front of the ancient battlefield and monuments and statues such as ""Statue of Taira no Tomomori"", ""Statue of Minamoto no Yoshitsune"" and ""Drowning Site of Emperor Antoku Stone Monument"" are situated around the park. The Kanmon Tunnel runs directly under the ancient battlefield."
  • Foot Bath and Drinking Springs, in front of Yuda Hot Springs Tourist Information
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    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."
  • Kannon Suisha Dekamarukun
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Mikawamachinekasa 3039
    "Located a 30-minute drive from the Iwakuni Interchange on the Sanyo Expressway or the Muikaichi Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway, this huge water wheel 12 meters in diameter was made using specially made cedar in 1990. It is near ""Negasaiwaya Kannon,"" where a wooden Buddha state dedicated by Kobo Daishi is said to have become a Buddha statue like stalactite over a long period of time after being exposed to water droplets including lime, and it suddenly appears when you approach along the path to the temple. It reopened after renovations in March 2010."
  • Kawatana no Kusu no Mori
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Toyourachoukawatana Shionokono
    "This massive camphor tree, estimated at over 1,000 years old, is a sacred tree believed to contain the spirit of warring states general Ouchi Yoshitaka's beloved horse Hibarige. It is a designated National Natural Monument, and one of Japan's Three Largest Trees. It's also quite popular as a natural ""power spot"" offering success in romance, bringing not only locals, but travelers from afar as well."
  • Chogen no Sato Village
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Tokudifukadani 1137
    This activity and social park recreates mountain village scenery of the early Showa era. It was visited once by a Japanese Buddhist monk, Chogen, who was in charge of the rebuilding of Todai-ji Temple, to source lumber, and traces of that visit still remain. Inside the grounds, you can visit the Folk Culture Center lo learn about Chogen, and they have papermaking and indigo dyeing activity centers as well. There are also restaurants to allow you to take your time and enjoy the history.
  • Seishun Kokyo Pagoda
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    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Arukapoto 5
    A monument in Haikara'tto Yokocho on National Route 9 in Arukapoto, Shimonoseki City. It was completed in 2003 by the sculptor Kiichi Sumikawa who also oversaw the design of the Tokyo Sky Tree. The roughly 10-meter high stone pillars are reminiscent of two swords, expressing the camaraderie of Takasugi Shinsaku and Sakamoto Ryoma, who dreamed of a new era.
  • Shimonoseki History Picture Show
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    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi
    A picture-story show performed at Mimosusogawa Park on National Route 9 in Mimosusogawa-cho, Shimonoseki City. The show starts whenever spectators gather between 10:00 and 15:00 when the event is in session. It takes about ten minutes. The program varies depending on the time of the year, but features Shimonoseki's history, including the Battle of Dannoura, the duel at Ganryu-jima Island, Takasugi Shinsaku, and Sakamoto Ryoma.
  • Senjogahara Park
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    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Ushirodacho 5
  • Fireflies in Toyota-cho, Shimonoseki City
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    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Toyotacho Nakamura 876-4
    Toyota-cho, Shimonoseki City, is known as a hot spot for fireflies with areas like the Genjibotaru firefly habitat at the Koya River; it's a national Natural Monument. In June tens of thousands of fireflies from nine species sparkle throughout the town when they operate a Firefly Boat and hold events such as the Toyota Firefly Festival.
  • Kidani Valley
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    Yamaguchi Iwakuni-shi Nishikimachi Hirose
  • Fireflies in Funotani, Nishimura Ward
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    Yamaguchi Iwakuni-shi Nishikimachi Funotani
    A roughly three-kilometer area along the Funotani River with an abundance of fireflies. A variety called Genjibotaru is active from the beginning of June, and Heikebotaru fireflies make their appearance in late June. With little light pollution from the surrounding area, it's a great spot to view them flickering the darkness. The Funotani Firefly Festival is held around the middle of June every year when a tent is set up selling locally grown vegetables, coffee, zenzai red bean soup, etc.
  • Hikari Sports Park Hydrangea Garden
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    Yamaguchi Hikari-shi Mitsui 110 Hikari Sports Park
    A famous spot for hydrangeas in the hills of Hikari Sports Park. There are about 15,000 plants of about 30 native and non-native species including Gaku hydrangea, Lorelei, and bigleaf hydrangea. They are usually in full bloom from early to late June when the slope is covered in a profusion of blooming hydrangeas. During the period it's lit up until 9 p.m., offering more mysterious scenery than during the day. An observatory at the top of the walkway's stairs lets you look down on the hydrangeas in bloom across the slope.
  • Shichiju River Fireflies
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    Yamaguchi Nagato-shi Tawarayama Nanae
    "This firefly viewing spot is located along the clear waters of the Shichiju River surrounded by a rich natural environment. The famous scenic spot ""Shichidan no Taki"" (seven-tiered waterfall) is nearby. In early June, the local festival ""Tezukuri Hotaru Matsuri in Tawarayama"" is held with an at-home atmosphere, and it has become a summer tradition in Tawarayama with a bingo contest, bazaar and band performances. On Saturdays and Sundays during the season, there is a hotaru firefly bus that runs from Tawarayama Onsen, so many tourists also come while visiting hot springs."
  • Hagi Okan Bairin-en Garden
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    Yamaguchi Hagi-shi Tsubaki 1125
    This plum garden spreads along the old Hagi Okan road, which saw over many of the great figures, patriotic samurais of the Restoration. The garden spreads over about 9,600 square meters, and has about 350 trees of 13 varieties. It was opened in 1992 to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Yoshida Shoin's birth. The scarlet-plum type double-blossomed Hi no Tsukasa is the earliest bloomer, and after it comes the single-bloom Bungo Japanese plum, weeping plum Gyokko Shidare, and others to bring the trees to brilliant color. Most years, the peak season is from late February through mid-March. The Hagi Okan Plum Garden festival coincides with full-bloom.
  • Kasayama Camellia Grove
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    Yamaguchi Hagi-shi Chinto Koshigahama
    Toragasaki cape is at the north end of Mt. Kasa. The roughly ten hectares of land are home to about 25,000 camellia trees, which burst into brilliant bloom from early December through late March, making the season relatively long. The peak season is from mid-February through late March, and the Hagi Camellia Festival is held every year during this time.. The park has walking trails and an observatory deck, offering views of the camellia woods and the Sea of Japan from 13 meters in the air.
  • Jokamachi Chofu
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    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Chofu
  • Dairakuji Temple
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    Yamaguchi Hofu-shi Kuwanoyama 1-chome 5-10

    It is not a touristic temple. But the main gate is imposing and it matches, in this season, cherry blossoms around. There is a grave of Natume Masako, an actress, who died of leukemia at the age of...

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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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