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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.
  • Motonosumi Inari Shrine
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    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.
  • The Five-storeyed Pagoda of the Ruriko-ji Temple (a National Treasure)
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    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
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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.

    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...

  • 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.

    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

  • 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
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    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...

  • Iwakuni Shirohebi Shrine
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    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
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    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.
  • 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 it's 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...

  • Ebisugahana Shipyard
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 5159-14
    "This is an historic site in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It is the site of the shipyard where the Choshu Domain built a Western-style sailing ship in towards the end of the Tokugawa period. It is a World Heritage site representing the ""Industrial Revolution of the Meiji Period of Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding, and the Coal Industry"". Visitors can enjoy the sea view from the stone breakwater wall."
  • Kotozaki Hachimangu Shrine
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Ubeshi Kamiube Omakoji 571
    "This shrine in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, worships Hachiman as the main god, and conducts prayers for marriage, safe delivery and traffic safety. Shinto wedding ceremonies are also held. The shrine also holds various seasonal events such as ""Setsubun Grand Festival"" in February and the ""Wind Chime Festival"" in July, etc. The shrine is also famous for offering over 800 kinds lucky charms."
  • Suonokuni Ichinomiya Tamanooya Shrine
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Osaki 1690
    This shrine in Hofu City received the deity divided from the Tamanooya Shrine in Osaka Prefecture, and it is the main shrine for the Tamanooya Shrines. The grounds of the temple are considered as the birthplace of Japanese black kashiwa chickens, which are designated as a natural monument. There are two enshrined deities: Tamanooya no Mikoto and another unknown, and Tama no Iwaya (grotto) is the grave of the god Tamanooya no Mikoto.
  • 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.

    大阪に住吉大社、博多の住吉神社とともに日本三大住吉の一社です。日本書紀に依れば200年に神功皇后が「三韓征伐」の帰りにこの地で「私の荒魂を長門の山田邑まつりなさい」という神託を住吉三神かり授かり、創建したそうです。海上交通の要の下関にふさわしい海上交通を守護する航海安全の神様です。現在の本殿は1370年に大内弘世によって造営され、第一から第五の五殿が連なり国宝に指定されています。

  • Togyo-an
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    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Yoshida Town 1184
    "This is a historic building in Shimonoseki City, which was founded in 1844 as a place of worship for Shinsaku Takasugi who played a part in the Meiji Restoration. The ""White-robed Kannon Bodhisattva"" is revered as the main idol of worship and it is a branch temple of Kozanji Temple of the Soto sect of Buddhism. In addition to the honorable monuments and the monument for the poetry of Takasugi, visitors can also enjoy the blossoming sal trees, symbolic of the sacred ground, as well other flowering trees in each season."

    高杉晋作のお墓がありました。維新の志士たちの記念館もあり、歴史の勉強もできます。初代庵主となったのは、高杉晋作の愛妾おうのさんです。

  • Shoin-jinja Shrine Treasure Hall, Shiseikan
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 1537
    This museum in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, exhibits documents and the personal belongings of Yoshida Shoin, as well as explaining the City of Hagi through panels etc. In addition to the exhibition, there is a museum shop providing re-printed manuscripts used at the Shokason Juku school as well as the catalogue of the treasures. Part of the museum can be entered free of charge, and there is also an area requiring an entrance fee.
  • 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.

  • Akasaki-jinja Shrine Gakusajiki
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Higashifukawa Inside Doi 2668
    This is an outdoor theater in Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture using the curved contours on the northeastern slope of Mt. Akasaki. Around 400 years ago, people in the area prayed at the Akasaki-jinja Shrine for their horses and cattle which were infected with a disease. Their prayers were answered so the people dedicated arts and dance to express their gratitude. It is known as an academically valuable cultural asset.
  • Issei Maebara Former Residence
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Hijiwara 315-1
    The former home of Maebara Issei, a central figure of the 1878 Hagi Rebellion, can be found at this historic site in Sanyo-Onoda City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The building has been renovated twice but the old well and old persimmon trees remain, evoking an atmosphere of the past. The building is still privately owned so visitors can only view the exterior.
  • Hanaoka Hachiman Shrine
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Kudamatsushi Suetakekami 400
    This shrine is in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It enshrines the deity which was divided from Usa Hachimangu Shrine in Oita and transferred to this shrine in 709AD. They hold numerous cultural properties of Japan including historical documents and licenses with the seal of Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI, odachi long swords, and Shinto wooden plaques showing street scenes and customs of the Edo period. The two-story pagoda (Akaibo-Toba) located on the grounds has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.

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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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