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Historical Monument Spots in Yamaguchi Area

  • Kintaikyo Bridge
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    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.
  • Togyo-an
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    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。

  • Yamaguchi City Saikotei
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Tenge 1-2-7
    "This is an historical building in Yamaguchi City. The building was traditionally known as a famous Japanese restaurant called ""Gion Saikotei"" in the Meiji period (1868–1912) and was frequented by Kaoru Inoue, Hirobumi Ito, Takayoshi Kido and Aritomo Yamagata. The building is now used as a place of culture exchange and to exhibit collections of people who were once connected to the restaurant. Visitors can rent and try on kimonos for a fee, there is a rickshaw service and rental bicycles etc."
  • Hagi Domain School Meirinkan
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Emukai 602
    This is an historical building in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The spot is well known by history fans as the center of education and training for the Hagi Domain at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate, and as the place of the beginning of the Meiji Restoration movement. The building was used as a school building of the Meirin Elementary school until 2014 and is currently used to display Meirinkan history and the Geopark Visitor Center, providing information on the Hagi volcano.
  • 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."
  • The Mud Wall at Toida Masuda Residence
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Horiuchi
    "The mud walls of the former residence of Toida Masuda in the former Hagi Castle San-no-Maru in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture extend for 232 meters. The area where visitors can view many such mud walls has been designated as an ""Important Traditional Architectural Preservation District"". There are also many historical sites such as Hagi Castle Ruins nearby, and many tourists explore the region on foot."
  • Former Mekata Family Residence
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama
    The Mekata Family Residence is a mid-level samurai residence which was built in the middle of the Edo period. Iwakuni’s samurai residences were usually two-story constructions as a protection against flooding of the Nishikigawa River, and although the Mekata Family Residence is also a two-story construction, it looks as though it is a one-story house since the front has a large main roof without any windows. This style of construction is to have given consideration to avoid looking down upon the clan’s lord when he passed by. It was designated a as National Important Cultural Property in 1974.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Former Residence of Kido Takayoshi
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Gofukumachi 2-37
    The birthplace of Kido Takayoshi, known as one of “the three contributors to the Meiji Restoration along with Saigo Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi, located in Gofuku Town, Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Takayoshi was adopted by the Katsura family at the age of seven, but he grew up at the home of his real father, Wada Masakage, a physician of the Hagi clan. The house is a wooden two-story building with a tiled roof and separate entrances for patients and visitors which would have been typical of an Edo period physician’s house. Writings and photos of Kido Takayoshi’s childhood are displayed in the house. Visitors can also see his study room and the room in which he was born.
  • Hagi Mansion Nagaya of the Former Asa-Mori Family (Row-house Building)
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Horiuchi 85-2
    The Hagi Mansion was the residence of the Asa-Mori family, who were descended from Mori Motoaki, the fifth son of Mori Motonari. Today, all that remains of the original mansion is a Nagaya (row-house building) with a gabled, hipped roof, which was built in 1856; the building has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property. It is the largest surviving samurai residence in Hagi, with dimensions of 5 meters between beams and a ridge length of 51.5 meters. There is plenty for visitors to see, including models of Hagi Castle.
  • White Wall Townscape
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yanaishi Yanai 3714-1
    These streets represent the Yanai City during the Edo period. Yanai prospered as the storehouse for the Iwakuni domain. The town bustling with carts loaded with produce traversing its streets. Approximately 200 meters of streets are preserved with the white-walled lattice-windowed merchant stores and street shops. This area has been designated a National Important Preservation District of Historic Buildings, with many places to see including the merchant museum, Muroyanosono; the Important Cultural Property, Kunimori residence; and the former house of Kunikida Doppo. Prior to the summer Kingyo, gold fish, Festival, goldfish shaped lanterns are hung under the eaves and create a dream-like atmosphere.
  • Horiuchi Kagi Magari
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    Yamaguchi Hagi-shi Horiuchi
  • Okudairakanagayamon
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Hijiwara
  • Maeharaisseikyutaku
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Hijiwara
  • Hiyako Kagi Magari
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    Yamaguchi Hagi-shi Hiyako
  • Hayakawa Family's Residence
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    Yamaguchi Nagato-shi Kayoi 1032

Yamaguchi Main Areas

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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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