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  • 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.
  • Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum “Kaikyokan”
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    4.5
    300 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Shimonoseki City Ikaport 6-1
    The Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum, affectionately known as “Kaikyokan,” is an aquarium in the Karato district of Shimonoseki City which opened in 2001. The Museum is famous for its collection of over 100 species of Fugu (Pufferfish) from all over the world and for its exhibit of a complete skeleton of a Blue Whale. Must-sees include the “Humboldt Penguin Special Conservation Area,” where visitors can observe a recreation of the habitat of the Humboldt Penguin, which lives in areas with a warm climate, and performances featuring dolphins and sea-lions.

    Shimonoseki is famous for puffer fish. But I cant remember seeing so many species of puffer fish in an aquarium. In general, an enjoyable visit.

  • Akama Shrine
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    4.0
    306 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.

    The Akama Shrine in Shimonoseki is a huge and vibrant complex. I stopped here on one of my tours and was glad I had additional time to explore as there is a lot to see here. I love the colors of the...

  • Tokiwa Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Ubeshi Norisada 3-4-1
    "A comprehensive park in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, offering a variety of facilities on the extensive site of 100 hectares including a zoo, an amusement park, and a museum. Seasonal flowers bloom in the garden and it is famous as a sightseeing spot for cherry blossoms and iris flowers. The park has been designated as a ""National Registered Natural Monument"" and ""World Heritage Irrigation Facility"" and is widely used as a place for local residents to get together."
  • Meet the Dolphins (Iruka no Mieru) Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Shimonoseki City Ikkaport 6-1 Yokohikan
    At this restaurant located inside the Kaikyokan Aquarium in Shimonoseki City, you can enjoy a meal while watching dolphins at play. A ticket to the aquarium is not required to enter the restaurant. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. they offer a lunchtime menu while from 3 p.m. onwards they offer a la carte dishes including pizza and spaghetti. Feel free to take pictures of the dolphins.
  • Kirara Beach Yakeno
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Sanyo Onoda-shi, Yono Coast
    A beach in Sanyo-Onoda City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Many people enjoy water sports and swimming during the warmer seasons, and it is also the location for a large kite flying event in Spring. It has been recognized as one of Japan Sunset Best 100, where you can see the beautiful sight of the setting sun over the Seto Inland Sea. Showers, changing rooms, toilet, and a managements office are available on site too.
  • Refresh Park Toyoura
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    4.0
    5 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.

    台湾の友達と始めて訪問。コスモスとメキシカンセ-ジガ咲き、素晴らしいけしき、花の香りで大変リフレッシュしました。皆さんにお勧めです。

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fuku no Kawaku (Karato Restaurant)
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Karatochou 5-1
    This puffer-fish restaurant is in Shimonoseki. Their signature dish, the Puffer-fish Rice bowl, a bowl of rice with raw puffer-fish and slices of puffer-fish outer skin and green onion, is popular not just with tourists but with the locals as well. Based around the motto of Cheap and Delicious, they also serve dishes such as puffer-fish tempura over udon noodles or Donburi (a bowl of rice with ingredients on top) and fried chicken.

    Restaurants in the neighbouring Kamon Wharf should be for tourists and the pricing there seems somehwat expensive. This Kawaku does not look pretty and guests had to buy tickets at the vending...

  • Kotozaki Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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."

    A great moment on September, they held Matsuri in Shrines yard. Ubes people very nice and friendly to foreigner.

  • Kanmon Straits
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimonoseki City Yamaguchi
    "The straits separating Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture from Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture. Kanmon gets its name from the ""seki"" (also read as ""kan"") in Shimonoseki and the ""mon"" in Monji in Kitakyushu City. Kanmon tunnel passes under the sea, while there is also Kanmon Bridge over an express highway. It is also known for a battle on Ganryujima Island between Musashi MIYAMOTO and Kojiro SASAKI in 1612."
  • Mimosusogawa Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Mimosusogawachou 1
    This park faces Dannoura, the last stage of the Gempei War. In the park you can find the Memorial of the Battle of Dannoura (The last battle between the Minamoto clan and Taira clan), statues of MINAMOTO no Yoshitsune and TAIRA no Tomomori, and replicas of the cannons used by the Choshu clan during the Shimonoseki war at the end of the Tokugawa period. This is also where author Seicho Matsumoto spent his childhood, and a literary monument was built in his honor.
  • Heikejaya Fugu and Japanese Cuisine
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Mimosusogawachou 1-1
    A Japanese restaurant in Shimonoseki City. Come try Japanese cuisine that uses Shimonoseki’s specialties: puffer-fish in the winter and live squid in the summer. The puffer-fish is carefully prepared and served as sashimi with nice texture or in a puffer-fish hot-pot. The mouthfeel and sweetness of the squid is a delight to the senses and is prepared in a variety of ways including raw sashimi, shumai dumplings, and fried tempura.

    格調高く高級な雰囲気が漂っており、ちょっと贅沢な気分に浸れる日本料理店です。関門海峡を見渡せるオーシャンビューの個室でランチを楽しみました。ふぐ料理は1万円超のメニューもありますが、ランチは3千円ほどで味も見栄えも良かったです。。

  • Sumiyoshi Shrine
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    住吉神社は、「長門国一の宮」として知られるわが国有数の神社です。 大阪の住吉大社・博多の住吉神社とともに「日本三大住吉」の1つに数えられます。 拝殿は国の重要文化財、本殿は国宝に指定されています。 本殿は九間社流造、とても美しい流造りで圧巻です。 朱色の拝殿との調和が絵になります。 大阪の住吉大社が住吉三神の和魂を祀るのに対し、こちらは荒魂を祀るとされます。 流石に一の宮ですね、格式が高く荘厳な雰...

  • Roadside Station Kikugawa
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Kikugawachoukamiokaeda 766-1
    "This Roadside Station is in Shimonoseki City, located near the westernmost point of Japan’s main island, Honshu, an important connection point between Sanyo and Sanin. The Roadside Station provides tourist information to visitors. There is a restaurant offering local Kikugawa specialties such as ""Kikugawa Somen noodles"" and ""Aigamo duck meat"", as well as a market selling special products of Kikugawa and neighboring towns."

    車中泊で一日利用しました。 他の方のブログを参考にして治安が良いとのことだったのでここにきめました。 通りに面しているものの静かでした。が、火事があったのか救急車に消防車がたくさん通っててザワザワしてました。 道の駅の施設内は利用してません・・・・

  • Togyo-an
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    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."

    高杉晋作をはじめとする明治維新の戦士達が眠るお墓。見処はこじんまりとしていますが、春には梅や桜。初夏の菖蒲。秋には紅葉と四季を楽しめます。隣には温泉もありますので立ち寄り観光で是非訪れてみてくださいませ。

  • Ganryujima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Hikoshima Funishima 648
    An uninhabited island in Shimonoseki, whose official name is Funashima Island. The entire island is flat, and on the east coast there is a promenade where you can watch ships going through the Kanmon Straits. A large part of the island is its artificial beach and park. This island is also known as the location for a duel between Musashi MIYAMOTO and Kojiro SASAKI in 1612.
  • Sea Mall
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Takezakichou 4-4-8
    This shopping mall in Shimonoseki City is located next to JR Shimonoseki Station and brings together shopping, gourmet, and entertainment. Opened as one of Western Japan’s largest shopping centers in 1977, it now consists of Shimonoseki Daimaru department store, specialty shops, a wedding venue, and a cinema complex.

    下関駅ちかくのおかもと鮮魚店で昼食に海鮮丼を食べた後に駅方面を散策しました。下関駅、大丸下関店、そしてここが並び大丸下関とシーモール下関は店の中でもつながっていてどこがどう違うのか旅行者にはわかりにくかったです。 大丸のデパ地下で買い物をした後にシーモール下関のわいわいマートにも立ち寄ってそちらでは野菜や果物が安かったのでトマト、葡萄、レンコン、イカキムチなどを購入しました。

  • Chofu Garden
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Choufukuromonhigashimachi 8-11
    This is a garden in Shimonoseki City. It is the site of the residence of Nishi Yukinaga, one of the chief vassals of the Chofu Mori Domain. The study building, the tea house and Japanese-style gazebo remain set around the pond at the center. The warehouses scattered around the garden are now shops that sell famous confectionery of Shimonoseki and accessories, as well as exhibit and sell art, and offer tourist information. Visitors are able to freely explore the large garden while enjoying the nature.

    I toured Shimonoseki for a day and Chofu Garden was the first stop. My tour had like 1.5 hours here which I feel is to much. I think an hour is more then enough time here at the Garden. It is a very...

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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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