Spots in Iwakuni / Yanai Area

  • 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.
  • Kikko Park
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    4.0
    175 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama
    Kikko Park is a multi-function park on what was formerly the site of the residence of the Kikkawa family who were the rulers of the Iwakuni Domain, and also the site of the former Yamaguchi Prefectural Iwakuni Upper Secondary School; it has been selected for inclusion in a list of the “Top 100 Most Historic Parks in Japan.” Several buildings of historical importance are located in or near the Park, including the Kikko Shrine, the Ema-do hall “Kin-un-kaku” (a shrine building where votive pictures are hung), and the Mekata Family residence (an Edo period samurai family home), which has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The Park is a wonderful place to view seasonal flowers and tree foliage. Kikko Park is around 20 minutes by bus from Iwakuni Station on the JR Sanyo Main Line.

    This peaceful park lies between the bridge and the castle. It is quite spacious and has plenty to look at including samurai houses, museums, fountains and swimming area (for children), a cormorant...

  • Roadside Station Sazan Seto Towa
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamaguchi Pref. Oshimagunsuouoshimachou Nishigata 1958-77
    "This Roadside Station is located on National Route 437 in Oshima County, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The station offers information centers, rest areas, produce markets, as well as a restaurant where you can taste local produce and local cuisine including the fresh ""small sardines set meal"". There is also a shop selling ""Jakoten (fried ground fish)"" and ""Kaimochi (rice cake with sweet potato)"" for a limited period. The Roadside Station is visited by many people."

    Like the many Japanese reviewer wrote, I definitely recommend Chefs special (sashimi and tempura, see the photo.) It looks like any other food, but the quality of sashimi was jaw dropping. The ice...

  • Mikawa MU VALLEY
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Iwakuni-shi Mikawamachi Nekasa 1564-1
    "This theme park in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture is on the site of a mine. The motif of the park is based on the legend of the lost continent of Mu, and the park is divided into 15 zones including temples and a mysterious lake. The ""underground hall"" created in the below ground space is used as a concert hall, and the building in the center ""Yama Hotaru"" is used as guide for general information, restaurants and shops, experience studios, and a large public bath."

    I came here with a few friends and we had a great time! I would say that the way it is set up is a bit confusing, but in the end everyone is a winner! It was fun to explore the cave and use your head...

  • Yokoyama White Snake Viewing Facility
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama 2-6-52 (in YoshiKaoru park)
    Located next to Kikko Park in the Yokoyama district of Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, the Yokoyama White Snake Viewing Facility is a place where visitors can see the famous “Iwakuni White Snakes,” which have been designated as a National Natural Monument. The facility has recently been renovated and renamed as the Iwakuni White Snake Museum. Inside the facility there are displays on the biology of the White Snakes, along with models, showings of video footage, displays about the legends associated with the White Snakes, etc. A real effort has been made to ensure that visitors can enjoy learning about the Iwakuni White Snakes.

    White albino snakes used to be protectors of traditional Japanese houses from rodents, and were thought to be send by gods as messengers. Now there are only 1000 of these snakes left in Iwakuni. They...

  • Yamaguchi Flower Land
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yanaishi Shinjou 500-1
    At this botanical garden where flowers and trees are planted in a way that the terrain of Historical Town Yanai is leveraged, you can enjoy seasonally blooming flowers all year-round. Inside the park you’ll also find the Flower Market, where you can buy decorative indoor plants and flowers to liven up your indoor spaces. And it’s not just viewing the flowers, there’s also a greenhouse where you can pick your favorite flowers and plant them in a pot of your choosing.

    Well worth 5 bucks for a great stroll, fun playground and beautiful flowers. My 4 year old and baby really enjoyed the open space to explore. The Ferris wheel is sadly just a display piece for their...

  • Irori Sanzoku Kuga Restaurant
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    4.0
    241 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Iwakuni-shi Kugamachi 1380-1

    This is kind of like a family-friendly museum-tourist-trap traditional Japanese foods. Excellent happy service, food OK, but nothing to write home about. The yakitori on a bamboo stick- take the...

  • Mutsu Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Oshima-gun Suooshima Cho Nishiyashiro 2144
    This museum showing the depth of the bond between Suo-Oshima Town and Hawaii. It exhibits the history of emigrants and materials to know about exchanges with Hawaii currently being conducted. The first time emigrants left Japan was in 1885. It is said that about 30% of the first 944 government-approved emigrants were people from Oshima County. From then until 1923, when emigration was banned, more than one million Japanese emigrated abroad, and their grandchildren extended to fifth and sixth generations. Inside the facility, you can learn about the hardships of the emigrants who crossed the ocean with their dreams and how they established their lives.

    We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the artifacts and records related to the Japanese emigration to Hawaii. My ancestors were among those who left Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries. The rooms had...

  • Iwakuni Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama 3
    Kikkawa Hiroie, the first leader of the Iwakuni clan, constructed this castle on the summit of Mt. Yokoyama in 1608. However, due to the “one castle per province” order, it was dismantled a mere seven years later in 1615, and government affairs were carried out in a residence at the base of the mountain. The current castle tower was restored in 1962 based on illustrations and diagrams of the castle tower’s original construction, and offers unbroken views of the Seto Inland Sea area including Kikko Park, Kintaikyo Bridge, the city of Iwakuni and Miyajima. Visitors can also see the stone walls of the former castle tower which have been restored according to the stonework techniques of the time.
  • Iwakuni Antiquities Museum
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Iwakuni-shi Yokoyama 2-7-19
    A museum located in 2 Chome, Yokoyama, Iwakuni City. It houses valuable historical materials and artwork donated by the Yoshikawa family, the former Iwakuni feudal lords. In addition to a permanent exhibit showcasing the history of Iwakuni, it also holds special exhibits and history lectures. Constructed in 1945, the building is registered as a national Tangible Cultural Property.

    1945年 (昭和20年) に完成した石造り風の重厚な建物です。 正面玄関に並ぶ角柱や、錦帯橋をモチーフにしたと思われる内装デザインなどに際立つ特徴があります。 戦時中の建築で、構造体はレンガ造りですが、資材にも制約がある中、不足する鉄に替えて竹を用いた「竹筋コンクリート」が使われたとも言われています。 その時代を感じさせない設計はすばらしく、1998年 (平成10年...

  • Nishikicho Station Store
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Iwakuni-shi Nishikimachi Hirose 7873-9

    This train starts from JR Iwakuni station. It is a commuter train, but go up along the Nishiki river on scenic route. If you are going to Tokotoko Train, you can take this all the way to the last...

  • Muroya-no-sono Merchant House Museum
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Yanai-shi Yanaitsu Kanaya 439
    A musueum located within the Shirakabe Townscape, a Nation's Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. The museum occupies the former mansion of the Oda family, one of the leading oil merchants in west Japan. The house features Irimoya (hip-and-gable) roof with an entrance on gable side and white plaster walls. With a length of nearly 120-meters and covering an area of 800-tsubo (nearly 2650 square meters) this mansion is one of the largest classic townhouses remaining within the country. Within the mansion are a number of classic living implements and documents showing off the lifestyle of a prosperous Yanai merchant.

    Great experience and highly recommended. I went on a quiet late afternoon and was met by the lady running the museum and the son who is a long descendant of the owner of the building. They were both...

  • Ryuzaki Onsen, the hot spring of sea breeze boasts
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Pref. Oshimagunsuouoshimachou Higashiagenoshou 685-2
    "This day hot spring facility, located in Oshima County, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is an unusual sepia color. The open-air bath overlooks ""Agenosho Bay"" and ""Mt. Dake-san"". There is also a large bath and also a heated swimming pool. The facility, also with restaurants and rest areas, allows guests to spend the day relaxing. "

    I only went once so far, but planning to return. The food at the restaurant was very high quality, and they have family only onsen/spa. Price was very reasonable, considering the quality. It got...

  • Yanai Nishigura Storehouse
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Yanai-shi Yanai 3700-8
    A classic storehouse located within the Shirakabe Townscape, a row of houses featuring white plaster walls and latticed windows that is a registered Nation's Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. This one-story wood building was built during the late Taisho period and within its white plastered walls you can try your hand at making Yanai's traditional Goldfish Paper Lanterns or weaving the Yanai stripe patterned fabric. The building holds a great sense of history and was in fact used as a soy sauce storehouse as late as 1985. The building was reborn as a complex tourist facility in 2001 as a gallery and hands-on workshop. Alongside the hands-on experiences they also hold a variety of exhibitions including photography contests and painting displays.

    ちょうちん作りはやはりやってみるとやはり面白かったです。私たち2人と、別に中年夫婦2人に丁寧に作り方を教えてくれました。ときどき「上手ですねえ」と褒めてくれるので、ますます本気になります。指先を動かすことが少ないので、よい経験になりました。完成したちょうちんは大切に持って帰り、部屋に飾って、ときどき眺めています。可愛いです。

  • Roadside Station Pure Line Nishiki
    Transportation
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Nishikimachifunotani 117
    "This Roadside Station is on National Route 187. Visitors can taste ""Konjac"" potato and ""Wasabi"" Japanese horse radish, specialty produce of Nishiki Town, as well as the a small konjac set meal in the restaurant. With a reservation, visitors can also experience making konjac. A rest area and information area are provided and station is visited by many tourists."
  • Restaurant Irori Sanzoku, Nishiki Branch
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Nishikimachiono Side display 889
    "This restaurant is located along Hoji Pass (National Route 187) in Ono, Nishikimachi, Iwakuni City. Their specialties include their sanzokuyaki (""bandit-style"" char-grilled chicken legs), sanzoku musubi (""bandit-style"" rice balls), and sanzoku udon (""bandit-style"" udon noodles). Other offerings include char-grilled Sumeragi beef as well as dishes featuring river fish such as masu salmon and sweetfish. The restaurant also a cafe menu including coffee and sweets. Its building features a motif based on Yamagata Prefecture's kabutozukuri taso minka (multi-level folk homes with helmet-shaped gables). The restaurant offers a variety of seating options available including counter seating around a traditional Japanese sunken hearth, horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu), and private rooms. There is also an adjacent souvenir shop."

    We always love stopping at this Sanzoku on our way to Tsuwano. The lanterns on the ceiling are pretty and the food is always good. We also love that they have regular tables since both of my...

  • Iwakuni Shirohebi Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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."
  • Iwakuni Educational Museum
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    5.0
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Iwakuni-shi Iwakuni 3-1-8
    A museum located in 3 Chome, Iwakuni, Iwakuni City. It's housed in the Iwakuni Gakko Kosha; built in 1870 by the second lord of Iwakuni, Tsunetake Kikkawa, it's a prefectural Tangible Cultural Property. The museum exhibits educational materials and items from the region. Also exhibited are materials related to Ichisuke Fujioka; an Iwakuni Gakko graduate, he was the founder of Tokyo Electric Power Company, the first electric company in Japan.

    This museum was a former elementary school. It is unique in having a completely Japanese style with a Western style third floor added on top of the two original stories later on. One early example of...

  • Hotel and Resort Sunshine Sazanseto
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Suwaku Oshima-cho Oshima-gun Kato Kawahama
    A resort hotel in Suo-Oshima Town, Oshima County. Soak your weariness away in the Katazoegahama Hot-Spring while looking out at the picturesque scenery of the Seto Inland Sea. The suites and superior-twin rooms include outdoor baths located on their terraces. Come get your fill of the resort feel with the onsite pool and meals loaded with the bounty of the sea.

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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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