Spots in Shimonoseki / Ube Area

  • Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum “Kaikyokan”
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    4.5
    302 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
    314 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.

    It is one of the main attractions in Shimonoseki. I strongly recommend you to visit this shrine. The entrance gate, painted in red and white, is photogenic.

  • Karato Market
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Karatochou 5-50
    Karato Market is located in Shimonoseki City. Local fishermen and farmers bring their fish, seafood and agricultural produce here to sell it themselves. The Market is a great place for visitors to buy fresh fish caught that same day, and fresh seasonal vegetables. There is also a cafeteria selling sushi and Kaisen-don (rice topped with seafood). The “Iki-iki Bakan-gai” food festival is held at the Karato Market between 10:00 and 15:00 on Fridays and Saturdays and between 8:00 and 15:00 on Sundays and public holidays; this is a lively event with large numbers of people enjoying fish dishes and seafood sold at stalls erected in the Market.

    山口県下関市に帰郷した時には、一度は唐戸市場に顔を出しますが、なんせ、新鮮さが勝負なので、値打とはいえ、本当は、新幹線の搭乗日の早朝に市場ブラ歩きをしたいと、常々考えておりますが、どうしても前日以前に買い物調達となってしまします。特に、フグの蒲鉾のネット売りがお薦めです。 When I return to Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, you...

  • Kanmon Tunnel Footpath
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    4.0
    389 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Kitakyushu-shi Moji-ku
    A 780-meter long subterranean pedestrian tunnel that connects Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture and Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. From the entrance you'll take an elevator underground where you can then cross the under the Kanmon Strait on foot. Midway you'll pass an underwater sign marking the prefectural boundaries, an uncommon sight in Japan. By showing the commemorative stamps available on either side of the tunnel you'll receive the Kanmon TOPPA! Commemorative Certificate.

    It is pretty cool to be able to walk from from island to the next so easily and these humans enjoyed the walk.

  • Hotel Nishinagato Resort
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    4.0
    206 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Houhokuchoukanda 2045
    This lodging facility is in Shimonoseki City. Come enjoy hot spring baths in the middle of nature that has open-air baths with panoramic views of the Sea of Japan and the Hibikinada Bay. The baths are also open for day trips. With the clear cobalt blue seas surrounding the resort hotel, you can also experience leisure activities including marine sports and fishing.

    TThe resort has a big wall to wall window showing tsunoshima bridge, the view is breath taking.The resort has big room with Japanese tatami which is very confortable. It has separate bath and toilet...

  • 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.
  • Tokiwa Park
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    4.0
    93 Reviews
    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."

    Not one of the best parks or amusement area, but given that there isnt much else for tourists to do in Ube, Tokiwa Park is a great area for a relaxing afternoon (or morning!) stroll. One could...

  • Kamon Wharf
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    3.5
    131 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Karatocho 6-1
    A commercial facility on National Route 9 in Karato-cho, Shimonoseki City. It houses a variety of dining establishments, including restaurants specializing in fresh Shimonoseki seafood, including puffer fish, a local favorite. There are also souvenir shops selling pufferfish products, high grade regional sweets, and local sake.

    This building houses many restaurants, mainly those of local specialities. Since this area is very touristic, every restaurant is crowded. As I was on Saturday, there were too many people, and I gave...

  • Kozanji Temple
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • 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...

  • Kameyama Hachimangu Shrine
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    3.5
    81 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Nakanochou 1-1
    This shrine, known locally as Seki no Ujigamisama, enshrines Emperor Ojin, Emperor Chuai, Empress Jingu, and Emperor Nintoku. The approximately 12.7-meter-tall gate is made with white granite is famous as the largest in Japan. The grounds also hold the Fuku-no-Zo, a statue of a blowfish, and the charms and ema prayer plaques are also shaped like blowfish.

    Kameyama Hachimangu is located on the top of a small hill, and so the view of Kanmon Strait from the shrine is wonderful. Kameyama battery once stood in the precinct of this shrine.

  • Chofu Mori Residence
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    This was a residence of local feudal leader. Kushizaki castle was once near here, but abandoned by the order of the central govenment so called Edo Bakufu. So, the leader moved...

  • Ganso Kawara Soba Takase
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    4.0
    147 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Toyourachoukawatana 5437
    Ganso Kawara Soba Takase is a restaurant in Toyoura district, Shimonoseki City that is reputed to have been the first restaurant to serve Kawara Soba (Soba noodles served on a heated Kawara tile). Kawara Soba was originally developed by Takase Shinichi (the first-generation owner), inspired by the story that, during the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877, hungry solders heated Kawara tiles to cook wild grasses and meat; this dish has subsequently become very popular. The restaurant's Unameshi (steamed rice with eel), made using domestically-produced eel, is also very popular.

    2月最後の三連休を利用して行きました。 初めは中日の昼時を過ぎた15時近くに行ったものの、もう車すら駐車できないさま。 今回あきらめましたが、次の日一人でリベンジ。成功!この日は連休最終日で14:30位に再訪。15分くらい待ってからやっと入れました。 ノンアルビール440円と瓦そば一人前1,210円。 想像を超えてめっちゃ美味しかったです。瓦で焼けた茶そばがパリパリになって最高。一人前が多すぎず...

  • Former Akita Chamber of Commerce Building
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Nabecho 23-11
    A historic building on National Route 9 in Nabe-cho, Shimonoseki City. It was built in 1915 for use by Akita Shokai, a shipping company. While the exterior is Western, the interior is a blend of Japanese and Western styles, employing elements like shoin-zukuri design, a Japanese garden, and a roof-top tearoom. It's open to the public and is lit up at night.

    The tourist information was moved out, but you can still visit this historical building, which was owned by a wealthy family named Akita. Although the building is quite western, the inside rooms are...

  • Kawatana Grand Hotel Otafuku
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Shimonoseki-shi Toyouracho Kawatana 4912-1
    "This is an accommodation facility in Shimonoseki City where guests can also enjoy a day bath. There is a spacious bath as well as hot springs you can reserve for private use where you can relieve your fatigue. The facility is built on the image ""city planning"", and includes many shopping areas and restaurants, a tea lounge and wedding hall. Guests can also enjoy cuisine using blowfish from the sea of Shimonoseki."

    A friend brought us - foreigners to Japan - here to try green tea-soba (buckwheat) noodles charred on roof tiles. We ordered a soba that came with thinly sliced beef, shredded omelette and seaweed...

  • Roadside Station Kikugawa
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
    Transportation
    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
    26 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."

    小ぶりな丘に草木が植えられ、ちょっとした散策に向いています。こじんまりした地味な場所なので高杉晋作を顕彰するような場所をイメージしていると少し違うかもしれません。

  • Roadside Station Kitaura Kaido Hohoku
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Houhokuchoukandakami 314-1
    "This is a Roadside Station located on along National Route 191 in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture and is famous for being located at the westernmost point of Honshu. Fresh seafood straight from the fishing port and seasonal produce are available at the ""Houhoku Dream Market"". There is also a restaurant called ""Wakuwakutei"" serving fresh seafood. It is possible to see the sea of Kitaura and Tsunoshima Island from the observation terrace, and many tourists visit the spot."

    新鮮なお刺身がぎっしりと並べられた贅沢な海鮮丼が食べられました。ざる豆腐と茶碗蒸しも付いてボリューム満点!海の幸を楽しめました。

  • Kotozaki Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    22 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.

  • Tsunoshima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Houhokuchoutsunoshima
    This is a small island with a circumference of 17.1 kilometers and is located in the Sea of Japan and is part of Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The 1780 meter long Tsunoshima Ohashi Bridge is suspended between Tsunoshima Island and the mainland. Tsunoshima Lighthouse is located at Yumega Cape which is situated in the north-west of the island, and it stands at a height of 29.6 meters. It is possible to climb up to the landing of the spiral staircase. In addition, Yumesakinami Park which is adjacent to Tsunoshima Lighthouse park is a great scenic spot where you can see the evening sun setting in the Sea 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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