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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.
  • Akama Shrine
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    256 Reviews
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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

  • Refresh Park Toyoura
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    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.

    川棚温泉の奥にあります コスモス畑がとても大きく、家族連れにお勧めです 他に遊具もありたのしめます。

  • 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
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    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.
  • 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."
  • Kanmon Straits
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    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."
  • Sumiyoshi Shrine
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    28 Reviews
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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。

  • Roadside Station Kikugawa
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    23 Reviews
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    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."

    湯原ダム方面から県道34号線を南下して国道491にぶつかった交差点にある道の駅です。 地元のお土産が充実していてなかなか楽しめます。 薪やメダカなども売ってたほか、なぜだかコストコにありそうなアメリカンな調味料なんかもありました。 隣には地元の直売所もあって賑わってましたよ。

  • Togyo-an
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    20 Reviews
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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。

  • Ganryujima Island
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    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.
  • Chofu Garden
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    23 Reviews
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    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.

    We visited Chofu Teien(garden) yesterday(Nov 19). Autumn leaves are beautiful now! You should not miss the beauty in the Japanese garden when the leaves are red. Some of the pictures I took may...

  • Kozanji Temple
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    79 Reviews
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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.

  • Dannoura Historic Battlefield
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Mimosusogawachou 1
    "This historical site of Shimonoseki City is the site of the ""Dannoura Battle"", the last battle between the Genji and Heike clans. ""Mimosuso River Park"" is in front of the ancient battlefield and monuments and statues such as ""Statue of Taira no Tomomori"", ""Statue of Minamoto no Yoshitsune"" and ""Drowning Site of Emperor Antoku Stone Monument"" are situated around the park. The Kanmon Tunnel runs directly under the ancient battlefield."
  • Roadside Station Kitaura Kaido Hohoku
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    77 Reviews
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    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."

    角島大橋から下関へ向かう途中で利用しました 駐車場がとても広いです 平日だったのでスペースは空いていました ここの道の駅の海産物売場はすごいです ちょっとした魚屋さん顔負けで、お刺身から生け簀にイカまで売っていました お刺身も新鮮で美味しそうでした 野菜も扱っていて、何でもそろいます

  • Kusunoki Komorebi no Sato
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    6 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Pref. Ubeshi Nishimagura Okita 1662-1
    "This is an interactive complex located in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, housing various facilities such as a day use bath fed directly from the hot spring, ""Kusukusu No Yu"", the farmer’s restaurant ""Tsutsuji"" where you can taste regional cuisine with local vegetables, and a farmer’s market selling agricultural produce. In addition, there is ""Ban-nou-Juku"" where visitors can try their hands at farming, and the facility is visited by many people from afar especially during holidays."

    楠の万倉にある温泉施設。とてものどかな風景の中にあり、食事や新鮮な野菜を売っています。 施設は清潔だし、温泉のお湯もなかなかよくて、気持ち良く使えます。

  • Baiko Gakuin University Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Kouyouchou 1-1-1
    A museum in Baiko Gakuin University in Shimonoseki City. There are exhibits for academic and educational purposes as well as various collections of materials related to Japanese and Taiwanese archaeology and folk culture, and Christianity. There are permanent as well as temporary exhibitions and support group events, all of which draws a crowd.
  • Bisha-no-Hana
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Yoshimo Ozaki
    This cape of the westernmost part of Honshu in Shimonoseki City has a 500ーmeter promenade with an observation deck, which you can use to look over the expansive ocean and islands. Many tourists come to see the lighthouse of the northernmost part of the Seto Inland Sea near the cape, as well as the 1,000-year-old Kawatana no Kusu no Mori (a single camphor tree that looks like a forest).
  • Kaikyo Yume Tower
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    91 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Buzendachou 3-3-1
    Opened in 1996, the 153-meter-high Kaikyo Yume Tower is an important landmark of the Kanmon Straits. The Tower is the central building of the Yamaguchi International Trade & Cultural Center (also known as “Kaikyo Messe Shimonoseki”) in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. From the observatory, at a height of 143 meters, visitors can look down on the Kanmon Straits (between Honshu and Kyushu), and along the coast from Ganryu-jima Island across to Hibikinada on the Kyushu side of the Straits. The sight of the sun going down behind Hibikinada, and the nightscape, are very romantic, and the Tower is also illuminated at nighttime. The Kaikyo Yume Tower is renowned as a “Sanctuary for Lovers,” and couples account for many of the visitors to the Tower.

    Having walked from Mojiko Station, crossing the Kanmon Straits via the pedestrian tunnel underneath and continuing walking almost all the way to Shimonoseki Station, it was a fitting to review the...

  • Shimonoseki City Art Museum
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Choufukuromonhigashimachi 1-1
    The Shimonoseki City Art Museum is located in the Chofu district of Shimonoseki City. The Museum has a collection of approximately 2,000 paintings, including both Western and Japanese Nihonga paintings from the early modern and contemporary periods. Besides works by Kano Hogai, an artist born in Chofu who is known as the “Father of Modern Nihonga Painting,” the paintings on display in the Museum also include works by other artists with links to Shimonoseki City, such as Takashima Hokkai and Kazuki Yasuo, as well as the artworks from the Ancient Orient, etc. The Museum holds four to five exhibitions featuring works from its own collections every year, as well as special exhibitions featuring the works of both Japanese and overseas artists.

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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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