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  • 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.
  • Tokuyama Zoo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shunanshi Tokuyama 5846
    This zoo, located in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, exhibits a variety of animals including monkeys, raccoons, hippopotamus and other mammals, birds and reptiles. The zoo is set out so that visitors can see the animals up close and there are also many experience type events. In addition, it was also the location of the residence of Mori from the former Tokuyama Domain so is famous as an historic site and for cherry blossom viewing.
  • Lake Beisen
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Kudamatsushi Seto
    A lake at Suetakegawa Dam in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Lake Beisenko park is maintained on the shore and is where a variety of regular events, including the Lake Beisenko Summer Jamboree, are held. It is also known as a famous fishing spot which attracts many visitors with their black bass.
  • Yamaguchi Flower Land
    11 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.

    My husband and I visited here in late May, solely under the pretense of learning how to operate our new DSLR camera - and we got some really awesome opportunities for beautiful photos! The roses...

  • Mutsu Memorial Museum
    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...

  • Kasado Ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi ken Shimomatsu city nostril
    This bridge over Kasado Bay in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, connects Kudamatsu City and Kasado Island. This beautiful red truss bridge was completed in 1970 and is a symbol of Kudamatsu City. Kasado Island is said to be where Kojiro SASAKI stopped on his way to Kyushu while following Musashi MIYAMOTO.
  • 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."
  • Hanaoka Hachiman Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Kudamatsushi Suetakekami 400
    This shrine is in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It enshrines the deity which was divided from Usa Hachimangu Shrine in Oita and transferred to this shrine in 709AD. They hold numerous cultural properties of Japan including historical documents and licenses with the seal of Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI, odachi long swords, and Shinto wooden plaques showing street scenes and customs of the Edo period. The two-story pagoda (Akaibo-Toba) located on the grounds has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
  • Oshima Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Oshima-gun Suo Prefecture Oshima-cho/Yanai City
    A 1,020-meter-long bridge between Yanai City and Suo-Oshima Town, Oshima County in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The bridge was constructed with continuous trusses on the world’s first multi-pillar foundation in order to combat tidal damage. There is a footpath on the east side of the bridge, which guests can walk or bike along. It’s a very popular spot to shoot scenes for movies and commercials.
  • Jakuchi Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Nishikimachiusa
    This 300-meter-tall gorge in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture is one of the three largest gorges in Nishi-Chugoku Sanchi Quasi-National Park. The gorge splits into Inumodoshi Gorge and Ryugatake Gorge, with many waterfalls lining the Inumodoshi Gorge trail and strangely shaped rocks and grottos along Ryugatake Gorge. The gorge is also used for cultivating wasabi as well as drinking water because of its abundant springs. It was selected as one of Japan's 100 remarkable waters with a wide variety of flora and fauna.
  • Roadside Station Pure Line Nishiki
    Travel / Tourism
    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."
  • Underground Kingdom Mikawa Mu Valley
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Mikawamachinekasa 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."
  • Hachigamine Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Kugagunwakichou Seta Azaya work 260-1
    "There is a variety of play equipment in this large comprehensive park surrounded by nature in Kuga County, Yamaguchi Prefecture, such as a 255-meter long large roller slide, a mini steam locomotive with a 743-meter long track, as well as a Ferris wheel. It is also home to the largest ""Rose Garden"" in the prefecture and places to play for free. Many families visit during weekends and holidays."
  • Kanmuriyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Hikarishi Murodumimura 6288
    A park in Hikari City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Come enjoy outdoor leisure activities that inspire seasonal feelings such as enjoying the plum blossoms at an amazing plum tree garden, Kanmuri Baien, and barbequing at the auto camping site. A Children’s Forest play area, covering almost 2,000 square meters over the side of the mountain, has facilities for nine different children’s games making this a popular location for children.
  • Shunan City Museum of Art and History
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shunanshi Hanabatakechou 10-16
    This is a museum located in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture exhibiting mainly the photographs of Tadahiko Hayashi, a photographer born in Shunan City. The permanent exhibition displays works of local artists such as Susumu Miyazaki, Ryusei Kishida, and Michio Mado etc. There is also a museum shop that sells original goods, books of art collections, and items related to special exhibitions, as well as a cafe terrace featuring large windows overlooking the fountain.
  • Eigenzan Park
    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shunanshi Tonda 2355-2
    This park is in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Inside the park surrounded by greenery and flowers, you’ll find a local art museum as well as one of Japan’s largest Dutch-style windmills. During the summer season there’s also a pool, making this a fun park for everyone from adults to children.


  • Houzanen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shunanshi Yuno 4255-1
    A hot spring resort in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, which has an unusual alkaline sulfur spring. There are not only indoor and outdoor baths as well as family baths, but also a Japanese garden and a restaurant. It is a very popular hot spring for a day-trip, attracting locals and tourists alike.
  • Nagisa Aquarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Oshimagunsuouoshimachou Ihota 2211 - 3 Nagisa park
    An aquarium in Suo-Oshima Town, Oshima County, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Located in Nagisa Park the aquarium shows fish that were acquired by the caretakers or caught in nearby waters by local fisherman. Adults and children visiting the aquarium can try feeling living sea creatures in the Petting Corner and Touching Pool.
  • Suo-Oshima Onsen Hotel Daikanso
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Pref. Oshimagunsuouoshimachou Komatsu 1656-3
    At this accommodation facility in Oshima County, Yamaguchi Prefecture, guests can enjoy the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea as all rooms have an ocean view. A special feature of the hot spring is the open outdoor bath from which guests can watch the sunset over the hills of the shore on the other side. Day use of the large bath is also available. There are many other facilities including an outdoor pool reminiscent of a pool on a ship deck, a footbath and tea lounge.
  • Roadside Station Sazan Seto Towa
    47 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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 Chef's special (sashimi and tempura, see the photo.) It looks like any other food, but the quality of sashimi was jaw dropping. The ice...

Yamaguchi Main Areas


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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