Spots in Iwakuni / Yanai Area

  • Kikko Park
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    4.0
    172 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 park is located on the other side of the Kintaikyo. It is a very spacious park, with quite a low footfall during the autumn season, making it a great peaceful spot to just relax and enjoy the...

  • 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.
  • Roadside Station Sazan Seto Towa
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    4.0
    54 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...

  • Hotel and Resort Sunshine Sazanseto
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    4.0
    79 Reviews
    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.

    At first, my family and I were so excited to have a little getaway in this hotel because of the beautiful beach and they both have indoor and outdoor pool as advertised . So we decided to get the...

  • Kaiten Memorial Museum
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    4.5
    51 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shunanshi Odushima 1960
    This memorial hall has exhibits connected to the kaiten, a torpedo shaped special weapon, built in the remains of barracks once used by former kaiten trainees and staff. Stone monuments are lined up at the entrance, and inside panels introduce kaiten history, and lives of those involved in it. There are around 1,000 items connected to the staff in the collection. There are also dioramas recreating the base, and films of the staff speaking at the time.

    Having lived in Yamaguchi prefecture many years ago, I had heard of the museum but never thought to go there. Finally 30 years later, for a ALT 30 year reunion, we took the ferry to spend time there...

  • 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...

  • Sasakiyakojiroushouten
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    3.5
    53 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama 2-5-32

    錦帯橋を渡って左側にあるこちらのお店、ソフトクリームの種類が半端ない。色々種類があり過ぎて選んだソフトはごくオーソドックスな抹茶でした。

  • Eigenzan Park
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    4.0
    23 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.

    遠くから見ると、オランダ風車が印象的な公園。風車の下では手回しオルガンが体験可能。風車のある山の上に登るのは骨が折れるが、麓の洋式公園でも、郷土美術館、プール、子供用遊具等がある。新南陽駅側から入る遊歩道は、道路の標識どおりに行くと、曹洞宗のお寺の参道・境内を一部通らなければならず、標識もなくなって、本当にこの道でいいのか、と不安になるが、お寺・お墓の間を抜けていけば、公園に着いた。でも、この公園...

  • Nagisa Aquarium
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    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.

    2歳未満の子供を連れて家族で行きました。陸奥記念館と同じ敷地にある、この水族館は、とても海洋生物との距離を近く感じました。 中でも心惹かれたのが「ニホンアワサンゴ」で、表示に「世界初!!ニホンアワサンゴの人工繁殖に成功!!」と書かれていました。 見た目も魅力的で、手塚治虫の世界を思わせるような風貌でした。 また、行ってみたいです。 I went in families with a...

  • 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...

  • Houzanen
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    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.

    立ち寄り湯での利用です。 入り口入って受付で支払い。 660円。 廊下の奥にお風呂があります。その先はトイレ。 お風呂の脱衣所にトイレがないので、先に行っておくことをおすすめします! こじんまりとした脱衣所ですが、ロッカーは大小あり無料、洗面台(2つ)は無料ドライヤーとスキンケアセットが置いてあります。 浴室入ったらすぐに大きな水車があってびっくり! 水車の周りの囲いの中には石が敷いてあ...

  • Roadside Station Pure Line Nishiki
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    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."

    レストラン、地元物産販売、スナックコーナー、イベントエリア等から成る施設。休日の午後に寄ったら、さほど混んではいなかった。朝市コーナーは当然ながら閉まっていた。コンニャクの説明が興味深かった。竹細工の販売もしていた。

  • Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii
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    4.5
    20 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
    19 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.

    2020.4.4の土曜に行きまして、桜が見事でした。吉香公園の中でも一番と言っていいくらい玄関前に咲き誇っていました。

  • Toishi Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shunanshi Toishi 2-3-1
    This shrine was on the south side of Shunan Ryokuchi Park. It enshrines not only Homutawake-no-Mikoto, the Oujin Emperor, but also the Empress Jingu, and Munakata Sanjoshin. The temple grounds are embraced in greenery, and include eight buildings that are Registered Tangible Cultural Properties, including the main hall and heiden offertory hall. It attracts many visitors with its reputation for offering luck in warding off evil, success in business, and safe birth.

    平安時代から多くの参拝者が訪れる由緒ある神社のようで、1300年以上も存在し続けています。 石段参道を登ってお参りして来ました。上まで行くと、目の前を走る新幹線が見られたり、工場地帯も見れました。 途中には、稲荷神社や戎神社もありました。

  • 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...

  • Shunan City Museum of Art and History
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    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.

    地元の方々の展示会、発表会の場かなという感じ。周南市は工業都市なのだと思いますが、このような公共施設が充実している様子。しかし、古い感じでした。

  • 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...

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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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