Spots in Shunan / Kudamatsu / Hikari / Kasado Island Area

  • Kaiten Memorial Museum
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    4.5
    53 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...

  • Houzanen
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    4.0
    30 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.

    山口県内でも古く歴史ある温泉の一つである湯野温泉の1番手前にある宿。昔は賑わっていたらしいが今では山合いの鄙びた温泉という印象。 今回はGOTOキャンペーンを利用して芳山園を訪れた。 立派な破風造りの車寄せがありそこへ車を付けるたが、何の出迎えもない。 前もって要望をメールで送っていたが返信がなく、なんだか嫌な予感がしていたが やはりという感じ。 チェックイン時フロント係にメールについて尋ねたが...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • Shunan City Museum of Art and History
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    3.5
    19 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.

    特別展はやっておらず、常設展だけの時期に行った。徳山の歴史や、徳山にゆかりのある有名人についての展示は、これから徳山で暮らそう、という人には、例えば「徳山にゾウさんのモチーフが多いのはなぜ?」「どうして徳山駅の発車メロディは、あの歌なのか?」「与謝野鉄幹と徳山はどういう関係?」といったふうに、当地の人たちであれば常識ともいえる知識を得るのに、とても参考になると思った。ただ、既に徳山に住んでいる人に...

  • Fugenji Temple
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Hikari-shi Murozumi 8-6-1
    "An ancient Buddhist temple founded in the year 1006. Since long ago faithful from all over the country have believed in it as the ""Bodhisattva of the Sea."" The inner part of the temple grounds has a dry landscape garden with skillfully harmonized trees and stones which is said to have been created by Sesshu. It's renowned because it was made during the period when dry landscape garden construction began in earnest. It has been designated as a prefectural Place of Scenic Beauty. In 1865 it served as the headquarters for the Choshu Domain troops known as the South Kihei Army as the Tokugawa period drew to a close; it's famous for being the place where about 400 soldiers met their ends."

    大きな仁王門があり、お堀に囲まれた立派なお寺。お寺だけでなく、戦前の国際連盟の脱退や日独伊三国同盟で有名な外交官(このあたりの生まれ)松岡洋右の顕彰碑がお寺の裏の方にひっそりと建っていた。また、お寺の裏の駐車場の近くには、峨嵋山の自然探求歩道の入り口があった。お寺の隣には雪舟の庭園と言われる枯山水の庭園があったが、100円を箱に入れて見ることができた。この庭に入る前に警備システムが監視音を発してい...

  • Hirobumi Ito Museum
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Hikari-shi Tsukari 2250-1
    A museum displaying personal items of Japan's first Prime Minister, Hirobumi Ito. You can learn about Japan from the end of the Edo period to the end of the Meiji period in a building featuring Meiji brick construction. The steel-framed, one-story structure with a floor area of 534.36 square meters is located between Hirobumi Ito's birthplace and former residence, providing a symbolic connection between his childhood and later life. The exhibition room displays his uniform, the first 1,000 yen note with his portrait (issued in 1963), and furniture that he used at his villa in Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture.

    当地出身の伊藤博文公を記念する公園。洋風の旧別邸、茅葺の生家、ゆかりの品や功績を説明する記念館、山口県出身の総理大臣が立てた顕彰碑、そして「旧千円札の顔出し写真撮影スポット」等があった。記念館だけは有料だが、それ以外は無料だった。駐車場は道路の向かいにあった。休日に行ったら、駐車場はそこそこ混んでいた。駐車場のとなりにカフェとトイレがあった。ちょっと立ち寄って休憩するには良いスポットだった。

  • 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.
  • Ryumonji Temple
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Shunan-shi Nagaho 1075-1
    This famous Soto sect temple was established in 1429. Morimasa, the fifth generation of the Sue clan, established this temple as a family temple and enshrined the Sue clan, who were vassals of the Ouchi clan in the Muromachi period (1336-1573). The location of Morimasa's tomb is no longer known, but there are many other memorial sites, such as the Sue clan's Japanese stone pagoda and five-ringed pagoda. The Nembutsu Odori, a traditional performing art handed down in the temple, was once danced as a memorial service to the Sue clan and eventually changed into a dance to pray for rain and was passed down as an intangible folk cultural property of the prefecture. The city has a special-order tea kettle, an important cultural property designated by the city, and the history of the area is being passed down to the present day.

    ゴルフ場に行く道を登っていくと、突如立派な門が現れて、立派なお堂が建っていた。お堂に向かって左側に陶氏一族のお墓に登っていく行く階段がある。紅葉の季節だったので紅葉等が綺麗だった。観光地ではないが、季節感を眺めたい山と林の中のお寺。

  • Tabuse Folk Museum
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Kumage-gun Tabuse Cho Shimotabuse 875-6
    A local museum located a five-minute walk from Tabuse Station. The personal items of well-known figures with ties to the area are on display. These include the locally born Prime Ministers Shinsuke Kishi and Eisaku Sato (who were brothers), the novelist Doppo Kunikida, and the educator Yurin Tominaga. Exhibits include medals, important documents, and beloved personal items from various countries. Visitors can recall their accomplishments through panel displays presenting their biographies and audio recordings of historical speeches. In the first floor Archaeological Hall you can see a model of the Kunimori Burial Mound, which is estimated to be the oldest in Yamaguchi Prefecture, as well as artifacts excavated from the site.

    田布施駅から徒歩で5分くらいにある無料の郷土館です。岸信介、佐藤栄作宰相の展示があります。民俗資料室では「綿 繰り器」などが展示してありました○

  • Hikari Furusato Kyodokan
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Hikari-shi Murozumi 5-6-5
    "A local museum established for the 50th anniversary of the municipality as one of its ""hometown creation"" projects. It consists of a main building and an annex restored by the Isobe family who owned a soy sauce shop under the name ""Isotami (later Isoya)"" from the Edo period to the mid-1950s. The Isobe Honke building is a unique merchant house structure colloquially called an unagi no nedoko (eel bed). The long two-story wooden building with narrow frontage recalls the prosperity of the port town of Murozumi. Exhibits on the kitamaebune ships that called at Murozumi during the Edo period, displays of equipment used for soy sauce brewing, and other displays let you learn about the lifestyles and culture of those days."

    かつての裕福な醤油屋を改装した施設。間口の割に奥行きが深く、昔の旧家の室内を見つつ、地元室積の歴史や種田山頭火をはじめとする当地と関係する有名人について知ることができるほか、奥に進めば当地の漁業、海運業、醤油作りの歴史に関する展示があって勉強になった。大人260円だった。当地の歴史、暮らし、産業等に興味がある人には面白いだろうが、そうでもない人にはビミョーかもしれない施設。

  • Kanmuriyama Comprehensive Park Auto Camping Ground
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Hikari-shi Murozumimura 6288
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kanyoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Shunanshi Kanokami 2872
    This temple is part of the Nanzen-ji Temple of Rinzai Sect, and is the 15th on the Chugoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage. It is famous for its Kyokusui Garden, designed by a famous garden designer Shigemori Mirei. They also hold events like Special Evening Visit days, when crowds of guests come to see the beautiful gardens and Kanyo-ji temple lit up with bamboo lanterns.
  • Akaibo-Toba (Tahoto) Pagoda
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Kudamatsu-shi Hanaoka
    A tahoto pagoda on the precincts of Hanaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Hanaoka Ebisu-cho, Kudamatsu City. It is said to be one of the 16 Pagodas of Hachimangu Shrine built by Fujiwara no Kamatari. The pagoda you see today is presumed to have been built at the end of the Muromachi period. It is 13.7 meters high, double-storied, and has a shingled roof. It's been designated a national Important Cultural Property.
  • Myokengu Jutoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Kudamatsu-shi Naka 1-10-15
    A Buddhist temple located in 1 Chome, Nakaichi, Kudamatsu City. It's an ancient temple honored as the guardian deity of the Ouchi clan, whose influence in Yamaguchi Prefecture expanded until the Sengoku period. Temple lore says it was built by Rinsho Taishi, the founder of the Ouchi clan. Daikokuten (one of the Seven Lucky Gods) is also enshrined, and the Daikoku Market is held there annually on January 7th.
  • Shikairo
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Kumage-gun Kaminosekicho Murotsu 868-1
    A Western-style wooden building completed in 1879 in Murotsu, a port town that prospered as a key hub for marine transport since the days of old. The four-story giyofu-style wooden structure is rare in Japan, and it's one of the oldest Western-style buildings in the prefecture. The Meiji Reformation patriot Ogata Kenkuro used it for hosting guests and as lodging. The exterior and interior are both elaborate, with plaster sculptures of Chinese lions and peonies on the third-floor walls. The ceiling on the fourth floor is decorated with a plaster Chinese phoenix and the windows incorporate French stained glass.

Yamaguchi Areas

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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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