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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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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...

  • Hoshino Tetsuro Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Oshimagunsuouoshimachou Hirano 417-11
    "The works and documents of song writer Tetsuro Hoshino are displayed in this museum, located in Oshima County, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The museum is made up of five areas: ""Hoshino Theater"", ""Hoshino Workshop"", ""Hoshino Song Bar"", ""Hoshino Exhibition"" and ""Hoshino Movie Theater"". Visitors can experience the work of Tetsuro Hoshino in various forms. The museum also presents exhibitions based on his music works."
  • Former Mekata Family Residence
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama
    The Mekata Family Residence is a mid-level samurai residence which was built in the middle of the Edo period. Iwakuni’s samurai residences were usually two-story constructions as a protection against flooding of the Nishikigawa River, and although the Mekata Family Residence is also a two-story construction, it looks as though it is a one-story house since the front has a large main roof without any windows. This style of construction is to have given consideration to avoid looking down upon the clan’s lord when he passed by. It was designated a as National Important Cultural Property in 1974.
  • 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.
  • Tenbo Ichiba
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Iwakuni 1-1-42
    A souvenir shop located on the second floor of the Kintaikyo Bus Center in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture a one minute walk from the Kintai Bridge, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful bridges. The shop sells a variety of Yamaguchi and Iwakuni specialty products, such as Iwakuni renkon-ten locally grown lotus root tempura, Kintai somen noodles, and Kintai senbei rice crackers made in the shape of Kintai Bridge. There’s also a viewing area as well as a café where you can enjoy tea and food such as Iwakuni sushi while enjoying the view of Kintai Bridge.
  • Kikkawa Historical Museum
    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama 2-7-3
    A history museum located in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture which preserves and displays historical materials and artwork passed down from the Kikkawa clan, the former rulers of the ancient Iwakuni Domain. The museum’s collection includes some 2,500 National Important Cultural Properties, such as an original copy of the historic epic the “Taiheiki” and the “Kikkawa-ke monjo” Kikkawa clan records, in addition to Kitsunegaseki, a long sword designated a National Treasure. The front gate was originally built as part of the retirement residence of the seventh lord of Iwakuni Domain in 1793 and is designated a Tangible Cultural Property by the city of Iwakuni. The complex also has a black granite stage as well as a garden covered with white gravel that is a must-see.


  • Iwakuni Castle Ropeway
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama
    The Iwakuni Castle Ropeway runs from in front of Kikko Park in Yokoyama, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, up to the summit of Shiroyama at a height of about 200 meters. From the window of the 30-person gondola travelers can look out over the former castle town and streets of Iwakuni, Kintai Bridge, one of Japan’s three famous bridges, and the Seto Inland Sea. The journey time is about three minutes one way. Dogs and cats weighing less than 10 kilos can be taken in the gondolas provided they are in a pet cage. At the plaza outside the mountaintop station look out for the mechanical clock which plays music at regular intervals. There is also a play area for children and an observation deck. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the station at the top to Iwakuni Castle.
  • Yokoyama White Snake Viewing Facility
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama 2-6-52 (in YoshiKaoru park)
    Located next to Kikko Park in the Yokoyama district of Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, the Yokoyama White Snake Viewing Facility is a place where visitors can see the famous “Iwakuni White Snakes,” which have been designated as a National Natural Monument. The facility has recently been renovated and renamed as the Iwakuni White Snake Museum. Inside the facility there are displays on the biology of the White Snakes, along with models, showings of video footage, displays about the legends associated with the White Snakes, etc. A real effort has been made to ensure that visitors can enjoy learning about the Iwakuni White Snakes.

    White albino snakes used to be protectors of traditional Japanese houses from rodents, and were thought to be send by gods as messengers. Now there are only 1000 of these snakes left in Iwakuni. They...

  • Iwakuni Art Museum Kashiwara Collection
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Yokoyama 2-10-27
    "Located an eight-minute drive from the Iwakuni Interchange on the Sanyo Expressway, this is one of the few art museums in Japan for old armor, and is in front of Iwakuni Castle Ropeway Mountain Foot Station. Storing approximately 6,000 pieces of armor such as suit armor and swords from the Nara period (710-794) to the Edo period (1603-1868), old documents, writings and old mirrors, it exhibits about 200 pieces including the famous Kawanakajima Kassenzu, a folding screen with eight panels painted the battle of Kawanakajima. In addition to the ""Life and Death Culture"" exhibition, which introduces armor with the lives of samurai, and ""Cultures of Life"" exhibition, which introduces the traditional culture that colored the lives of samurai, various special exhibitions and exhibitions are also held."
  • Kannon Suisha Dekamarukun
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Iwakunishi Mikawamachinekasa 3039
    "Located a 30-minute drive from the Iwakuni Interchange on the Sanyo Expressway or the Muikaichi Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway, this huge water wheel 12 meters in diameter was made using specially made cedar in 1990. It is near ""Negasaiwaya Kannon,"" where a wooden Buddha state dedicated by Kobo Daishi is said to have become a Buddha statue like stalactite over a long period of time after being exposed to water droplets including lime, and it suddenly appears when you approach along the path to the temple. It reopened after renovations in March 2010."

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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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