Spots in Yamaguchi / Shuho Area

  • Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    155 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Matsuzakichou 14-1
    The Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Hofu City that is dedicated to the poet and statesman Sugawara no Michizane, deified as Tenjin, the God of Learning. It ranks alongside the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine in Kyoto and the Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine in Fukuoka as one of the Three Great Tenjin Shrines of Japan. As Sugawara no Michizane had been very impressed by Hofu while traveling to Dazaifu in Kyushu, it was believed that his spirit had returned to Hofu after his death, and so the first Tenman-gu Shrine in Japan was built here in 904. The imposing vermillion-painted Ro-mon (two-storied gate) and the view from the Shumpuro-ro hall inside the Shrine precincts should not be missed.

    Hofu Tenmangu is one of three major Tenmangu in Japan, beside Kyoto and Dazaifu. It is a highlight of Hofu sightseeing and absolutely worth visiting. The long passage to the shrine has a quaint...

  • Akiyoshidai Safari Land
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    4.5
    82 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Mitouchouaka 1212
    A safari park-style zoo located in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture where visitors can view wild animals from a vehicle in settings close to their natural environment. In the Safari Zone, visitors can view African elephants, huge American black bears, lions, tigers, and more, either from their own car or a reservable bus tour which includes a chance to feed some of the animals. The park’s petting zoo, where visitors can play with and feed cute animals such as kangaroos and capybaras, is also quite popular. The zoo also has rare live white tiger and white lion exhibits. Finally, the park has a restaurant and an amusement park area with a giant Ferris wheel and roller coasters, ensuring families can enjoy an entire, fun-filled day here.

    I was visiting the area with my mom and since she loves animals, we went there. It is easy to find using Google maps or the GPS. As you exit the road, remain on the left side, passing the parking...

  • Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church
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    3.5
    123 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Kameyamachou 4-1
    A Catholic church located in Yamaguchi City. The church was built in 1952 to commemorate 400 years since the missionary Francis Xavier came to Yamaguchi to proselytize. The original church building was destroyed in a fire; the current reconstruction was erected in 1998. The church's two steeples, more than 50 meters tall, are a Yamaguchi City landmark.

    This is a Catholic Church, which was built on the occasion of 400 anniversary of Xavier’s visit to Yamaguchi. Its white steeples in a blue sky are very beautiful. As I visited, it was closed (from...

  • The Sesshu Garden at Joei-ji Temple
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    4.0
    79 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Miyanoshimo 2001-1
    According to tradition, the Sesshu Garden was designed around 500 years ago by the famous painter-monk Sesshu Toyo as the garden for what was then the villa of the local lord Ouchi Masahiro. A temple was later built on the site of the villa. The Sesshu Garden is located on the north side of the Hon-do (Main Hall) of the temple, the name of which was changed from the Myoki-ji Temple to the Joei-ji Temple. The Garden has been designated as a National Historic Site and as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. This traditional Japanese-style garden with forested hills behind it on the eastern, western and northern sides features a pond with four artificial islands in it, surrounded by carefully-arranged rocks and a “dry waterfall” of stones; visitors get a real sense of the culture of the Muromachi period when the garden was built.

    If you have the time, it is worth a visit. We went on a rainy day so no one was there. We had the garden to ourselves. I would like to visit it again on a sunny day so I can walk up the hill further...

  • Akiyoshido
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Shuhouchouakiyoshi 3506-2
    Akiyoshidai, in the eastern part of Mine City in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is home to the “Akiyoshido,” Japan’s greatest limestone cave. The entrance to the cave has a height of 24 meters and a width of eight meters, and the cave’s deepest point is about 200 meters below the surface. There are plenty of sights to see such as the giant Golden Pillar, a travertine pillar with a height of approximately 15 meters, and the Hundred Saucers, which look like terraced rice-fields. The interior of the cave stretches for nearly 10 kilometers, but the sightseeing path only ventures to about one kilometer into the cave. The temperature remains stable at nearly 17°C throughout the year, and a wide range of ages can comfortably tour the cave.
  • Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Yudaonsen 1-11-21
    This is a memorial museum located in Yamaguchi City, the birthplace of the poet, Chuya Nakahara. It has been built on the site of the Nakahara clinic, Chuya’s childhood home. The museum exhibits manuscripts and personal belongings of Chuya Nakahara. There is a permanent exhibition where visitors can view books on the first floor, and visitors can enjoy CDs, a document search room and special exhibitions on the second floor.

    金子みすずさんと共に山口県を代表する有名な方です。3月の3連休に湯田温泉に宿泊した際訪れました。人は少なく、ゆっくりと作品を観賞できました。

  • Mohri Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Tatara 1-15-1
    The Mohri Garden is a large garden, covering an area of 84,000 square meters, which has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. This is a garden arranged so that visitors walk around a central pond; various features—including specially positioned groups of rocks, plants, grass lawns, stone bridges and footpaths—have been arranged around the Hyotan-ike Pond. The most visually impressive part of the Garden is the area of level garden in front of the reception and study room. The Mohri Garden is also famous as a marvelous place to view autumn foliage; the autumn leaves are at their best between mid-November and late November each year.
  • Mori Museum
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Tatara 1-15-1
    The main residence of Lord Mouri of the former Choshu clan is open to the public as a museum, collecting and displaying 20,000 arts, crafts and historical items related to the Mouri family. The museum has about 9,000 National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties including “Landscapes of the Four Seasons, by Sesshu” and is one of the leading museums in Japan. Special and planned exhibitions held regularly, so visitors can see a number of precious works.

    It is a museum beside Mori Garden. It is called “museum “, but actually it is the old house of Mori Family and some exhibitions concerning their family. If you are interested in history, it is worth...

  • Suoukokubun-ji Temple
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Kokubunjichou 2-67
    This temple is located in Kokubunji Town, Hofu City. It is one of the Kokubunji temples built nationwide by the Imperial Order of Emperor Shomu in 741, but is rare because it is only one of few remaining in the same location as the original construction. The temple preserves Important Cultural Property Buddhist statues such as the sitting Yakushi Nyorai as its principal image as well as standing statues of Nikko Bosatsu and Gekko and the seated Amida Nyorai and Shitenno.

    It is one of Kokubunji, which was built by the order of Emperor Shomu in Nara Period. While many Kokubunji just remains its name, this one, though not an original of that time, is still surviving. It...

  • Yamaguchi City Saikotei
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    4.5
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Tenge 1-2-7
    "This is an historical building in Yamaguchi City. The building was traditionally known as a famous Japanese restaurant called ""Gion Saikotei"" in the Meiji period (1868–1912) and was frequented by Kaoru Inoue, Hirobumi Ito, Takayoshi Kido and Aritomo Yamagata. The building is now used as a place of culture exchange and to exhibit collections of people who were once connected to the restaurant. Visitors can rent and try on kimonos for a fee, there is a rickshaw service and rental bicycles etc."

    It is a historical restaurant in Yamaguchi, where many politicians gathered while drinking. Actually it was rather an event hall than a restaurant, and so their main dining room are huge. Since it...

  • Roadside Station Chomonkyo
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Atouikumohigashibun 47-1
    "This is a Roadside Station at the entrance of ""Chomonkyo Gorge"" along National Route 9 in Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. At the shop and direct sales market visitors can purchase fresh local produce, ""apple products"", and ""Ato Beef"" etc. In addition, the Roadside Station includes a restaurant and tourist information of the area and is popular for people visiting the Chomonkyo Gorge for sightseeing."

    1月に訪問しました。改装?拡張?工事を行っていて駐車場からおみやげ物などを売る建物までは工事用の覆いを避けてあるかなければならず不便な上にわかりづらかったです。

  • Machinoeki Umeterasu
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Matsuzakichou 1-20
    This tourist facility is near Hofu Tenmangu Shrine in Matsuzaki Town, Hofu City. The facility provides tourist information of Hofu, shops selling Hofu specialty products, a bicycle rental service and conference rooms for rent, a free resting area and other services. In the cafe restaurant serving dishes using local ingredients, visitors can also enjoy a daily lunch based on vegetables called the “vege-lunch”.

    It is a Michinoeki,which is located at the gateway to Hofu Tenmangu. Because of its location, many tourists come. There are restaurants, a souvenir shop, and even a corner which provides leaflets for...

  • Steam Locomotive Yamaguchi
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    4.5
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi ken Yamaguchi city Oguri
    Steam Locomotive Yamaguchi (Yamaguchi-go) is a steam locomotive that runs the 62.9 kilometer trip from Shin Yamaguchi Station to Tsuwano Station in about two hours. The sight of the powerful locomotive running with its whistle blowing and puffing smoke is impressive. The locomotive is elegant with the nickname “lady”, and each carriage has been tastefully decorated in Western and Taisho-styles. Reservations are required.

    This is the most memorable train ride in my life. I was so happy seeing the kids around getting so excited and could feel the popularity when trying to get a ticket. I asked a friend to buy for me in...

  • Akiyoshi-dai Museum of Natural History
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Shuhouchouakiyoshi 1237-938
    This museum, located in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is for the purpose of academic research and nature conservation of Akiyoshidai. The history and formation of caves, as well as the living organisms are clearly explained. In addition to the specimens, photos and fossils on display, visitors are also able to watch videos. Mini special exhibitions, along with permanent exhibitions, are also held.

    The area is very natural and interesting. It is worth a stroll on a sunny day. You can bring food and picnic there. Some small cafe scattered around.

  • Toshun-ji Temple
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Mizunouechou 5-27
    Located in the Mizunoue district of Yamaguchi City, the Toshun-ji Temple is famous as the Bodai-ji (family temple) of the warlord Mori Motanari. It was also formerly the site of the Kokusei-ji Temple built by Ouchi Morimi (a Muromachi era warlord); one remaining vestige of this older temple is the Sanmon gate, which is built in the Shikyaku-mon style (with four supporting pillars and a gabled roof), and which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property. The Toshun-ji Temple was originally constructed within Yoshida Castle in the Akinokuni domain in 1572, but was subsequently relocated several times as the regions controlled by the Mori family changed; the Temple was finally moved to its present site in 1868. Like the Sanmon gate, the Temple’s Kannon-do hall has also been designated as an Important Cultural Property; the hall, which was relocated here from the Taki-no-kannon-ji Temple (a temple associated with the Ouchi family), features beautiful Chinese-style architecture including a Katomado window and a Sankarado paneled wooden door. Worshippers at the Temple are greeted by Chief Priest “Maru”, a dog who has become a media sensation.

    Many tourists visit Rurikoji Temple, but maybe less people come to this temple, which is located just beside it. But its main gate and Kannondo building are designated as important cultural property...

  • Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Shuhouchouakiyoshi Akiyoshidai
    "This is an observation deck located in the southern part of ""Akiyoshidai Higashidai"". The second floor has a circular shape and visitors can enjoy a panorama view of 360 degrees from the lookout. In addition to overlooking the Karst topography of Akiyoshidai and grasslands, the boundary between the forest and grasslands can be easily seen. The observation deck is also wheelchair friendly. "
  • Yasutomiya
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Shopping
    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Shuhouchouakiyoshi 3442
    This tourism center is at the entrance to Akiyoshi Cave in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The shop has a local production for local consumption area, and offers a wide variety of prefecture souvenirs like burdock root udon noodles made with burdock root picked in Mito Town in Yamaguchi. The wide-open restaurant can accommodate groups of up to 850, so with reservations they can accept large tour groups.

    絶対食べるべきです!!! 正直、郷土料理の一種ね?一応これにしておくか、ぐらいにしか思わずに頼みましたが、いい意味で完全に裏切られました。

  • Roadside Station Mitou
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    3.0
    11 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Mitouchouoda 5480-1
    "This Roadside Station is on National Route 435 in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It is famous for having a large Buddha statue of good fortune in the parking lot. ""Mito burdock"", a specialty of the region and ""Mito Ekiben lunch boxes"", limited to Saturdays and Sundays, are available. Visitors can taste dishes made with burdock root at the restaurant. The ""Kasen Shinsui River Park ""is next to the facility and in summer fireflies can be viewed here."

    萩からの帰りに立ち寄りました。小郡萩道路は無料区間なのでICから出てトイレと多少の休憩でまた同じICに戻りました。小郡萩道路にもこの道の駅の案内表示はあり、ICからの距離は短いです。夕方だったので食事処で食事をしている人はいませんでしたが、営業はしていました。隣にスーパーがあるせいか、生鮮品の販売は道の駅としては少ないほうかなと思いました。奈良の大仏の銅を献上した地ということで大仏のモニュメントが...

  • Nagasawa Garden
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Suzenji 2296
    This lakeside accommodation in Yamaguchi City offers a restaurant, banquet hall, and catering services. Tourists who travel by car can use this place as a rest stop, and eat at the restaurant, and use their large public bath. There is even a rest area especially for women. Accommodation is available without meals included. All rooms have toilets attached, and there is even a large guest house for groups.

    麺類自販機が2台。 肉うどんを食べましたが醤油の味が強く感じました。なんというか東の人間が喜びそうな感じです。 レストランや売店もあります。売店の床が時代を感じます。

  • Roadside Station Niho no Sato
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Transportation
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Nihonakagou 1034
    "This Roadside Station is located on National Route 376 in Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture and sells various items such as ""Kajika rice"" cultivated in the clear stream of Niho River, and sake ""Niho no Hana"". In addition, the station includes restaurants and rest areas, a children's play zone and on the second floor there is an observation deck. The area is popular with people enjoying the nature of Niho."

    現在工事中であるが、なかなか良い道の駅。ゴールデンウィーク期間中は近くの川で大きな鯉のぼりの泳ぐ姿が見れ、ここで販売されている野菜は安く 地元で飼育されているメダカや金魚も売ってます 時間を潰すにはとても良い道の駅です。

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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