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  • 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.
  • Akiyoshi-dai Plateau
    Travel / Tourism
    Mimaki City Yamaguchi
    Believed to have been formed some 350 million years ago as a coral reef, the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau is one of Japan’s largest karst plateaus and boasts a total area of around 54 square kilometers. Countless rugged limestone protrusions jut out of the scenic vast grass-covered plain, and flowers can be found here growing year round. Scenic observatory offers panoramic views of the magnificent plain. The limestone of Akiyoshido, a designated Special Natural Monument, is another of the area’s highlights. The entire area is also designated as a Quasi-National Park which serves as a popular leisure spot where visitors can go hiking and trekking.
  • The Five-storeyed Pagoda of the Ruriko-ji Temple (a National Treasure)
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Kouzanchou 7-1 Inside of Kayama Park
    This is a five-tier pagoda located within Kozan Park in Yamaguchi City. The cypress shingled roofs of this pagoda, artistically stretching and decreasing in size, up to the highest tier make for a well-proportioned elegant tower. This pagoda is named one of the Top 3 most beautiful pagodas in Japan. Erected around 1442, at the height of the Ouchi culture, it is a masterpiece of the time, and a designated National Treasure. The tower is 31.2 meters in height. Set against the natural backdrop of each season, cherry blossoms, fall foliage, or snow, the pagoda is a picturesque sight. The night lit profile is also a must see.
  • Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine
    132 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.

    We heard this is an important shrine in Hofu so we planned for a trip. It is one of Japan’s leading Tenman-gu (shrines sacred to the God of Academic Learning) which ranked alongside the Dazaifu...

  • Beppu Benten Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Mineshi Shuhouchoubeppu Water
    A fresh spring pond located on the grounds of Beppu Itsukushima-jinja Shrine in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. This mystical pond sparkles cobalt blue in the sunlight, and it is one of the top sightseeing destinations in the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau area. The waters of the pond, welling up from the limestone of the karst plateau, are rich in calcium, and are a cold 14°C. Selected as one of Japan’s 100 most famous waters, locals also use its waters for cooking, washing vegetables, and other daily lives. There is a water station near the pond for people to draw fresh spring water. Legend has it that the spring burst forth after the elder of a town facing a water shortage prayed here to the goddess Benzaiten as instructed in a dream, and each year on the first Sunday in September, a Benten Festival is held and a dance called the Beppu Nenbutsu Odori is offered to the goddess.
  • Foot Bath and Drinking Springs, in front of Yuda Hot Springs Tourist Information
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Yudaonsen 2-1-23
    "These are foot bath facilities in Yamaguchi City, and refers to six locations in the Yuda Hot Springs town center. The foot baths are at Inoue Park, in front of Yuda Onsen station, in front of the Tourist Information Center, within the community center, ""Sunfresh Yamaguchi"", and on Yunomachi Street"". All the baths are free of charge and are frequented by both hot spring guests and local residents."
  • Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    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. "
  • Koubou Alley
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Yudaonsen 2-2-13
    "At this sundry shop in Yamaguchi City visitors can find T - shirts designed on the legend of Yuda Hot Springs featuring a ""white fox"" as well as other original items such as stuffed toys and straps, etc. There is also a hands-on workshop where visitors can actually make their own Hagi-yaki pottery, a local craft."
  • Suonokuni Ichinomiya Tamanooya Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Osaki 1690
    This shrine in Hofu City received the deity divided from the Tamanooya Shrine in Osaka Prefecture, and it is the main shrine for the Tamanooya Shrines. The grounds of the temple are considered as the birthplace of Japanese black kashiwa chickens, which are designated as a natural monument. There are two enshrined deities: Tamanooya no Mikoto and another unknown, and Tama no Iwaya (grotto) is the grave of the god Tamanooya no Mikoto.
  • Omura Masujiro Birth House
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Suzenji 5669
    This historical site is located about a three-minute walk from Yotsuji Station on the JR Sanyo main line. It is the site of the birthplace of Omura Masujiro, a doctor, Western scholar, and military strategist who served the Choshu Domain at the end of the Edo period (1603–1868), and is one of the instigators of the Meiji Restoration, and now there is monument of Omura there. The surrounding area is maintained as a park with carpark, and visitors are invited to explore.
  • Chomonkyo Gorge
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Prefecture Yamaguchi-shi / Tokyo / Hagi-shi Kawakami
    A 12-kilometer gorge in Yamaguchi City. It is known for its beautiful array of unique rocks, waterfalls and abysses. There is a promenade around the gorge which attracts many hikers and trekkers. Visitors can enjoy cherry blossom in spring and autumn foliage in autumn, and this place is also visited as summer resorts.

    地元の和牛「あとう和牛」が有名。 あとう和牛のラーメンを食べてみた。 肉は柔らかく、ラーメンにも合ってる。 もう少し肉のボリュームがあるといいが…。 以前は和牛メニューにステーキ等もあったけど、無くなってた。せっかくここまで来たのだから、少々高くても美味しい和牛ステーキとか食べてみたいものだ。

  • Roadside Station Chomonkyo
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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."

    新築工事中のようですが、お店は営業しています。いろいろな物産品が置いてあります。葉葉堂のもなかが、とても美味しかったです。 JRの長門峡駅(歩いて数分)が、寂しい無人駅なので、ここで出発時間を待ちます。

  • Roadside Station Ganjoju Onsen
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Atoutokusakami 2-95
    "This is a Roadside Station on National Route 9 in Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture that also includes a day use hot spring onsen. It is fully equipped with large public baths, outdoor baths, family baths, and foot baths. Visitors can taste the specialty ""SL Udon noodles"" at the restaurant. There is also a rest area, and the facility is used by many locals and tourists."
  • Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church
    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.
  • Roadside Station Aio
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Aiohigashi 1520-4
    This Roadside Station is in Yamaguchi City offering Japanese tiger prawns caught freshly in Aio, a town facing the Seto Inland Sea, as well as fresh fish, vegetables and flowers. Visitors can enjoy the unique cuisine of Aio by trying a fried shrimp dish using two complete shrimps, or shrimp rice gruel at the restaurant area.

    旅の途中立ちよりました。 大型車は止められず普通車も10台分が限度です。 食事は焼き飯と書かれた海老チャーハンが安くて美味しい(o^-^o) 行かれる方食べて見てはo(^-^)o

  • Roadside Station Niho no Sato
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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."


  • Yamaguchi City Saikotei
    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."
  • Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum
    54 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.


  • Roadside Station Kirara Ajisu
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Ajisu 509-88
    "At this Road Station in Yamaguchi City, visitors can buy fresh seafood caught in the waters off Yamaguchi, meat at the meat market and fresh local produce. Many souvenirs made from the Ajisu brand pumpkin ""Kurimasaru"" are available. There is also an eat-in area to enjoy soft-serve ice creams and snacks."
  • Akiyoshi-dai Museum of Natural History
    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.

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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