Yamaguchi

Meet the multi-arched Kintai-kyo bridge

About Yamaguchi

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Omi Island

Omi Island

This small island near Hagi in the Sea of Japan boasts scenic seashores, swimming beaches, a campground, and fishing villages. The island is about 40 km (25 mi) in circumference and a highlight of Kita-Nagato Kaigan Quasi-National Park, which includes nearby Tsuno Island. It’s accessible by br..

Tsuno Island

Tsuno Island

Just off the northern Yamaguchi coast in the Sea of Japan lies Tsunoshima, a small but attractive island. Easily accessible now due to the Tsunoshima Bridge, the island’s sculpted landscapes, parks, quaint fishing villages, beaches, campground, and lighthouse make for an enjoyable weekend geta..

Hagi

Hagi

Situated on the scenic north coast of Yamaguchi on the Japan Sea, Hagi is a delightful small town rich in history. This was where the Mōri clan built up a great power base during the Sengoku (Warring States) Period in the 15th and 16th centuries. With the start of the Edo Period (1603-1868), the cla..

Dining

Yuda Onsen's Patisserie Fleur

Yuda Onsen's Patisserie Fleur

In Yamaguchi City, Patisserie Fleur is 'the' place to go for desserts and sweets.  Located just behind the UBL Hotel Matsumasa, this shop/cafe is easy to reach on foot from anywhere in central Yuda Onsen. Unbelievably, they are..

Musashi Ice Cream Shop

Musashi Ice Cream Shop

Speaking of Iwakuni City in eastern Yamaguchi Prefecture, one would naturally think of Kintai Bridge. The historical wooden arch bridge, was built in 1673, spanning five wooden arches across the Nishiki River. Along the river, there are the usual sta..

La Ceiba

La Ceiba

For a taste of something fresh and Italian-inspired, head for the tiny restaurant of La Ceiba, tucked away in the shopping arcades of central Hagi. La Ceiba is open for lunch every day but Sunday, and the midday meal is when you'll find the best..

Places to stay

Hagi Komachi

Hagi Komachi

The modern ryokan of Hagi Komachi sits along the edge of the sea, halfway between the city of Hagi and Kasayama, the mountain north of the city that is home to the area's famed camellia grove. If you want to be close to the "action"..

Hotel Resort Mihagi

Hotel Resort Mihagi

Hagi has no shortage of hotels but if you feel like pampering yourself a bit, look no further than the Hotel Resort Mihagi, a stone's throw from both the Kikugahama area and the historic castle district. You'll notice the beach as soon ..

Yumoto Kanko Hotel Saikyo

Yumoto Kanko Hotel Saikyo

While traveling, it is always interesting to experience staying in accommodations unique to a destination. I personally had never previously stayed in a ryokan, a Japanese inn originating from the Edo period that usually consists of communal baths, t..

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Yanai's Sagawa Shoyu-gura & Museum

Yanai's Sagawa Shoyu-gura & Museum

Sagawa Shoyu was founded in 1830 and is located in Yanai City's white-walled historic district. As you enter their warehouse, a fantastic smell envelopes you. Take a close look at large vats of soy sauce being brewed in a traditional manner using..

Rurikoji & Toshunji Temples in Fall

Rurikoji & Toshunji Temples in Fall

Rurikoji and Toshunji temples sit beside each other in Kozan Koen in Yamaguchi City.  In November, leaves on many trees within the park change to vivid red, orange or yellow.  Rurikoji's famous five-story pagoda is at its most beautiful..

Pottery Experience in Hagi

Pottery Experience in Hagi

Hagi is a lovely town, located on the western seaside of Yamaguchi Prefecture, where a famous style of pottery known as Hagiyaki was introduced approximately 400 years ago. I had the opportunity to meet with a local potter and check out the pottery w..

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About yamaguchi

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionChugoku
IslandHonshu
CapitalYamaguchi
Population1,451,338
Area6112.30 sq. km

The westernmost prefecture of Honshu, Yamaguchi played a vital role during the Meiji Restoration (known then as Choshu), overthrowing the Tokugawa shogunate and establishing the new imperial government. As a result of its political influence, four of Japan’s first nine Prime Ministers were from Yamaguchi.

Shimonoseki serves as the western gateway to Japan’s main island from Kyushu, as the Kanmon Bridge, running between Shimonoseki and Moji, Fukuoka, connects the two islands. A marker for the site of the decisive Battle of Dannoura in 1185 can be found near it. Just off the coast is Ganryuu-jima, the site of the legendary duel between Japan’s greatest swordsmen, Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro. If you like Japanese history, Yamaguchi is the place for you.

Other places of note include Ruriko Temple and the Hagi Castle Town, while Tsunoshima-ohashi and Kintai-kyo are two of Japan’s most scenic bridges.

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