Shimonoseki Travel Guide

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Shimonoseki Things to Do

  • Chofu Garden

    Chofu Garden is located in Shimonoseki City, used to be the Samurai house of Nishi Ykinaga who was the vice leader of Chofu-clan.The inside of the park has an area of 31,000 m2, Shoin, Chaya, Szuma are still remained around the pond.A quiet atmosphere still is retained there today. In the park you can see a waterfall that develops from the water of...

  • Shimonoseki Centre

    The ports, major shopping areas and business areas of the largest city in Yamaguchi Prefecture are clustered around JR Shimonoseki Station which is surrounded by water on three sides. Many business' and stores can be found in the central part of the clean and well layed out city.

  • Shrines at Shimonoseki Station

    A collection of smaller temples and shrines are connected by a trail system that starts east of Shimonoseki Station and runs throughout the line of hills behind the city's buildings next to the Kanmon Straits. At the eastern end, Hiyoriyama Park on the hillside is a pleasant forested green spot for a picnic.

  • Kanmon Channel

    The Kanmon Channel is an important route used by 700 ships a day due to its proximity to Korea and it is a unique feature important to Shimonoseki.

  • Karato Market

    This is the the “kitchen” of Shimonoseki. The Karato Market is a leading gastronomical location in Shimonoseki. Crowds descend on the market until lunchtime every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to savor delicious meals of sushi and other seafood delights served by rows of open-air stalls.

  • Kaikyokan

    Approximately 20 thousand fish and marine creatures are displayed from 500 different species. There is a huge tank which replicates the tide of the Kanmon Straits. Various types of fugu, or blowfish, are also displayed. There are also skeletal displays of the blue whale, the largest such skeleton in Japan.

  • Kaikyo Yume Tower

    The Kaikyo Yume Tower was opened by Yamaguchi Prefecture on July 20, 1996 and at 153 meters tall this landmark is the tallest tower in western Japan. The tower is a bold addition to the skyline that enables visitors to get a birds-eye view from the observation floor. The view of the Kanmon Straits from 143 meters is well worth the price of...

  • Akama Shrine

    Akama Shrine enshrines the Heike clan and the young Emperor Antoku, who died in the battle against the powerful samurai clan, Genji. Sentei Festival is held in May every year.This festival was started when court ladies visited the grave of the Emperor Antoku and prayed for this young emperor who died at a mere eight years old during the battle...

  • Kaikyo-yume tower

    Kaikyo-yume tower means Kanmon Strait dream tower is a landmark of Shimonoseki-city, and has the international conference hall and the exhibition trade fair site. From the observatory at 143m high place, around Shimonoseki-city, Kanmon Strait including Kanmon Bridge, Ganryujima Island as well as Mojiko Retro district can be seen.- Opening hours :...

  • Ganryujima island

    Ganryujma island, is a uninhabited island located in the Kanmon Strait between Kitakyushu and Shimonoseki.This island is well known as a place where the two renowned swordsman (samurai) of the Edo Era.Musashi Miyamoto and Kojiro Sasaki, fought their final duel on April 12, 1692.This island is named after the school of Kojiro Sasaki who defeated by...

  • Karato-ichiba, is a fish market

    Karato-ichiba, is a fish market in Shimonoseki establish in 1933, and the trading volume of the blowfish is No.1 of Japan. This market is not only the wholesale market of fresh fishes taken in the sea around Shimonoseki but also the retail market of fishes, marine products and sushi.You can eat various Sushis with a economical price.[Back to...

  • Mt. Hinoyama

    Hinoyama is a mountain located in Shimonoseki with an altitude of 268m.Hinoyama means mountain of fire since there was a signal fire place to tell an enemy’s attack.From the observatory at the summit of the mountain, beautiful views, such as Kanmon Bridge, Shimonoseki city, Genkainada, and Suo-Nada, can be seen.[Back to Shimonoseki]


Shimonoseki Hotels

  • Dormy Inn Premium Shimonoseki

    3-40 Hosoeshinmachi, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 750-0017, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Wing International Shimonoseki

    3-11-2 Takezaki-cho, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 750-0025, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Nishi-Nagato Resort

    2045 Kanda Hohoku-cho, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 759-5331, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Shimonoseki Restaurants

  • The Poison Fish

    If you want to try something different and also poisonous this is the place to eat on the edge :-)Shimonoseki is responsible for 80 % of all of the Fugo caught in Japan and hence this is the capital of the Blow Fish. Chefs have to have a special license to prepare the fish and even though I got a rush after eating several courses of it - I am still...


    This fish is actually poisonous and every year in Japan someone dies from consuming fugu that has been prepared incorrectly. The fugu chefs train for many years as apprentices before they are allowed to prepare the dish themselves in their own restaurant.The best fugu restaurants in Japan are found here in Shimonoseki. This delicacy doesn't come...

  • If you are in Shimonoseki you'll have to...

    Fugu is a blowfish and counts as a delicacy except that parts of it are horribly poisonous – poisonous enough to kill 30 people. Cooks needs to have a licence which is checked every year. But still there are always at least one or two people dying each year because of FUGU. I was told which kind of fish I just ate after finishing my dish. But I...


Shimonoseki Transportation

  • Shimonoseki Port

    The Kamp Ferry Line connects Shimonoseki with Pusan, Korea with daily overnight sailings. This link to Korea has operated since 1970. Ferries also run to Qingdao, China. The terminal is connected by overhead walkway to JR Shimonoseki Station and Seamall Shimonoseki.

  • Ferry to Ganryujima island

    This is a ferry to Ganryujima island from Karato port, journey time is 15 minute.Fare of round trip for an adult is 1000 yen.


    Shimonoseki is located in Yamaguchi Prefecture on the southern most tip. It is connected by train to Kyushu and there is also a car bridge joining the islands of Honshu and Kyushu over Kanmon Strait.The closest airport is in Fukuoka City to the south and the closest Shinkansen station is located in Kokura, Kitakyushu (also in Fukuoka Prefecture).


Shimonoseki Local Customs

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    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 16, 2008

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    One of the traditional highlights of my visit to Shimonoseki was dressing up as a Samurai. This lenghty procedure enabled me to see how the strong the link of tradition is and to learn about this important way of Japanese life. It took almost an hour until I had the Samurai gear on and imagine a 1,95 m tall Samurai standing in the port of Shimonoseki. :-)

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Shimonoseki What to Pack

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    by kiwigal_1 Updated Jun 24, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Shimonoseki has no major airport (the closest being in Fukuoka) so you are likely to arrive here by train. Carting heavy luggage in Japanese train stations is not recommended! I suggest either a backpack or the kind of hard-wearing suitcases with wheels that are easy to pull. (Remember the stairs though!!)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shimonoseki has a fairly mild winter. It snows from time to time but not heavily. The summers are hot and humid.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything you will need can be purchased here.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are plenty of outdoor camping opportunities in Yamaguchi Prefecture (where Shimonoseki is located). In summer you will only need a lightweight tent and either a lightweight sleeping bag or a sheet.

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