Yamaguchi by Bike
The main sites in Yamaguchi are not so close to the station and also rather spread out from one another. The Rentacycle is located just across the street from Yamaguchi Station.
Two hour rentals are 300 yen, but most travelers will want the full day rental for 700 yen. The shop opens at 8:00am. It closes at 7pm, but hours may vary by season, so make sure you know what time you have to return the bike!
Traveling by bike will allow you to maximize your time in Yamaguchi. It only takes about 15-20 minutes to reach Joeiji Temple by bike. You can travel from Joeiji to the sites around Rurikoji Temple, the Saint Xavier Memorial Cathedral, etc. and then head to the Yuda Onsen area to enjoy the onsen all very easily in a day if you have a bike.
Another benefit is that Yamaguchi is mostly flat, so the riding is not only convenient but also very easy, so you can go at a leisurely pace and still see a large number of sites.
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Getting to Yamaguchi
The fastest way to reach Yamaguchi City is by taking the Shinkansen to Shin-Yamaguchi Station. Be aware that not all trains stops at Shin-Yamaguchi, so it's important to make sure your train will stop here. Only some Nozomi and Sakura trains stop here. Most Hikari trains will stop here, and of course, all Kodama trains will stop here.
You can also get to Shin-Yamaguchi Station by local trains along the JR Sanyo Line.
Shin-Yamaguchi Station is the primary entry point however, it's not the primary station for tourists. From Shin-Yamaguchi, you'll need to transfer to the JR Yamaguchi Line and take a train to Yamaguchi Station (or Yuda Onsen Station) which is located in the city center near the main tourist attractions and hotels. Although most travelers will arrive from east or west, those traveling from the north (Shimane Prefecture) must also take the JR Yamaguchi Line.
There are no private railway operators serving Yamaguchi. It is entirely JR, although there is a nostalgic steam train, the SL Yamaguchi, that requires a reservation to board, similar to Limited Express Trains (except this train is not faster, it's just more atmospheric).
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