Yamaguchi Travel Guide

  • Rurikoji Temple
    Rurikoji Temple
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  • Unkokuan Hermitage
    Unkokuan Hermitage
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  • Hanchomon Gate
    Hanchomon Gate
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Yamaguchi Things to Do

  • Unkokuan Hermitage

    Unkokuan is a small hut where the great priest, poet, and artist Sesshu once resided. After returning from China, he originally moved to Kyushu, but as he had formerly lived here in Yamaguchi, he eventually returned. He stayed here in his humble hermitage in order to continue painting. He is believed to have died in 1506 at the age of 87. A...

  • Hanchomon Gate

    The Hanchomon was built in 1863. When the ruling Mori Clan moved the capital from Hagi to Yamaguchi, they had to rebuild their domain headquarters. This is the gate of those headquarters. The building itself no longer exist, but the gate has survived. The gate is of course out in the open, so you can go anytime to see it and viewing is free.

  • Umenoya Onsen

    Umenoya Onsen is one of the onsen (hot springs) that make up Yuda Onsen. Although it is a hotel, they also accept day visitors to the onsen. It's nice and has both indoor and outdoor baths. I was able to enjoy the outdoor bath by myself, which was very relaxing. It's nice if you are interested in trying out various onsen however, i would not make...

  • Akama Shrine

    My honest-to-goodness reason for liking Akama Shrine? Because it was red. Not that red shrines were a rare sight in Japan but my journeys had brought me to visit many shrines decked in earthly colours prior to this. So, it was one of the first red shrines that I had seen and it made for such a nice change to visit something that was bold and...

  • Sky View at Kaikyo Yume Tower

    Kaikyo Yume Tower--a 10-min walk from JR Shimonoseki station--is the tallest building in its vicinity and hence, you can't miss it. Pay 600 yen (adult rate) to get to the 30th floor where you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of Kanmon Straits. Very clear signposting is available, so take your time to familiarise yourself with the orientation of...

  • Walk the Kanmon pedestrian crossing...

    The Kanmon pedestrian crossing tunnel was memorable as it helped me travel from Kyushu to Honshu without breaking a sweat and all within 15 mins to boot! Sounds too good to be true? Well, I entered the tunnel from Kitakyushu (which was in Kyushu) and exited in the city of Shimonoseki (which was in Honshu). The whole journey lasted 780 metres and...

  • Admire the architecture of Kintaikyo...

    Couchsurfing is a website where one offers his couch to backpackers, in hopes that others will open their doors (literally!) to him when he travels. Hence, I had the good fortune to couchsurf with a family at Yamaguchi city. The first thing my host father asked me was whether I had already visited Kintaikyo bridge, to which I regretfully shook my...

  • Marvel at the intricate nature of...

    I had read beforehand that Akiyoshido Cave is known as the largest limestone cave in East Asia but I realised that I had underestimated its scope and majesty as I stepped into the cave itself. It was so huge, so wide that I felt like I was entering an underground city instead. Although many visitors were touring the cave at the same time, it could...

  • Be awed by the view from Iwakuni Castle

    I currently live in Kumamoto City, where one of Japan's top three castles--Kumamoto Castle--is located. Hence, while I was intrigued by how Iwakuni Castle was the only castle that was built on top of a mountain, I quite arrograntly thought that it would not offer me anything spectacular. Boy, was I wrong.Immediately, after stepping off the ropeway,...

  • Yuda Onsen, is a hot spring in...

    Yuda Onsen located in Yamaguchi-city, is said that was discovered when a white fox was seen bathing its wounds here during Muromachi Period (approximately 800 years ago).There are about 50 accommodations such as modern hotels and old style Ryokan in total along the Route 204.You can take an Onsen without staying an accommodation.This simple...

  • If you are near the town of...

    If you are near the town of Hofu then this garden which I can't as yet remember the name of, is beautiful. It's relaxing has grass (flat and green!) and ponds and is big compared to most Japanese gardens. The other tourist places in Hofu are temples which I would say take it or leave it. If you have the time it is a nice place to explore. The city...

  • St. Xaviers Catholic Church in...

    St. Xaviers Catholic Church in Yamaguchi city.If you have an interest in or are religious then attend a mass at St. Xaviers. The inside is beautiful with white walls and bright coloured stain glass windows. The church is only a few years old. The mass was conducted mainly by singing and the voices of the regular congregation were beautiful to...

  • THese dinosaurs along with a...

    THese dinosaurs along with a view over all of Hagi can be seen if you take the ropeway up the side of the hill to a look out point. There are 2 onsens on the way up, one for men one for women or you can go straight to the top in a gondola full of people wearing bathrobes and just see the view and play with the dinosaurs.

  • Chomonkyou Gorge.

    The main picture above was taken in this gorge and to date (obviously after NZ of course!) it is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. There is a couple of hour walk through the gorge which leads you along the river. We came across this gorge on our way from Tsuwano in Shimane Ken down to Yamaguchi city along route 9.

  • Hagi's tokuji temple.

    The cemetary at the back of the temple is lovely. We went just before closing and the setting sun and moss covered, treed cemetery with hundreds of stone lanterns had such a peaceful atmosphere.


Yamaguchi Hotels

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  • Hotel Active Yamaguchi

    4-1 Ogorimiyukimachi, Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 754-0001, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Comfort Hotel Shin Yamaguchi

    1255-1 Ogori Shimogo, Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 754-0002, Japan

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel New Tanaka

    2-6-24 Yudaonsen, Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 753-0056, Japan

    Good for: Couples

Yamaguchi Restaurants

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    by sanukseeker Updated Jan 13, 2012

    Iwakuni sushi--a local specialty of Iwakuni--is not even available in the nearby Yamaguchi City, a mere 1.5 hour car ride away. Which is reason enough to give it a try. But just in case you need further persuasion, suffice it to say that its oh-so-Japanese composition of renkon (lotus root), eggs and chrysanthemum petals, sawara (Spanish mackerel) and aji (horse mackerel) in an unique presentation of a large rectangular block should give you the extra incentive to eat it for lunch.

    Honestly speaking, I don't particularly like renkon although the renkon salad was rather delicious. But given that my couchsurfing host mother bought renkon so that she could make renkon salad for her family that night, I will vouch for the authenticity of this dish (Japanese love it!) and heartily recommend that you give it a try^^

    An explanation of how it is made can be found here:

    Exquisitely crafted Iwakuni sushi

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Yamaguchi Transportation

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Yamaguchi Favorites

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    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Take the walk that takes you beside the river in Chomonkyou gorge.
    The fact that we passed only a few people and had a picnic beside the river and that it was a beutiful spring day all added to the gorgeous scenery.

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