Yanai Travel Guide

  • Yanai's Historic District
    Yanai's Historic District
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    Goldfish Lanterns at Night
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  • Goldfish Lanterns
    Goldfish Lanterns
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Yanai Things to Do

  • Kingyo Chochin Matsuri

    The Kingyo Chochin Matsuri is the biggest festival in town and one of Yamaguchi Prefectures top festivals. The Kingyo Chochin are the famous goldfish lanterns produced here. The festival is a celebration of those lanterns. It was started after a resident went to Aomori and saw the famous Nebuta Matsuri. He was impressed by the floats and enjoyed...

  • Yanai's Historic District

    Yanai's historic district developed as a merchant town during the Muromachi Period and became quite prosperous during the Edo Period for the ruling Iwakuni Clan. Most of the structures seen today were rebuilt after a fire in 1768 burned much of the town, so most of them date from the end of the 18th century through the 19th century.The main street,...

  • Sakawa Shoyuten

    The Sakawa Shoyuten is a famous shoyu (soy sauce) shop in Yanai. Production of shoyu in Yanai began over 200 years ago with the Iwakuni clan. It is said that they have preserved the traditional recipe, so that the shoyu they make here today has the same flavor and smell as in the past. Although the Sakawa Shoyuten is essentially a shop where you...

  • Kunimori House

    This house was built in the second half of the 18th century by the Kunimori family. They were a merchant family that sold oils. The house is now an Important Cultural Property. There are two floors, both of which you can roam around. The wooden shutters and sliding doors were specially designed to prevent fire from spreading should a fire occur....

  • Yanai Nishigura

    Yanai Nishigura is a fun place where visitors can make their own souvenirs. Although you can buy a Kingyo Chochin (goldfish lantern) in the town, here you have the option of making your own. Since the goldfish lanterns are famous in Yanai, this is quite popular. To make a lantern costs 900 yen. There are other things you can make, though, such as...

  • Shirakabe Gakuyukan

    The Shirakabe Gakuyuukan is full of old artifacts from Yanai's former businesses. It also has information about the town's history, although it is all in Japanese. Since it's free, it's nice to come in and look at the items even if you can't read the information. It's also located in one of the old buildings. For those who want to know more about...

  • Kunikida Doppo Residence

    This is the former residence of the Kunikida Doppo. Doppo was an influential novelist and poet during the Meiji Period. He moved here in 1892 and stayed for just two years. The residence is small but it's a nice short walk away from the historic street. It can be viewed anytime for free.

  • Machinami Fureaikan

    The Machinami Fureaikan (also known as the Yanai Machinami Museum) is housed in a European-style building constructed in 1907. It was a bank during that time. The first floor features a few exhibits about the town. On the second floor you can see some of the rooms and furnishings and an exhibit about Utako Matsushima, a famous singer from Yanai.The...

  • Shokoan Temple

    Shokoan Temple isn't known so much for the temple itself. The temple's fame comes from a well and willow found within the temple grounds. They're associated with the founding of the town. According to a legend, Princess Hannya from Oita (in Kyushu) was en route to Kyoto and stopped here to drink from the well. After she finished, she placed the...


Yanai Transportation

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    Getting to Yanai

    by Rabbityama Written Sep 24, 2013

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    Yanai Station is located along the JR Sanyo Line. By local train from the east, you can transfer at Iwakuni Station to reach Yanai.

    If you are traveling by Shinkansen, it is faster and more convenient to get off at Tokuyama Station to transfer to the Sanyo Line towards Iwakuni, regardless of whether you are coming from the east or west. Shin-Iwakuni Station is not directly attached to any local lines and the nearest station is not on the Sanyo Line (nor is it a JR station) so it will take more time if you get off there.

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