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YAMAGUCHI

Yamaguchi prefecture located at the western edge of Honshu and linked to Kyushu is surrounded by three bodies of water – the Sea of Japan, the Seto Inland Sea, and the Kanmon Straits, making it popular for its bountiful seafood. At the top of the list of superb seafood from the three oceans, you can taste blowfish in Shimonoseki, tilefish, pencil squid, and sea urchin.

Because Yamaguchi is also called the “Western Capital”, it has a long history, with shrines, Buddhist temples, and old townscapes. Take a walk back in time on the Kintai Bridge built in 1673, see the five-storied pagoda of the Rurikoji Temple, and the castle town of Hagi. Come enjoy a trip with fresh seafood where you can connect with history and nature.

    • Spring: 8℃ to 25℃
      Pencil squid, cherry blossoms of the five-storied pagoda at Rurikoji Temple, Ichinosaka River cherry blossoms
    • Summer: 20℃ to 32℃
      Sea urchin, summer oranges, driving on Tsunoshima Bridge, Kintai Bridge fireworks
    • Autumn: 10℃ to 23℃
      Monkfish, foliage in Momijidani Park
    • Winter: 1℃ to 10℃
      Blowfish, Akiyoshidai field burning, Karato Market
    • Iwakuni
      This area is at the southeastern part of Yamaguchi, near Hiroshima prefecture. It is known for the five continuous arches of the beautiful Kintai Bridge, and is easily accessible from Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport.
    • Akiyoshidai
      This area located in inner Yamaguchi is famous as a sprawling karst plateau. It is a perfect place to visit for dynamic views of nature.
    • Hagi
      Hagi faces the Sea of Japan, and has flourished as a castle town whose traditional scenery still remains today. Come enjoy the beautiful scenery looking out over the Sea of Japan as well.
    • Shimonoseki
      This port town is not only famous in Yamaguchi, but all over Japan. The city is a must-see if you want to taste some fresh seafood. The stylish atmosphere of the port town still remains in the Western-style brick buildings.
    • By car
      A highway runs through the center of Yamaguchi prefecture, making every area easy to access by car. Because some famous bridges can only be traversed by car, if you like driving, a rental car might also be the way to go.
    • By bus
      There is a convenient network of buses that connect each famous tourist spot in Yamaguchi. For example, in Shimonoseki you can take the Sanden Bus, and the Iwakuni Bus in Iwakuni. Be sure to stop by a tourist information booth to get a route map and make the most of the bus network.
    • By train
      Bullet trains run along the Seto Inland Sea, and the JR San’in Main Line runs along the Sea of Japan. The bullet train is convenient for making your way quickly between main stations. Be sure to remember that the San’yo Main Line is a local train.
    • By airplane
      There are two airports in Yamaguchi prefecture, one in the east and one in the west. In the east you will find Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, and in the west you’ll find Yamaguchi Ube Airport. Which airport you will use depends largely on your plan, so be sure to decide on a destination before picking your airport.
    • Yamaguchi Ube Airport is approximately a one and a half hour flight from Haneda Airport.
    • Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport is approximately a one and a half hour flight from Haneda Airport.
  • Blowfish
    Blowfish

    Shimonoseki

  • Kintai Bridge
    Kintai Bridge

    Iwakuni

  • Akiyoshidai and Akiyoshido Cavern
    Akiyoshidai and Akiyoshido Cavern

    Mine

  • Hagi-yaki Ware
    Hagi-yaki Ware

    Hagi

  • Karato Market
    Karato Market

    Shimonoseki

  • Tsunoshima Bridge
    Tsunoshima Bridge

    Shimonoseki

  • YCAM
    YCAM

    Yamaguchi City

  • Tile Soba
    Tile Soba

    Shimonoseki

  • Industrial Night Scenery
    Industrial Night Scenery

    Shunan City

  • Yamaguchi Ube Airport & Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport
    Yamaguchi Ube Airport & Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport

    Ube / Iwakuni