Where is Yamaguchi?
Yamaguchi Prefecture is located in the westernmost part of Honshu, and is surrounded on three sides by the sea. With the Chugoku mountain range running from East to West, Yamaguchi Prefecture can be broadly divided up into three regions: the Seto Inland Sea area, the inland mountain area, and the Japan Sea coast area. The population is approximately 1.41 million people (according to a year 2015 census), and the area is approximately 6,100 km2. The prefectural government capital is located in Yamaguchi City. Yamaguchi Prefecture boasts a mild climate and is largely spared from earthquake, flood and storm damage. It enjoys the reputation of being a very comfortable place to live.
Yamaguchi has approximately 1,500 km of coastline, including the calm Seto Inland Sea National Park dotted with many islands and the wild, rough coast of the Japan Sea at the Kita Nagato Kaigan National Park. There are around 240 islands scattered throughout the coastal and off-shore areas.
The green, mountainous plateau situated at the western edge of the Chugoku Mountain Range comprises the largest Karst plateau and limestone cave in Japan, which together make up the Akiyoshidai National Park. Our prefecture receives many visitors who come to see the changing seasons in the primeval forests and beautiful gorges that make up the Western Chugoku Mountain Range National Park.Iwakuni is in Yamaguchi and Marine Corps Air Station (Iwakuni base) is located in.
Iwakuni is a small city of population 150,000 in southeastern Yamaguchi Prefecture. Iwakuni is situated in the easternmost part of Yamaguchi, on the west coast of the Sea of Aki in the Seto Inland Sea. It is best known for its structurally unique Kintai-kyo Bridge. Beautiful around the year, the bridge is particularly attractive during the cherry blossom season, which usually takes place in early April. During the Edo Period, Iwakuni used to be one of the feudal domains of Japan. Former mountain-top castle of Iwakuni was reconstructed in the 1960s and counts to the city's other tourist attractions. Iwakuni is easily visited as a side trip from Hiroshima. A castle town facing the Sea of Aki to the east. Its Kintaikyo Bridge is known as one of the Japan's three great bridges. Iwakuni Castle was built by a warlord in the Kikkawa family early in the 17th century but was reconstructed in the middle of the 20th century. The castle houses a historical museum, and you can enjoy a panoramic view of Iwakuni from the observation deck on the top floor of the castle tower. Iwakuni is also known as the habitat of a rare species of white snakes, designated as a natural monument of Japan. You can see them in the White Snake Park, about a 5-minute walk from Kintai-kyo Bridge.
The weather here reminds me of San Francisco. It stays pretty cool and with a good amount of rain each month. Typhoon season is from June-Nov. Typhoons cause for a lot of wind and rain and the base will usually shut down. Everything here is built to typhoon standards, so when a warning is issued, everyone goes home.
What is there to do in Iwakuni Japan?
The ocean in Iwakuni is truly spectacular. If you have a love for the water, this might just be the place for you. Iwakuni is a tropical environment and the water is the most beautiful shade of blue. It is a huge hotspot for snorkeling and scuba diving. You can get certified for scuba diving once you are here!
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
Japan is a great place to get stationed if you are up for adventure. You can use it as a stepping stone to see Asia or Europe because the destinations are so much closer than the states.
This is a whole different lifestyle than the US. Everything is very laid back and low key here. Iwakuni is the most populated section which is approximately 115,000.
The Kintai-kyo Bridge has been Iwakuni's most distinguished landmark. It’s been a subject of admiration for hundreds of years. This bridge is completely made of wood, and the bridge makes five bold arches onto massive stone pillars as it crosses over the Nishiki River. Kintai Bridge is one of the main tourist attractions in Yamaguchi prefecture, and it is easy to understand why. This 210 meter long, five meter wide bridge is a wonder to see. After the bridge was completed in 1673, it kept standing until 1950, when Iwakuni was struck by a violent typhoon. Plans for the Kintai-kyo were first drawn up when strong currents had once again destroyed a bridge crossing the Nishiki River. A more durable bridge was commissioned by Kikkawa Hiroyoshi, the third feudal lord of Iwakuni, whose statue stands at the entrance to Kikko Park.
Recently, Kintai-kyo has undergone the first renovations since it was rebuilt. Completed in March 2004, the renovation works were extensive and cost over two billion yen. There is a toll fee to cross the bridge. Rare for a pedestrian bridge, visitors must pay a fee to walk across. Tourists gather for pictures along the bank, and on the inclines of the bridge attempting to photograph every angle.
Children run back and forth over the arches, and if you are young at heart, give it a try. The sensation reminds me of riding in the back of the school bus going too fast over bumps and experiencing the feeling of free-falling. When you've learnt the history and architecture behind the graceful, and fun, arches then respect and awe overcome the initial wonder. There are no nails or bolts in the bridge. The architecture involved was very advanced for the time, and is still used today.
Ukai – Cormorant Fishing
One of the most memorable sightseeing excursions in Iwakuni is taking a river boat cruise to view Ukai, or Cormorant Fishing, up close. Ukai is an ancient fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorant birds to catch fish by lantern lights. In Japan, there are only thirteen cities where you can see this ancient tradition, and Iwakuni is one of them.
Event Date and Time:
June, July, August. For safety reasons, Cormorant Fishing and river cruise only take place when the river is calm which is typically NOT until several days after heavy rainfall.
You can watch the fishermen (weather and water condition permitting) for free from the shores of the Nishiki River (錦川, Nishiki-gawa), from the Kintai Bridge (錦帯橋, Kintaikyo), or from the road bridge (Kinjo Bridge) that runs parallel to the Kintai Bridge. Look for tents and a large bonfire near the shore of the river.
You can’t ride in the fishing boat (that I know of) but you can observe up close as the fishermen circle around your boat throughout the performance, throwing fresh-caught fishes into the boat for you to see and touch. It doesn’t matter which side of the boat you sit on, as the fishermen will make their way around both sides several times.
Iwakuni Castle was completed by Kikkawa Hiroie, an influential daimyo of the region, built in 1608 at the beginning of the Edo Period. The site of the castle was chosen for its natural defensive advantages on top of Mount Shiroyama and half surrounded by a natural moat, the Nishiki River. The castle keep is four stories high, and looks out onto the city 200 meters below. Everything but the stone wall and moat was demolished seven years after its completion, however, following the law promulgated by the Edo shogunate which ruled Japan, which did not allow more than one castle per domain. The existing donjon was built in 1962 and it is a four-tiered, ferroconcrete structure. Samurai swords and other arms used in battle such as helmets and suits of armor are exhibited on the first to third floors. The fourth floor is an observation level. Probably a source of considerable frustration for those who built it, the original castle lasted only slightly longer than the time it took to construct it. Being built over the course of five years, the castle was torn down by decree of the shogun a mere seven years after its completion.
The present reconstruction dates from 1962, and has already outlasted the original castle by a considerable factor. It is a ferro-concrete construction, and inside displays samurai swords, armor and other items related to the castle's history. There are also displays on Kintai-kyo Bridge and other famous bridges across Japan. A ropeway provides access to Iwakuni Castle. The ropeway's lower station can be reached in a five minute walk from the Kintai-kyo Bridge, while the castle is another five minute walk from the ropeway's upper station.
If you’re already in the area visiting the bridge, or are looking for a quick local trip on a nice day the castle is worth a visit. The fastest and easiest way to the top is to take the ropeway for a small fee. For those looking for more of a challenge, there are several paths that wind their way up the mountain as well.
Go out the main gate and take a left at four corners onto 188.
After crossing the first bridge make a right hand turn onto 113 which turns into 15.
After approximately 3km take a slight right onto 112. Stay on 112 following the river for about 1.2km (the river should be breaking over a small set of falls and you see the first cross walk painted on the road way) and take a left.
Follow the road to the end and take a right – the parking lot for the ropeway will be straight ahead.
You can also park here for access to any of the trails or the path/road that leads to the top.
You can read about the hiking to Iwakuni Castle here.
Hours: 9:00 until 16:45 (Last admission is 16:30)
Closed: December 16th through the 31st for annual maintenance
Admission: ¥260 Castle Only / ¥540 Ropeway / ¥930 Castle, Ropeway and Bridge combination ticket
Method of Payment: Cash (yen)
Facilities: Restrooms available and there were a few vending machines for drinks.
Kikko Park and its various attractions are located a few steps from Kintai-kyo Bridge.
After crossing the Kintai-kyo Bridge, travellers are greeted by the statue of the man who initiated the bridge's construction, Kikkawa Hiroyoshi who is the third lord of Iwakuni. In the area behind the statue, there are a number of sites of interest centered on Kikko Park, a spacious park with walking paths, plants and fountains. During the Edo Period, the residences of the ruling Kikkawa family were located where Kikko Park stands now, and the retainers of the ruling family were located nearby. Because of this, the area is now blessed with former samurai residences and museums featuring historic artifacts.
What to see in the park
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
This museum focuses on articles of everyday life, but also features some scroll paintings and displays on Kintai-kyo Bridge.
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Wednesdays (following day if Wednesday is a national holiday)
Admission: 500 yen/p
This small museum displays the possessions of the Kikkawa family, which includes documents, swords, and weapons.
Iwakuni Art Museum
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from December to February)
Closed: Thursdays (following day if Thursday is a national holiday)
Admission: 800 yen/p
This museum's collection includes glassware, samurai armor, ceramics, and the furniture of Iwakuni's feudal lords.
Hours: 9:30 to 16:30
Closed: Mondays (following day if Monday is a national holiday)
This former residence belonged to the Mekata family, who were mid-level samurai. Visitors cannot actually enter the residence, but can walk around it and observe it from a few steps away.
This gate belongs to a former samurai residence of the Kagawa family. Because the residence is still used, only the gate can be viewed. The gate is believed to have been built in 1693, and has been well maintained.
Hours: 7:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Kikko Shrine is the family shrine of Iwakuni's powerful Kikkawa family. The shrine was constructed in 1884, and is situated above the living quarters of the family's former residence.
Momijidani park - he ruins of the Iwakuni feudal Lord Yoshikawa—is given this name as it is adjacent to another park whose colored leaves are beautiful. As it is next to the Yoshikawa Family Graveyard, it is scenic area that is also called “Nishi Kamakura”.
You can see the leaves colored in red like they’re burning. There used to be many temples standing in This park. It became as a park in Taisho period. Not only autumn leaves, but you can also enjoy fresh green in spring. The leaves start changing their colors about from the beginning of November and the best time to see is about the end of November. In the season of autumn leaves, the parking lot free of charge is always full. So we recommend you to walk from Momijidani park to Iwakura Castle. It’s about 30 minutes per way. It’s amazing to see the leaves changes from green to yellow, orange and then red!
Imazu White Snakes Museum -White Snake of Iwakuni-
There are places to view the White Snake of Iwakuni, as well. This snake grows to be 180 cm long and 15 cm in diameter. It is albino with red eyes and white scales, and is absolutely harmless. A man generously offered to let me hold one. Good luck for me because it is believed that these mysterious creatures are messengers from Benten, the goddess of wealth. They are considered a natural treasure by the Japanese Government. You can also see white snakes at Imazu Tenjinyama Shrine. These rare albino serpents are local to Iwakuni and can be viewed at a museum in Kikko Park across the ropeway station. The snakes are believed to bring good fortune.
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 200 yen/p
Tsunoshima Bridge - A bridge floating in the cobalt blue Sea of Japan -
Tsunoshima Bridge is a popular course for an ocean drive in Yamaguchi prefecture. Tsunoshima island is known for its proximity to the main island and the clear water surrounding it. The bridge is 1,780 meters in length. This bridge, spanning from the main island to Tsunoshima island is the second longest in Japan that connects the main island with an isolated island, and its perfectly straight length and curves after the bridge are popular with drivers.
There are parks on both sides of the bridge and they are perfect scenic photo spots. This scenery is beautifully interwoven with ocean, islands, and the bridge. For an amazing photo, be sure to stop by Amagase Park right before you cross the bridge. The viewing platform on the west side of the park offers romantic and you can have the view of the entire Tsunoshima Bridge. You will also find Amagase Park on the far side of the bridge. The view of Tsunoshima Bridge against the main island from this spot is exceptional. Be sure to visit these two parks when crossing the bridge.
With its white beaches and blue ocean, in Tsunoshima resort area you won’t believe you’re on the Sea of Japan! Once you reach the island, look for a beach spot to enjoy. One recommendation is the Shiokaze Cobalt Blue Beach. The soft white sand, gently rolling mountains in the background, and clear water draws many swimmers to this beach in summer. Close by is Shiokaze-no-Sato Tsunoshima where you’ll find local vegetables and seafood – the perfect place to search for souvenirs.
The Shokasonjuku Academy consists of a small one-story raftered and thatched house of 50㎡. It is divided into a lecture room of 13.2㎡, a waiting room of 16.5㎡ and a ground floor of 3.3㎡. Yoshida Shōin gave lectures here for one year. Students were accepted regardless of their social standing. They include Kusaka Genzui, Takasugi Shinsaku, Itō Hirobumi, Yamagata Aritomo, Yamada Akiyoshi and Shinagawa Yajirō, who later would to bring about the Meiji Restoration. This building has been listed on the National Register of Historical Sites.
Hagi Castle Town
During the early stage of the introduction of industrial technology, technologies were characteristically developed within local communities under the guidance of the feudal clans which governed each domain. Mōri Terumoto who lost in the battle of Sekigahara in 1600 constructed Hagi Castle, and Hagi Castle Town was also systematically constructed. The districts where samurai and merchants lived was strictly divided, and Hagi prospered as the center of politics, administration and economy of the Hagi Domain for the next 260 years.
Akioyoshidai is the plateau with the highest concentration of karst formations in Japan, and Akiyoshido is the nation's largest and longest limestone cave. The area which encompasses the plateau and the cave is a designated quasi national park. The vast lands of the Akiyoshidai Plateau are dotted with limestone pinnacles, presenting a landscape rarely seen in Japan. The plateau was a coral reef an estimated 300 million years ago, and the karst topography that we see today is the result of the gradual dissolution of limestone by rain through the years. In Akiyoshidai you can enjoy along the main road which winds through the highland or from a network of hiking trails that covers the plateau. Akiyoshidai is also known for its different seasonal appearances such as fresh green in spring and summer, reddish yellow in autumn and white from fallen snow in winter.
Under the Akiyoshidai Plateau, there are countless caves known as "limestone caverns" formed by erosion of the limestone and the largest is Akiyoshido Cave. This cave opens on the south foot of Akiyoshidai Plateau. The cave entrance reaches a height of 24 m and width of 8 m. Inside, the cave reaches 100 m in width at its broadest point and 80 m in height at its highest ceiling point. Its total length is said to be about 10 km. The ordinary sightseeing route, however, is about one kilometer long and includes 26 well-known sights, such as Koganebashira (Golden Pillar) and Hyakumaizara (Hundred Saucers). Through the year, the temperature inside the cave is a constant 17°C. And since the tour route is equipped with accommodations such as walking trails and elevators, the cave can be explored comfortably and enjoyably. You will surprised of Orient's best in both size and scenic beauty, it is a mystical world in which large naturally sculpted works of beauty appear one after the other. It was named Akiyoshido Cave by Emperor Hirohito, who explored its beauty during a visit in 1926. Then in 1952 it was designated a Special Natural Monument. The fluid coloring of the stalactites and the faint echoing of water enable the visitor to sense how the limestone caverns have steadily continued to change, drop by drop, over time.
The place of grassy plain opening in Plateau of 333m above sea level.
Islands appearing in The Sea of Japan, the sea and empty big Panorama opening endlessly develop it under eyes, and refreshing wind to cross the sea conveys the noise of the wave.
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The Country-like stylish Cafe has introspectiveness and can look around The Sea of Japan and the Oumi-jima Island from a window of the Cafe.
Shimonoseki City Aquarium Kaikyokan
You can encounter approximately 20,000 creatures of marine life of about 500 kinds here. Among various facilities here, particularly popular is the Penguin Village, one of Japan's largest facilities for exhibiting penguins. A must-see event is Penguins in Formation, where you can observe penguins swimming as if they were flying in the sky. Various other pleasant events are also held constantly, including hands-on experience events where you can touch creatures. This aquarium also features exhibits unique to Shimonoseki, including a tank representing the currents of the Kanmon Strait, and an exhibition of more than 100 kinds of puffer fish from around the world.
The 123 Torii gates stetches from the Motonosumi-inari Shrine to the cliff overlooking the ocean. Motonosumi-inari is very a popular shrine where locals wish for success and not only locals but also it has become popular the tourists. The final Torii's donation box is placed out of reach at the top of the gate. It's believed that if you can successfully toss money into the box, all your wishes will come true!
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Savor Shimonoseki's specialty marine products in sushi or a seafood rice bowl!
Shimonoseki City is famous for catches of sea bream and young yellowtail. The Karato Market, called the "kitchen of Kanmon," has adopted a unique sales system for a local wholesale market, with local fishermen directly selling the fish they have caught. The event called Ikiiki Bakangai, held on Friday and Saturday (10 a.m.–3 p.m.) and Sunday and national holidays (8 a.m.–3 p.m.), allows visitors to enjoy fresh seafood in open-air restaurants immediately.
Omijima in Nagato City faces Korea across the Sea of Japan (East Sea) on the northern coast of Honshu in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The island's scenic outcroppings on the north coast are called the "Sea Alps". The name is quite suitable as the sharp stone columns thrusting out of the ocean and sheer cliffs with ocean caves are indeed reminiscent of the real alps. It all makes for a dramatic backdrop for wildlife and fishing boats. The island can be toured by sightseeing boat or by car. Most of the best scenery faces out onto the ocean and can only be seen properly by boat. There is a large lagoon, campground and swimming beach on the island. The island is 14km² and 40km in circumference. As noted above, there is a bridge to the Omijima. A scenic road winds from the west where the bridge anchors across the island. A popular beach and a campground are both located on the eastern shore. To the west of the bridge is a fairly large lagoon. Omijima is in Nagato City on the north coast of Honshu in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The city is a fair distance from any large city but there are a number of ways to get there. The fastest, easiest and possibly cheapest way to explore this area of Japan is by car. Nagato City's JR Nagato-shi Station is on the coastal Sannin Line and is the northern terminus of the Mine Line. Travelers coming from Shimonoseki City (120 minutes) can use the Sannin Line and those arriving from the east on the south coast can transfer (Shinkansen and local) at JR Asa Station to the Mine Line (60 minutes). Buses to Nagato City also leave from Shimonoseki and take 140 minutes.
Hofu Tenmangu Shrine
Hofu Tenmangu Shrine is a shrine located in Yamaguchi Prefecture’s city of Hofu, dedicated to the god of academics, Sugawara no Michizane. Long ago, Sugawara no Michizane was journeying west toward Kyushu and upon arriving in Hofu came to love this region, and promised to return here as a spirit when he died. Thus when he died the very next year of 904, it is said that a shrine to him was built here, and this became the very first Tenmangu shrine, one of 3 in Japan.
There are said to be about 12,000 shrines dedicated to Michizane around Japan, but Hofu Tenmangu Shrine is said to be the oldest of these. This shrine, along with Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (in northern Kyoto) and Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, are referred to as the "big 3" shrines dedicated to Michizane.
Hofu is a town that flourished around this shrine, and there are many visitors to the shrine throughout the year, most notably around the first 3 days of the new year when almost 30 million people come here. Michizane is known as a god of academics and learning and thus you can buy writing brushes here, and amulets for good luck on exams. Michizane is said to have loved the plum blossoms here and thus in February there is a plum festival that is held. Also, the history museum on site contains a total collection of ~500 old texts, 9 of which are important cultural property of the country of Japan, and a further 8 of which are designated as important cultural property of the city and prefecture, and there is also a tea house on the premises which aims to transmit to posterity the connection between Michizane and the art of Japanese tea.
Beppu Benten Pond
Spring water "Beppu Benten Pond" that crystal clear blue of the water show the beauty of the wonders. This spring water with a high degree of transparency of 14 degrees Celsius water, July 1985 20 days from the Environment Agency, was selected as Japan best waters hundred election, it has also been used for irrigation and Yomasu. Are the hotel's Mine City Yomasu field fishing pond in, you can enjoy the rainbow trout fishing. In addition, here is also the precincts of Beppu Itsukushima Shrine, the old days, the rich man suffering from water shortages but was clearing the neighborhood, and Emotion the Benzaiten to dream revelation Street there is a legend that water began springing up, in every autumn this God grant of water rice gratitude, Buddha dance has been dedication.
Terraced rice fields are common in Japan’s mountainous countryside, where agriculture has been active for thousands of years. They are built in stair-like tiers along the slope of a mountain or a valley and are often called “Senmaida”, or thousand rice fields, because the field is divided into many small sections. Stones and mud are used to separate the sections and prevent the water from leaking out of them. Stone masonry barriers are used more often in Western Japan and mud and soil are used in Eastern Japan.
In order to grow as much rice as possible in a small area, Japanese people created terraced rice fields by carefully considering the sun exposure and waterways. Because of this, you see each paddy field shining as it reflects the setting sun in the Spring. Terraced rice fields are a beautiful scenery born of necessity and practical agriculture. The look of a terraced rice field changes with the seasons. In Spring, when the fields are filled with water, the glassy surface of the water reflects the sky and the surrounding scenery. Summer is a vibrant season when the rice fields and the surrounding mountains all turn green. Autumn is the harvest season when ripe golden ears of rice sway like waves in the Autumn wind. In Winter, terraced rice fields in snowy climates look completely different. Sea of Japan spreads in front of and just below the rice fieleds. At night you will enjoy the romantic lights on the surface of the ocean from squid fishing. Their contrast is just whimsical.
Rurikoji Temple and Five-Storied Pagoda line
This Five-Storied Pagoda, national treasure is the 10th oldest pagoda in Japan, and it is also counted as the 3rd most beautiful pagoda in Japan. It depicts the beauty of Ouchi culture with the Cherry Blossoms and Maple Trees Mountain in the background. In addition, few hours after sunset it is illuminated, so the nighttime is also a popular time to visit.
From JR Yamaguchi Line Yamaguchi Station: On foot About 30 minutes (by taxi about 10 minutes)
Factory night view Cruising Tour in Shunan
It is Tour appreciating fantastic Night view of the complex Factory group of Sun set sinking into the The Seto Inland Sea and the seaside part from the ship top.
You leave the Tokuyama gulf, and please enjoy non-daily Scenery including light and the flame from Chimney emitted from beautiful Islands, Ohashi, Shunan, complex of the The Seto Inland Sea.
※A Night view navigator rides.
※The Factory night view from Harumi hydrophile property park to be able to look around in Tour is authorized by Japan Night view Inheritance.
Kanmon Straits viewed from space, with Honshu at the top and Kyushu at the bottom.
The Kanmon Straits (関門海峡 Kanmon-kaikyō) or the Straits of Shimonoseki is the stretch of water separating two of Japan's four main islands. On the Honshu side of the water is Shimonoseki (下関, which contributed "Kan" (関) to the name of the strait) and on the Kyushu side is Kitakyushu, whose former city and present ward, Moji (門司), gave the strait its "mon" (門). The straits silt up at the rate of about 15 centimetres per annum, and dredging has made it possible to build the New Kitakyushu Airport at low cost.
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Location: The Takayama, Susa, Hagi-shi, Yamaguchi North Coast
(1) It is a 90-minute walk from JR Sanin Main Line Susa Station
(tourism boat 30 minutes)
(2) It is Taxi ten minutes from JR Sanin Main Line Susa Station
(3) 20 minute drive from Chugoku Expressway Mine-Higashi JCT
→ From Ogori-Hagi Road Edo IC Car 20 minutes (in Use Ogori-Hagi Road Connected to JCT to Hagi)
→ Hagi City Area → From National Route 191 Car 50 minutes (towards Masuda City Area to Run, Susa Region)
A beautiful white sand beach lined with evergreen trees. Situated near the ruins of Hagi Castle, with Mt.Shizukiyama to the left and several islands off the coast. The view of the sunset is stunning. In summer it is lively with people enjoying swimming and marine sports.
SL Yamaguchi-go Steam Train, an engine model C571 steam locomotive train which runs through the unspoiled countryside between JR Shin-Yamaguchi Sta.(Yamaguchi) and Tsuwano Sta. Its beautiful black solid iron body impress all the SL fans. Even if you are not a SL fan, your heart will beat fast when you see it coming as it giving off the steam smoke with the strong whistle. SL YamaguchiSL Yamaguchi, which is known as the nickname of “The Lady”, is a retro flavored five coach train, and each of them is designed differently. You can reach Shin-yamaguchi Sta. easily by bullet train and then change the line there and let the two hours of trip started. It is recommended to reserve the observation coach or open the windows to enjoy the lovely scenery, however, please be careful when it go through the tunnels, Hurry go back inside and close the windows, or you will find yourself sooty when it gets out. At the last stop, an old castle town of Tsuwano is waiting for you. Not only sightseeing spots, you can see another attractive part of this SL train trip. You can see the SL train turn its direction on the turntable at the Tsuwano Station to make a return trip to Shin-yamaguchi.
SL YamaguchiAbout Ticket
*SL Yamaguchi is a reserved -seat train. You need a railway ticket and also need to reserve your seat in advance (Rail Pass holders also need to pay the fee for the reserved seat ticket). You can purchase tickets or reserve your seats at ticket reservation office Midori-no Madoguchi at JR stations or major travel agencies . Tickets can be purchased from a month in advance. The fare and the vacant seat conditions are available on the official website (Japanese) or by phone.
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What to eat in Yamaguchi
Fugu is the Japanese word for pufferfish and the dish prepared from it, normally species of genus Takifugu, Lagocephalus, or Sphoeroides, or porcupinefish of the genus Diodon. Fugu can be lethally poisonous due to its tetrodotoxin; therefore, it must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts and to avoid contaminating the meat. The restaurant preparation of Fugu is strictly controlled by law in Japan and several other countries, and only chefs who have qualified after three or more years of rigorous training are allowed to prepare the fish. Domestic preparation occasionally leads to accidental death. Fugu is served as sashimi and chirinabe. Some consider the liver to be the tastiest part, but it is also the most poisonous, and serving this organ in restaurants was banned in Japan in 1984. Fugu has become one of the most celebrated and notorious dishes in Japanese cuisine.
Kawara (Pantile) Soba
Kawara Soba is local cuisine of Shimonoseki city of Yamaguchi. As you can imagine from the name, soba is heaped on Kawara. It is popular among the locals and hotesl in Kawadana Onsen area. The local super markets sell Kawara soba sets with soup. Some restaurant in Yamaguchi serve stakes on Kawara plate. Kawara Soba is served to you on a roof tile, paying homage to the fact that during a war in the 19th century, soldiers cooked meat and wild grass on Kawara tiles. Takase, the restaurant gets the tiles specially made for plating purposes. The noodles get their distinctive colour from its main ingredient, green tea. Following the founder’s original recipe, the noodles are fried, and topped with slices of Wagyu beef, seaweed, and grated Daikon, then served with Mentsuyu sauce. Dig in deep to get to the noodles closer to the tile’s surface and you’ll notice it gets quite “crispy”, with a deliciously smoky flavour.
Kenran Beef (Kenran gyu)
Kobe might still be the first place that comes to mind when people think about Wagyu, but it would be doing Hagi City a great injustice to overlook the fact that it also produces some fine quality beef. Midoriya Farm is a local beef producer, but they also run a restaurant and a small market selling Wagyu beef and other regional produce. The amazing marbling of the meat comes from a breed of cow known as Kenran-gyu; it’s a hybrid of the Mishima cow – which originates from the tiny island of the same name off the coast of Hagi – and the European Holstein. In fact, Wagyu is believed to have its origins in the Mishima, but as it is now a protected species in Japan, it is not common (not to mention expensive) to eat beef from a purebred Mishima. We were amazed at how melt-in-your-mouth tender the Kenran-gyu beef was, with just the barest of seasoning needed to bring out its full flavour. Order the five-cut set to sample the full range of the meat’s textures.
The noodles here will immediately remind you of Singapore’s “sang mee”. Crispy soba is fried with a thick sauce and topped with Kamaboko (fish cake), cabbage, spring onions, and bamboo shoots. They are very popular in local and there are the restaurants which sell up to 100 plates of Bari Soba every day. You can enjoy Bari soba with chilli powder and mustard as condiments. But the standard way to enjoy it is with some Ponzu sauce and chilli oil. You may also customise the done-ness of the noodles ? soft, still crispy or al dente.
Hanakkori Korokke (fried mashed potato)
There is a noticeable absence of street food in Hagi City, but should you craving a small, deep-fried bite, do stop by this small shop. Hanakkori was born in Yamaguchi prefecture and it’s mixed with Chinese vegetable called Saishin and broccoli. Hanakkori Korokke is made with Hanakkori. Its food texture is like soft broccoli. Hanakkori Korroke is very popular among men and women of all ages. You can enjoy Korokke to be wonderfully light and crisp, and enjoyed the slight sweetness of the potato. It was impossible to stop at just one!