6月 26, 2019
10 Most Popular Must Visit Attractions of Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi prefecture is located at the most western area of the Honshu Island. Being surrounded by the seas: the Sea of Japan, the Seto Inland Sea, and Hibiki Nada, it has a lot of natural amazing attractions with amazing views. Also, it has been developed as a historically important hub for marine traffic and many historical sites are remained. Now you must be curious about what they are like. Here are the 10 Most Popular Must Visit Attractions of Yamaguchi.
As mentioned above, Yamaguchi is surrounded by the seas. Therefore, beautiful ocean views can be seen from many places in this prefecture. Especially, the view of “Tsunoshima Ōhashi” is breathtaking. This place has been used as a location for a TV commercial. It connects the mainland with a remote island and its length is 1780m (about 1.1 miles). Tsunoshima Ōhashi is said to be Japan’s one of the longest fee-free bridge roads.
On a sunny day, a fantastic view of emerald green sea with an enormous blue sky can be seen. Rent a car and enjoy the incredible view passing through the bridge. This is the definite best place you should visit once when you travel to Yamaguchi.
Name: Tsunoshima Ōhashi (Bridge)
Address: Tsunoshima and Kanda, Hōhoku-cho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi
Access: 15-minute drive by bus from Sanin Main Line, Kottoi Station
Map: map to Tsunoshima Ōhashi (Bridge)
Motono Inari Jinja
At “Motono Inari Jinja”, beautiful and mystic view can be seen. In Showa 30 (1955), this shrine was disenshrined from Taikodani Inari Shrine in Tsuwano-cho, Shimane prefecture by an omen of Byakko (spiritual white fox). The highlight of this shrine is an array of 123 Torii gates on a rocky hill with the beautiful sea view behind.
The contrast of the red Torii gates and the blue sea seen between the gates is overwhelming. The various Goriyaku (deity’s help) of this shrine including: Business Success, Large Haul, Maritime Safety, Better Fortune, Blesses Pregnancy, Traffic Safety, Good Match, Wealth and Happiness, Academic Achievement, and Wish Fulfillment. Its offertory box is set at a high position and it is really difficult to put coins in there, but it is said that your wish would come true if you made it. Great place to enjoy a wonderful view and pray for your wish.
Name: Motono Inari Jinja (Shrine)
Address: 498, Yuyatsuō, Nagato City, Yamaguchi
Access: About 20-minute drive from Nagato Furuichi Station
Map: map to Motono Inari Jinja (Shrine)
“Oumi Jima” is an island floating on the beautiful emerald green see. It is an iconic attraction located inside the Kitanagato Kaigan Quasi-National Park. The highlight of this island is its strangely shaped rocks of natural made cave tunnels and cliffs. We can say that the rocks standing here and there are artworks created by nature.
There is a pathway so that people can enjoy the view walking at their pace. If you are not in rush, “Oumi Jima Kankō Kisen [Tour Steamship]” is highly recommended. You can see the excellent view from a ship on the sea. It is an 80-minute cruising, and the dynamic appearance of the rocks will overwhelm you. Enjoy the beauty of natural mystic art.
Name: Oumi Jima (Island connected by sandbank )
Address: Senzaki, Nagato City, Yamaguchi
Access: 10-minute drive from Senzaki Station
Map: map to Oumi Jima (Island connected by sandbank )
Chitei Ōkoku Mikawa Mu Valley
One of the highlights of sightseeing would be enjoying views as they are. However, it would be more fun when you travel with family or friends if there are some elements of entertainment. “Chitei Ōkoku Mikawa Mu Valley” is a theme park created by taking advantage of a former colliery. Visitors are assigned to solve mysteries of the Underground Kingdom in the tunnel maze.
The difficulty levels include: Easy, Medium, and Difficult, so that everybody from kids to adults can enjoy. Since the contents change according to the season and have been evolved, repeaters can enjoy this place multiple times. Solving mysteries itself is really fun, but the atmosphere of the cave is like an RPG. If you want to experience an adventure, visit this place of Yamaguchi. It is a really fun attraction.
Name: Chitei Ōkoku Mikawa Mu Valley
Address: 1564-1, Nekasa, Mikawa-machi, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi
Close: Wednesdays (Open on national holidays, during spring and summer break)Also Tuesdays during December to February
Access: 7-minute drive from Nekasa Station
Map: map to Chitei Ōkoku Mikawa Mu Valley
Being surrounded by a rich natural environment, Yamaguchi has lots of beautiful natural picturesque places. “Akiyoshi-dō” is especially famous among them. It is a 8.9km (about 5 miles) limestone cave and the depth of its underground is 100m (about 300 feet).
The temperature of inside the cave is about 17℃ (about 62℉) all through the year, and there are many beautiful sculpture-like rocks made by nature. It has an easy pathway to walk slowly, and also a bit harder adventurous course (with fees) would be fun too. The paths are slippery, so you would definitely need proper shoes like sneakers. Enjoy an eternal-like time at a mystic place created by nature in Yamaguchi.
Name: Akiyoshi-dō (Limestone Cave)
Address: Akiyoshidai, Akiyoshi, Shūhō-cho, Mine City, Yamaguchi
Access: 17 minutes drive from Ofuku Station
Map: map to Akiyoshi-dō (Limestone Cave)
Hibiki Nada / Atsushima Tenbō Kōen
Among many places with beautiful sea views, “Hibiki Nada [open sea] / Atsuhima Tenbō Kōen [observatory park]” also has one of the greatest views of Yamaguchi. As its name implies, a beautiful blue horizon view of Hibiki Nada and Atsushima can be seen from the observatory. Atsuhima is a group of four islands that includes: Onjima, Menjima, Ryūgūjima, and Ishijima located at offshore of the open sea.
It would be a good idea to relax and space out looking at the beautiful ocean view when you are tired after touring around. This is a perfect place you should add to your drive tour plan. Don’t go home without seeing the view of this place.
Name: Hibiki Nada / Atsushima Tenbō Kōen (Open Sea / Observatory Park)
Address: Ōaza Yoshinaga, Toyoura-cho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi
Access: 6-minute drive from Kwatana Onsen Station
Map: map to Hibiki Nada / Atsushima Tenbō Kōen (Open Sea / Observatory Park)
Beppu Benten Ike
What do you say when you are asked what color water is? The answer would normally be colorless. However, the color of the spring water of “Beppu Benten Ike [pond]” is beautiful cobalt blue. This pond is situated in the site of Beppu Itsukushima Jinja [shrine], and the beautiful water that keeps gushing out is ultimately sterile.It is designated as Japan’s one of the Best 100 Water, and free to drink. The fish swimming in the blue water might look as if they were flying in the sky.
This place has a legend that says the water started gushing when one old man suffering from water shortage enshrined a deity called Benzaiten after receiving a revelation in his dream. The miraculously beautiful water might make us believe the story and makes us feel at peace.
Name: Beppu Benten Ike
Address: Mizukami, Beppu, Shūhō-cho, Mine City, Yamaguchi
Access: 7-minute drive from Ofuku Station
Map: map to Beppu Benten Ike
Kanmon Tunnel Jindō
At the edge of the most western prefecture of the Honshu Island, Yamaguchi, there is a strait called “Kanmon Kaikyō” that reaches from the Honshu Island to the Kyūshū Island.
The distance is about 760m (about 0.47miles). Just take a walk and you can easily reach to the Moji Port, Kyushu. It would be fun to enjoy one day trip at both Yamaguchi and Kyushu by walking through the Kanmon Tunnel.
Name: Kanmon Tunnel Jindoō (Tunnel Pathway)
Address: Mimosusogawa-cho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi
Map: map to Kanmon Tunnel Jindoō (Tunnel Pathway)
Many people would want to see Japanese castles when they travel to Japan for sightseeing. The famous one is Himeji Castle or Ōsaka Castle, but in Yamguchi, there is a beautiful castle called “Iwakuni Jo [castle]”.
Inside the tower, Japanese swords and armors are displayed, which should definitely be interesting to see. The town view of Iwakuni seen from the Castle Tower is great. You might want to imagine the feeling of the lord in old times.
Name: Iwakuni Jo (Castle)
Address: 3, Yokoyama, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi
Entrance Fee:260 JPY for Adults (Junior High School Students and Older)120 JPY for Elementary School Students
Access: 9-minute drive from Nishi Iwakuni Station
Map: map to Iwakuni Jo (Castle)
It is fun to enjoy a beautiful view of city lights when you are sightseeing. Looking at a brilliant city lights view from somewhere on a hill would be perfect, but how about watching a unique view of factory lights, “Kōjō Yakei”? Shūnan Konbināto is an industrial complex formed after the coal fuel base of former Japanese Marine was set in Meiji era. It is becoming popular as a night light attraction to enjoy a beautiful view of factory lights. You cannot get in those factories but can take a cruising boat to enjoy the mystic view from the sea.
The view with unique lights from the factories has an SF-like atmosphere and is unspeakably romantic. Taking the cruise tour with someone you care about to enjoy the view would be wonderful.
Name: Shūnan Konbināto
Map: map to Shūnan Konbināto
Tour Around Beautiful View Attractions in Yamaguchi!
How was this article about the 10 Most Popular Must Visit Attractions of Yamaguchi? Because of its location, Yamaguchi has many attractions created by nature. Once you get there, the magnificent natural views would make you feel great for sure. Now, Yamaguchi must be in your must-travel list.