Yamaguchi prefecture is in the western Chugoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu. It is the westernmost prefecture in the main island of Japan.
Yamaguchi Prefecture has relatively long history as it is located close to China. There are no big cities, however there many attractive and interesting smaller cities, where traditional Japanese rural landscapes can still be seen on the outskirts.
Official Website : Yamaguchi Prefecture Travel Information
Map of Yamaguchi Pref.
- Yamaguchi - the prefectural capital
- Hagi - one of the most beautiful castle towns in Japan
- Hofu - old city with a famous shrine which is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, kami of scholarship
- Iwakuni - castle town with the beautiful bridge "Kintaikyo"
- Shimonoseki - historical city guarding the Straits of Kanmon, and the largest city in the prefecture
- Ube - modern city with sculpture, park and airport
- Yanai - city with culturally important Shirokabe No Machi
Akiyoshidai is the largest karst plateau surrounded by 500~600m tall mountains.
The plateau is about 200m above sea level; it is mainly consist of ancient limestone. The erosion of rainwater over time created many limestone caves at the bottom of the plateau.
Official Website : Akiyoshidai Plateau
Akiyoshi Do Cave
The limestone cave located at the base Akiyoshidai mountain is said to be one of the biggest in the East.
The size of the cave entrance is 24m high and 8m wide. The most spacious part inside the cave is 200m in width and 40m in height. The highest part can go up to 80m. Apparently the path goes as far as 10km, but the regular tourist route only goes as deep as 1km. The temperature is 17°C throughout the year, making it very pleasant for walking inside.
Normal open hours
●Akiyoshido admission fee
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Hagi Castle Town
Hagi Jokamachi (catsle town) is designated as a national historic site, where the streets are laid out in a grid pattern, the samurai and merchant’s residence are located together.
There are alleys named “Kikuyayokomachi”, “Iseyayokomachi” and “Edoyayokomachi”, where many historical sites can still be seen such as the house of Hagi-han’s patron Kikuya, the home of Shinsaku Takasugi and Takayoshi Kido who were the loyalists in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate to Meiji Period, and house parts (mortar, gate, earthen wall)
This uniquely designed bridge is located in Iwakuni City. The design of the park encompasses the beauty of nature and craftsmanship, including the architectural essence from Meiji and Taisho-era.
The 5 arch wooden bridge over Nishikigawa is 193.3m long and 5m wide. It is skillfully constructed by crossing wooden planks.
The national treasure “Rurikouji Temple, Five-Storied Pagoda” has become the symbol of Yamaguchi-shi, also known as the masterpiece of Ouchi culture. The tower is 31.2m tall and constructed in 1442, it is among the ones in Houryu-ji Nara and Daigo-ji Kyoto as the three fine pagoda of Japan.
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Shimonoseki / Hagi Puffer Fish
Puffer Fish is the famous speciality of Yamaguchi Prefecture. The season is fished between February to April, it is pure organic. Mafugu has a distinct amber color and strong flavor. The majority of the local fishermen favor the taste Mafugu than Torafugu (Tiger puffer). If Torafugu is titled as the “king puffer”, the Mafugu would then be the “queen puffer”.