Yamaguchi 山口

Yamaguchi City

Yamaguchi Prefecture is the westernmost prefecture on Honshu Island It is part of the Chugoku Region. Prefectural capital is Yamaguchi City with a populatin of about 198,900 people. Yamaguchi played a leading role in overthrowing the shogunate and bringing Japan's feudal era to an end.

Things to see in Yamaguchi

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Yamaguchi.

  1. Kintai-kyo Bridge

    Kintai-kyo Bridge in Yamaguchi Prefecture

    The Kintai-kyo Bridge has been Iwakuni's most distinguished landmark and a subject of admiration for hundreds of years. Completely made of wood, the bridge makes five bold arches onto massive stone pillars as it crosses over the Nishiki River. 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.

    Kintai-kyo Bridge in Yamaguchi Prefecture

    How to get there

    Buses travel from both Iwakuni Station and Shin-Iwakuni Station to Kintai-kyo bus stop. The trip takes 20 minutes and depart every 5-15 minutes from Iwakuni Station, or 15 minutes with 1-2 buses per hour from the Shin-Iwakuni Station.

  2. Hagi

    preserved house in Hagi City

    Hagi is a former castle town off the major transport ways along the tranquil Sea of Japan coast in Yamaguchi Prefecture. It used to be the capital of the Mori Clan, one of the most powerful clans during the feudal age. Mori lords governed present Yamaguchi (then known as Choshu) for more than 250 years and played a central role in bringing about the Meiji Restoration in the second half of the 19th century.

    old castle town in Hagi City Yamaguchi Prefecture

    Hagi is best known for its nicely preserved former castle town and its local Hagiyaki Pottery which ranks among Japan's finest. The town has been fortunate to have avoided major disasters since the Edo Period (1603-1867), thereby maintaining an appearance generally in accordance to town plans from centuries ago. Several beautiful old samurai and merchant residences survive and are open to public.

    How to get there

    JR Bus operates buses every 1-2 hours between Yamaguchi Station and Hagi Station. The one way trip takes 60-80 minutes and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass.