YamaguchiYamaguchi prefecture, at the western tip of the island of Honshu, Japan. In the city, there is a beautiful Japanese town which flourished as "Kyoto in the West" during the Medieval Period.
There are many things in the city that suggest it was prosperous during medieval times.
By planeYamaguchi Ube Airport (UBJ) in Ube is the prefecure's largest airport.
You can take a bus from the airport to Shin-Yamaguchi station.
Yamaguchi Station(the main train station is located separately from Shin-Yamaguchi (新山口), a station on the San'yo Shinkansen route. Regular trains connect the two in 15-25 minutes.
Shin-Yamaguchi is a bullet train station stop for only a few Nozomi trains, most Hikari trains, and all of the Kodama all-station trains. By a combination of bullet train and local train, Yamaguchi is about 60-70 minutes from Hakata in Fukuoka (¥6230 via Nozomi/Mizuho), about 2 1/2 hours from Osaka (¥13150 via Nozomi/Mizuho) and about 5 hours from Tokyo (¥21560 via Nozomi). Japan Rail Pass holders must travel on the Sakura and Hikari services, which take slightly longer; a train change will be required if originating east of Osaka.
JR Yamaguchi Line goes through the city. The main tourist stops are at Yuda Onsen Station for Yuda Onsen and Yamaguchi Station. Joeiji Temple is closer to Miyano Station.
While most sites can be reached on foot, the walk may be longer than many tourists would like, so it is advised to take a bus or rent a bicycle. There is a rentacycle across the street from Yamaguchi Station.
Rurikōjiaddress: 7-1 KayamaThis temple's five-story pagoda, which was built around 1442, is something of a city symbol. Also noteworthy are the lovely temple grounds (called "Kōzan park") and the tombs of several medieval lords.
Ichinosaka RiverOver the clean and beautiful small river, many cherry blossoms can be seen in spring, and in summer you will find many fireflies glowing.
Sesshu's Garden at Jouei-ji templeaddress: 2001 MiyanoshitaDesigned by the famous Zen Buddhist monk and artist Sesshu (1420-1506).
address: 4-1 Kameyama-chōDedicated to St. Francis Xavier, who visited Japan as a missionary in 1549–51 and spent close to a year in Yamaguchi. The first floor is a museum in honor of "Sabieru", and mass is held on the second floor. An Italian architect designed the church's dazzling white interior and angular sea-blue windows. See also Christian sites in Japan.
Yamaguchi DaijinguThe shrine was built as a branch shrine of Ise Shrine in the Muromachi Period. Like Ise Shrine, it is rebuilt every 20 years. The shrine was especially popular during the Edo Period among people in the west who were not able to make the pilgrimage to Ise Shrine; they came here instead.
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and MediaThe Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) was established in November 2003 as a cultural-arts complex that accommodates a hall for stage performances, an exhibition space, a mini film theatre, and the Yamaguchi City Library. A platform for sharing computer- and IT-based media technology, YCAM hosts among others a variety of theatre and dance performances, art exhibitions, film screenings, sound-related events, workshops and lectures.
Tojun-jiphone: +81 83-922-1028address: 5-27 Mizunoue-choTojun-ji Temple is a historic temple near Kozan Park. The temple gate and Kannon-do Hall are registered Important Cultural Properties. It is also the 16th temple of the Chugoku 33 Kannon Temple Pilgrimage.
Lantern Star FestivalThe city center becomes decorated with red impressive lanterns.
phone: +81 83-923-6222address: 5-2 KameyamachōBakery
phone: +81 836-65-3567address: 7395-1 AjisuAn Italian restaurant.
phone: +81 83-973-3246address: Terminal Hotel 1FCocktails and creative takes on Japanese hors d'oeuvres. It's outside the north entrance of Shin-Yamaguchi Station.
Denki Brownphone: +81 83-920-4353address: Yudaonsen 4-1-8Discrete, sophisticated bar in heart of Yamaguchi. Serves gourmet bar food, cocktails and notable for extensive range of authentic single malts. Very pleasant atmosphere with a hint of smooth jazz.
phone: +81 83-974-2511address: 1255-1 Ogori-ShimogoWestern style rooms with free continental breakfast and Internet access. As the name suggests, it's about 40 meters from Shin-Yamaguchi Station.
phone: +81 83-922-0125address: 3-6-7 Yuda OnsenBeautifully sculpted hotel situated in a garden from the Edo period. Natural hot springs and seasonal cuisine are available.
phone: +81 836-65-2248