10 Free Things to do in Yamaguchi Prefecture That You Shouldn't Miss

May 12, 2022 Ying Subia

Discover the best top things to do in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan including Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, Beppu Bentenike, Tsunoshima Ohashi, Kozan Park, Myojin Pond, Hofu tenman-gu, Tsunoshima Island, Hagi Castle Town, Shoka Village School, Kanmon Bridge.

1. Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda

7-1 Kozan-cho, Yamaguchi 753-0081 Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 83-922-2409 http://yamaguchi-city.jp/details/aa_ruri_tou.html
Excellent
56%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 456 reviews

Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda

Reviewed By BZimm08 - Iwakuni, Japan

I live not far from Yamaguchi and have visited the Pagoda and Temple for the first time. The Pagoda is considered one of Japan's great Pagoda's. The layout is beautiful with the pond in front and hills in the background. You can really get some amazing photos here. I want to come back during each season to see the Pagoda and surrounding nature. Walk around the park and temple to get other views of the pagoda. If in Yamaguchi Prefecture, make the Ruriko Five Story Pagoda a must see!

2. Beppu Bentenike

Mizukami Shuhocho Beppu, Mine 754-0603 Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 837-64-0203 http://karusuto.com/spot/beppubentenike/
Excellent
44%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Beppu Bentenike

3. Tsunoshima Ohashi

Hohokucho Kanda, Shimonoseki 759-5331 Yamaguchi Prefecture https://www.into-you.jp/en/places/5069/
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 849 reviews

Tsunoshima Ohashi

Reviewed By BZimm08 - Iwakuni, Japan

If you see postcards or magazines of Yamaguchi, more then likely the Tsunoshima bridge will pop up. This bridge is absolutely incredible and the whole island is gorgeous. There is a large parking lot at the base of the bridge for photos and viewing the Sea. Mid way through the bridge is a small pull off area. The bridge is absolutely gorgeous with the turquoise waters. The island hosts many attractions including a lighthouse, shrines, beaches, and hiking. This place does get crowded during peak tourist seasons, so come prepared. If you are in Yamaguchi, this bridge and island are well worth a visit!

4. Kozan Park

7-1 Kozancho, Yamaguchi 753-0081 Yamaguchi Prefecture http://yamaguchi-city.jp/details/aa_kozan.html
Excellent
42%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Kozan Park

Reviewed By BZimm08 - Iwakuni, Japan

Kozan Park is absolutely beautiful! I came here mainly to see the Pagoda, unaware of all the other gems in this park. First, the Pagoda is beautiful! The backdrop of the mountains and pond in front makes for great photos. The Temple here is just as gorgeous. After visiting the temple and pagoda, I recommend walking toward the cemetery to view the tomb and then walk down toward the old houses that are open for viewing. After my wife and I visited all the sites here, we sat on a bench and just enjoyed the beauty of the park. I hope to get back here during the fall, I expect it is quite lovely.

5. Myojin Pond

Chinto, Hagi 758-0011 Yamaguchi Prefecture
Excellent
41%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Myojin Pond

6. Hofu tenman-gu

14-1 Matsuzaki-cho, Hofu 747-0029 Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 835-23-7700 http://www.hofutenmangu.or.jp/index.html
Excellent
29%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 160 reviews

Hofu tenman-gu

Reviewed By kimitakas - Taichung, Taiwan

Hofu Tenmangu is one of three major Tenmangu in Japan, beside Kyoto and Dazaifu. It is a highlight of Hofu sightseeing and absolutely worth visiting. The long passage to the shrine has a quaint atmosphere. The steps are a little bit hard to climb, but from the level of the main building, you can enjoy a nice view of the city. The surrounding area is also very pleasant like a park.

7. Tsunoshima Island

Hohokucho Kanda ~ Tsunoshima, Shimonoseki 750-0000 Yamaguchi Prefecture
Excellent
38%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 214 reviews

Tsunoshima Island

8. Hagi Castle Town

Gofukumachi, Minamifuruhagimachi, Hagi 758-0001 Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 838-25-3139 http://www.hagishi.com/course/jyokamachi.html
Excellent
37%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 299 reviews

Hagi Castle Town

Reviewed By SeeMoreLiveMore - Singapore, Singapore

The reason why I travelled to Yamaguchi Prefecture was so that I could visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. And it was definitely worth it! The buildings and monuments within the old castle town is beautiful and well worth a walk along the old streets while taking in the history of it all.

9. Shoka Village School

1573 Chinto, Hagi 758-0011 Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 838-22-4643 http://bunka.nii.ac.jp/heritages/detail/217409
Excellent
33%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 335 reviews

Shoka Village School

10. Kanmon Bridge

Mimosumogawacho, Shimonoseki 751-0813 Yamaguchi Prefecture http://www.oidemase.or.jp/tourism-information/spots/10472
Excellent
28%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 294 reviews

Kanmon Bridge

Reviewed By tadJapan - Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

下関側から見た関門橋。唐戸市場のあたりから撮影した。以下は、かつて英文で書いた紹介だが、修正して引用したい。Covid-19が収束したら、海外からも戻ってきてほしい。 The Bridge is at the narrowest spot in the Kanmon Straits between Shimonoseki, Honshu and Moji, Kyushu, where there were two historical battles. The first one was fought between Genji-clan and Heike-clan in 1185. Emperor Antoku passed away here in the Strait and Genji started the Samurai period in Kamakura. The second one may be called Shimonoseki Campaign (Shimonoseki War), when Choshu-clan( in Yamaguchi Prefecture) was defeated by the fleet made of the 4 countries- the British Empire, USA, France and the Netherlands in 1864. Shinsaku Takasugi who was a kind of representative of the Choshu side started to topple down the Samurai system. The first place of the movement started in Kozanji temple(national treasure temple) in Chofu, Shimonoseki, a few months later after the defeat in 1864. The armies led by Shinsaku Takasugi defeated the Samurais which were more than 10 times in size and scale. This became the substantial start to establish the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

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