Discover the best top things to do in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan including Akiyoshido, Kintaikyo Bridge, Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, Beppu Bentenike, Tsunoshima Ohashi, Tsunoshima Island, Kanmon Bridge, Suo-Oshima, Kikko Park, Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory.
4.5 based on 546 reviews
Akiyoshidō cave , a special national treasure, is one of the largest limestone caves in the country. It is filled with geographically precious objects such as gigantic stalagmites, rimstones like terraced rice fields, and many others. The cave started forming a million years ago and you will be fascinated with the visible history of the earth. Enjoy it thoroughly by viewing and photographing. You will walk through the cave comfortably as the temperature stays 17 ℃ throughout a year. You can go directly up to the Akiyoshidai Plateau from the elevator located in the middle of the cave.
this is a place where tourists from outside Japan pay much less entrance fee (700 Yen instead of 1200). Cool! The cave is very big and there area lot of different things to see. Our teenagers were fascinated. Amazing cave. Worth the visit. The interesting spots are illuminated, but it it still kind of dark in there. Wear good shoes, it is slippery. Parking is a bit away from cave entrance (you have to pass the usual shop mile). Takes over an hour for whole visit.
4.5 based on 1,175 reviews
The combination of the historic Kintaikyo bridge, Iwakuni Castle and the scenic surroundings make this a wonderful and easy half day trip from Hakata. The combination ticket consisting of crossing the bridge, ropeway to/from Iwakuni Castle and the castle admission ticket is well worth the cost. It was difficult to find the bus timetables online so I have included some photos for easy reference. Plan your journey carefully and you can even get on the Hello Kitty shinkansen from Shin-Iwakuni, which was what we managed to do. Also, make sure to have exact change for the bus tickets or at most 1000yen notes to change using the coin machine in the bus.
4.5 based on 456 reviews
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!
4.5 based on 849 reviews
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!
4.0 based on 294 reviews
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.
4.0 based on 74 reviews
I biked around the whole island from Iwakuni about 100 miles and enjoyed every minute of my trip to Oshima. There is a road that circles the entire island, I prefer the southern side. There are gorgeous views of the ocean and small fishing villages worth exploring. I noticed a lot of restaurants and cafes don't open until at least 11 am, so plan for that. I rode around the last day of November and the temperatures were on the cooler side mainly because of the winds. Right when you cross the bridge onto the island there is a mountain with an observatory deck that is worth it for the views. There are nice beaches along the island and a few museums, I will have to visit next time. Oshima is also famous for their oranges, so if you get a chance to try them, well worth it! What a fantastic island!
4.0 based on 175 reviews
This is a jewel of a park. Because it is not heavily touristed, you can take your time marveling at the exquisite reds, oranges, and yellow autumn leaves. It's a wonderful park for taking an early morning walk as well as a late afternoon walk. There are many historical museums and buildings to visit and two ice cream shops to compare.
4.0 based on 305 reviews
Definitely go there if you are nearby, but I wouldn't go out of my way just to see this. This area has special Karst formations dotting the land, and it's unsual in Japanese standards.
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