What to do and see in Yamaguchi, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

September 26, 2017 Augustus Redeker

Discover the best top things to do in Yamaguchi, Japan including Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, Kozan Park, Rurikoji Temple, Chuya Nakahara Memorial Museum, Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church, Chomonkyo Gorge, Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden, Saikotei, Michi-no-Eki Kirraajisu, Kitsune no Ashiato.
Restaurants in Yamaguchi

1. Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda

7-1 Kozan-cho, Yamaguchi 753-0081, Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 83-922-2409
Excellent
55%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 343 reviews

Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda

Reviewed By Asperger_Singapore - Singapore, Singapore

I went there on a chilly wintry night. It was almost void of people. And the lit-up pagoda is simply gorgeous. Definitely worth a visit in the night. (Not sure about the day view as I was not there in the day.)

2. Kozan Park

7-1 Kozancho, Yamaguchi 753-0081, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Excellent
41%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Kozan Park

Reviewed By ふぁーーふぁ - Atsugi, Japan

The pagoda is simply elegant and beautiful in the park. It's one of the most histrical buiding in Yamaguchi prefecture. Admission free. I stayed in Hotel Active! close to Shin-Yamaguchi station(Shinkansen exit), and can go there from the bus stop of Shin-Yamaguchi station(North exit) to Kencho-mae (in front of Prefectural Office Building). About 40 minutes ride (Not so frequent bus services,maybe). 10 minutes walk from the bus stop to the park. On the way there is a temple Toshun-ji, which is also histrical one. But be careful when there is a white dog. It's really dangerous..Actually I was attacked by it even if I just watched it..so surprised!

3. Rurikoji Temple

Kozancho | InsIde Kayama Park, Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 6-6697-5106
Excellent
38%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Rurikoji Temple

Reviewed By karendormie - Quezon City, Philippines

We came here last autumn and came back for "hanami" or Cherry Blossom viewing. We loved our visit because you could really appreciate the beauty of the pagoda and sakura without the people obstructing the view. The children could also wander around but be careful of cars going in and out of the temple. All the volunteers are friendly and very helpful too!
This pagoda has an excellent view in any season!

4. Chuya Nakahara Memorial Museum

1-11-21 Yuda-Onsen, Yamaguchi 753-0056, Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 83-932-6430
Excellent
30%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Chuya Nakahara Memorial Museum

Reviewed By TAKAKO.M - 新潟

中原中也のことをあまり知らなくてもまあまあ楽しめると思います。でも展示物の情報量がそう多くないので、ディープな彼のファンには少し物足りないかも知れません。直筆原稿を見ることが出来る点は貴重です。

5. Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church

4-1 Kameyamacho, Yamaguchi 753-0089, Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 83-920-1549
Excellent
12%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 94 reviews

Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church

6. Chomonkyo Gorge

Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Excellent
32%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Chomonkyo Gorge

Reviewed By Swapnil B - Bengaluru, India

If you are in Yamaguchi area and have some time to spare, Chomonkyo Gorge can be a good option to explore if weather is good.
The only public transport access I could find was single coach local train (JR) service leaving from Yamaguchi city towards Masuda with a frequency of 90 min. The ride from Yamaguchi to Chomonkyo station is only 35 min.
From station, which itself is a single room set up, there are clear signage in english also, to guide you towards the gorge. The start of the gorge is about 500-600 meter from the station.
The trail is easy and you find people of all ages on the trail, though did not come across any non Japanese indicating that its not very high on tourist attraction list.
The place is very beautiful, at least in November, which was start of fall. There is a beautiful suspension bridge few kilometer down the trail, but we could not reach due to time limitation.
There is practically no commercial development in the area, except around the station and Tea shop cum restaurant about 2-2.5 km from the start.
The trail surely had some beautiful and picturesque spots and is highly recommended if you have about half day to spare.

7. Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden

2001-1 Miyanoshita, Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 83-922-2272
Excellent
17%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 68 reviews

Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden

Reviewed By 仁保太郎 - 山口市, 山口県

29th Ouchi-Lord ( ca.500 years ago) asked to Sesshu for garden of mountain rock with water, where you can see different three views of the garden among stones, pond and water-fall surrounded the Forests. There are special room for the memorial stay by the Japanese Meiji Emperor.

8. Saikotei

1-2-7 Tenge, Yamaguchi 753-0091, Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 83-934-3312
Excellent
49%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Saikotei

Reviewed By shinobu - Hiroshima

In 1877, the cook of the king opened the shop.
The shop is called "saika-tei".
1877 is a milestone year for Japan to slide into modernization.
Many politicians have a visit to this shop.
It is a very famous politician.
It is possible to see the letter written by them in the premises.
This restaurant is not open now.
However, you can tour the interior.
Wonderful garden.
In very cheap entrance fee, you can see the great Japanese architecture.

9. Michi-no-Eki Kirraajisu

509-98 Ajisu, Yamaguchi 754-1277, Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 836-66-1001
Excellent
25%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Michi-no-Eki Kirraajisu

Reviewed By 介筠蔡

I participated in the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Kirraajisu, Yamaguchi, Japan with my scout companions last summer. We visited some famous attractions in Osaka and Kyoto before the Jamboree and there were scouts from all over the world everywhere just like us. I had already made a friend from Mexico in Kyoto before the Jamboree!
We arrived in the campsite on July 29th. The whole campsite was really big that included 18 areas. During the twelve-day Jamboree, we had lots of interesting activities and there were four unforgettable things that I want to share with you. The first one was that we put on our national flags as cloaks to join the party. With the flag on our back, we caught everyone's eyes and it looked really cool! The next one was visiting the Atomic Bomb Museum in Hiroshima. I am happy to see the real building which only appeared in the book before. We had a Atomic Bomb 70th anniversary ceremony and it was solemn. I learned that war is cruel and we should cherish that we live in peaceful place. On Culture Day, every corp prepared the special food, clothes, games and so on to welcome others to learn more about their country. I prepared "Mi Tae (Hokkien)", in Chinese is "麵茶" to share with scouts from other countries and they all thought that is was unique and tasty. Besides Culture Day, we had dinner with the German corp one night. The macaroni salad and the curry they prepared were really delicious. They asked me to teach them how to open the paper-boxed juice, I was surprised that they fight against the paper-boxed juice and milk with the for almost 12 days!
The WSJ was a great experience in my life. I swapped lots of things and made some international friends. I learned how to corporate with others and to be brave. It's a pity that I was a little bit too shy to communicate with others. Time will not repeat, I wish that I can have more abilities to face the future.

10. Kitsune no Ashiato

2-1-3 Yudaonsen, Yamaguchi 753-0056, Yamaguchi Prefecture +81 83-921-8818
Excellent
26%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Kitsune no Ashiato

Reviewed By tomod0ra - Yamaguchi, Japan

We visited “Kitune no ashiato” in Yuda. Kitune no ashiato is footbath. It is called Ashiyu in Japanese. Once upon a time, it is said that a white fox found this hot spring area.
If we paid 200yen, we could take a footbath. There are 3 kinds of footbath. One of 3 is a open air bath. The temperature of the open air bath is a little hot. We may be unable to keep our feet in the open air footbath a long time. We can order some drinks or alcohol, too. Local sake is listed on the menu. Adults can enjoy local sake of Yamaguchi.
Footbaths make us very warm and calm.

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