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Details of Motonosumi Inari Shrine

Seaside entrance to the 123 red torii Donor plaques line the inside of the torii Explore the angles of the weaving gates The gates twist down to the sea Extend an offering to the sky; the donation box is at the top of this ga Rainbow cliffs meet the clear blue Sea of Japan Seaside […]

Exploring the Secrets of Nature

Jan 30th Mar 14th Hokkai Takashima was renowned for his landscape art (Photo: Aklakoi/CC By SA 4.0) Venue: Shimonoseki City Art Museum When: Jan 30th – Mar 14th 2021, 9:30am – 5:00pm A special event taking place at the Shimonoseki City Art Museum looks at the works of Yamaguchi-born Hokkai Takashima (1850 – 1931), a […]

Kintaikyo Fireworks Festival

Fireworks that look like a weeping willow tree Red skies, glowing reflections young maidens in traditional summer kimono watch the display ba-boom bursts inside of bursts are the most fun to watch lanterns on the road & fireworks overhead We all “heart” fireworks Venue: Kintai Bridge When: Early Aug 2021 One of Japan's most traditional […]

Goldfish Lanterns in Yanai

Goldfish lanterns line the streets in the Shirakabe no Machi. Masae-san outside her shop With Masae-san, outside her shop. Unfinished lanterns hang inside Masae-san's shop The first step to making a goldfish lantern – sticking on the eyes! My attempt at painting the tail One warm morning in April, from Iwakuni station I boarded a train […]

Hagi Has It All

Hagi Has It All View from Togei no Mura Park Hotori Tei Garden Hagi Meiringakusha Visitor Centre Lanterns at Tokoji Kikugahama Beach Go on a journey through the streets of Hagi, Yamaguchi, where clear ocean waters, lush mountains, history, and charm will welcome you with open arms. Rent a bike for a few hundred yen […]

Hagi: the Perfect Place for a 2-Day Date

The small city of Hagi is perhaps Yamaguchi Prefecture’s most beautiful secret. The ocean meets the mountains and culture meets modernity. This is an integral center of Japan’s own industrial revolution but one with cultural history, a beautiful beach, and enough charm to provide a couple of escapists with a few days away from the […]

Kaikyo Yume Tower

The tower is dominant on the Shimonoseki skyline, and hard to capture in one photo! You have to chuckle at the warning on the binoculars The observation floor gives some lovely views over the city and surrounding areas The tower is dominant on the Shimonoseki skyline, and hard to capture in one photo! (Photo: Kim […]

Kintaikyo Festival

Locals seem to enjoy taking part in the parade! The beautiful Kintai-kyo Bridge An array of costumes and elborate moves on display Late Apr Locals seem to enjoy taking part in the parade! (Photo: GetHiroshima) Venue: Kintai Bridge When: Late Apr 2022 Every year on April 29 (a National Holiday commemorating the birthday of the […]

Kintai Bridge in Yamaguchi

Kintai Bridge is a five-span arch bridge. Kintai Bridge was built at the most beautiful river bend, with beautiful scenery all around; mountains, streams and trees large and small. Kintai Bridge is a pedestrian bridge so we can stroll, lounge or just enjoy watching the river and boats. If someone asked me, what is the […]

Lacquer Painting in Yamaguchi City

The instructor is showing the students how the chopstick looks after it is finished Ouchi dolls Sunflowers are painted on the side of this doll to reflect the summer seaon Beautifully lacquered tea leaf container Mr. Junji Tomita, Ouchi-nuri Craftsman Ready to get started with the lacquer paint The instructor is showing the students how […]

Motonosumi Inari Shrine

Motonosumi Inari Shrine Looking out over the ocean Motonosumi Inari Shrine In northern Yamaguchi's Nagato City, Motonosumi Inari Shrine (元ノ隅稲成神社) and its 123 red torii gates have been attracting swathes of Instagrammers looking for that perfect addition to their feeds. This unique shrine provides a memorable ocean view with its winding red tunnel of torii […]

Connect at Motonosumi Inari Shrine

123 torii connect you to this natural hotspot Inside the twisting tunnel of torii The classic large gate with the passage weaving up the green mountainside A diver harvests uni (sea urchin) along the coast Red torii connects with the blue sky; white clouds create the scene anew with each passing moment Look beyond the […]

Scholarly Shoin Jinja in Hagi

Shoka Sonjuku, the tiny school where many future heroes studied—now a national historic landmark The torii, or gate, entering the grounds A memorial of Yoshida Shoin's death poem that reads, "'Parental love exceeds one’s love for his parents. How will they take the tidings of today?" Inside Shoka Sonjuku with pictures of a few of […]

Shimonoseki: Kanmon Straits

The statues of Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro in their famous duel The Kanmonkyo Bridge which connects Yamaguchi and Fukuoka. The Kanmon Tunnel is the first undersea railway tunnel in the world Speed boat bound for Ganryu-jima. It only takes a few minutes from the port of Shimonoseki The pleasure boat cruising the Kanmon Straits […]

Tide / Shimonoseki

Nov 28th Jan 24th The event flyer Venue: Shimonseki City Art Museum When: Nov 28th – Jan 24th 2021, 9:30am – 5:00pm A special exhibition taking place at the Shimonoseki City Art Museum is titled “Tide / Shimonoseki”, and it explores works from artists through different genres and generations who have been influenced by this […]

My Visit to Kintai Bridge

A brand new plum blossom  Kintai bridge One of the many beautiful views into an older Japan The park next to Kintai bridge is full of beautiful fountains.  There are an abundance of trees around Kintai bridge, and except for the middle of winter, they will have some type of bloom or beautiful leaf to enjoy. […]

William Morris Exhibition

Nov 6th Dec 20th The official event flyer (Photo: Kim B) Venue: Shunan City Museum of Art and History When: Nov 6th – Dec 20th 2020, 9:30am – 5:00pm William Morris (1834 – 1896) was a British textile designer who was associated with the British Arts and Crafts movement. He's often seen as one of […]

Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art

The large windows look out to the surrounding nature The on-site cafe Landscape by Sesshu Toyo The Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art is located in Yamaguchi City, and has been operating since 1979. A visit here is a great way to connect with the prefecture in a deeper way, since the majority of the works […]

Yamaguchi’s Yuda Onsen & Rurikoji

Rurikoji Temple is at its most beautiful in autumn This giant fox welcomes visitors to Yuda Onsen Enjoy one of the many free onsen footbaths around town Rurikoji is famous for having one of Japan’s ‘Top 3’ pagodas The temple’s main hall is also quite lovely A museum in Yuda Onsen that is dedicated to […]


Painting depicting the duel between Musashi and Kojiro (Photo: PPF) Anybody who has studied the martial arts, or who has any interest in Japan will know the name of Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest swordsman in samurai history. In the calm waters of the Kanmon Straights, just off the coast of Shimonoseki, is a small boat […]

Hagi Komachi

The modern ryokan of Hagi Komachi sits along the edge of the sea, halfway between the city of Hagi and Kasayama, the mountain north of the city that is home to the area's famed camellia grove. If you want to be close to the “action” of the city, this may not be the best place […]

Hotel Resort Mihagi

Hagi has no shortage of hotels but if you feel like pampering yourself a bit, look no further than the Hotel Resort Mihagi, a stone's throw from both the Kikugahama area and the historic castle district. You'll notice the beach as soon as you enter the hotel, as it can be seen from the large […]

Kintaikyo Cherry Blossoms

Every year from the end of March through the beginning of April, this very popular tourist site becomes even more popular. The Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni is a very famous place to see the cherry blossoms, and every year people flock from all over Japan to see the trees full of blossoms that line the […]

Luxury Resorts and Hot Spring Experiences in Setouchi

Japanese style hotels and ryokans are the ultimate luxury, high end accommodation. These uniquely Japan locations are attractive for their distinct Japanese style in areas such as tatami flooring, outdoor baths and yukata provided for each guest. Tourists may initially be a bit hesitant to try new things such as public bath houses, but with […]

Sam’s Irish Pub & Hotori Tei Café

Street entrance to Sam’s Although finding seeds of Western culture in remote locations around the world isn't necessarily a pleasant discovery, Irish pubs are an exception—especially when they are done right. I feel a sense of deep appreciation for this phenomenon whenever I find one in unexpected surroundings. Perhaps it’s related to W. B. Yeats’s […]

SL Yamaguchi-go Steam Train

Thrill to the sight of a steam locomotive Do you like trains? No, it doesn't matter. You don't need to like trains to have your heart skip a beat when a real, working steam locomotive chug-a-chugs up to the platform like something out of a fairy tale. And then you get to ride it. Objectively […]

The Road to Hagi Yaki

The city of Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture is so important to the world of Japanese pottery that it has its very own style. Hagi ware, or Hagi yaki, is a style molded with particular aesthetics in mind. Hagi yaki favors the subtle and subdued over bright and flashy. Traditionally, throughout Japan, styles of pottery that […]