It’s Full of Scenic Spots! Top 5 Tourist Destinations in Yamaguchi
Located at the westernmost point in Honshu, Yamaguchi is actually a treasure trove of sightseeing spots with glorious views. Below are five recommended spots with superb views in Yamaguchi. There’s no doubt that you will find many spots worthy of uploading on social media!
Akiyoshidai is Japan's largest karst plateau that has been designated as a national special natural monument. There are cone-shaped natural depressions everywhere and limestone pillars scattered all over this plateau that create a mysterious landscape. Many caves can be found under the plateau. Of these caves, Akiyoshido, which is also registered as a national special natural monument, boasts the largest size among caves in the East. It measures approximately 10km in length, 200m in maximum width and 80m in maximum height. On the sightseeing route covering about 1km inside the cave, you can enjoy mysterious views of the countless stone pillars and stalagmites that were formed over approximately 300 million years ago.
Admission fee for Akiyoshido: Adult/High School Student: 1,200 JPY, Junior High School Student: 950 JPY, Elementary School Student: 600 JPY
Omijima is an island on the side of Sea of Japan at Nagato City, measuring about 32 km in circuit and occupying an area of 14.6 sq km. Housing the majestic natural landscape called “Alps of the Sea”, it has been designated as a national natural monument. It is popular for its unique attractions that can only be found on this island, including cliffs that were formed by rough waves, as well as stone pillars, tunnels and reefs. Sightseeing while aboard a sightseeing pleasure boat (fares from 1,200 JPY for adults) is especially recommended as you can go around the unusual stones, cliffs and other attractions. And when the water is calm, you can even explore the tunnels. The number and time of sailing of the boats vary depending on the season, so you need to check in advance.
A shrine overlooking the Sea of Japan in Nagato City, Motonosumi Inari Shrine is famous for its series of 123 torii (shrine gate) that spread up to the cliff along the coast. The contrast created by the blue sea, green trees and red torii gates is truly a superb sight, even landing this shrine in CNN’s 31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan. There is an offertory box at the top of the tall torii gate inside the shrine grounds, and they say that your wish will be granted if you manage to throw your monetary offering into that box. The Ryugu no Shiofuki (Ryugu Wave Splash) that is right next to the shrine is also a must-see. You will get to see the seawater flowing into the rocks under the cliff and then get splashed up to 30 meters high.
A bridge connecting Tsunoshima, which is located off the coast of Shimonoseki, with Honshu island. Measuring 1,780m in length, it is the longest bridge in Japan that links a remote island to the mainland free of charge. With its famous view that crosses the emerald green sea, this bridge has been ranked as the top bridge in TripAdvisor’s list of bridges in Japan based on reviews in 2015. This bridge is also often chosen as location for TV commercials and drama shows. But what is particularly recommended here is the view from Amagase Park that is located on Tsunoshima. You can capture a panoramic view of the bridge against the gradated sea.
Located in Iwakuni City, Kintaikyo bridge is a national site of scenic beauty that is listed as one the three greatest bridges in Japan. It is comprised of five wooden bridges, and the three at the center make up an arch bridge. If you come here, you have to see the back of the bridge. Countless timbers are assembled in a row using traditional techniques, creating a beautiful geometric pattern. The night-time illumination for a limited time is also recommended. You will surely be fascinated by the magical sight of the golden lights.
Bridge ticket (round trip): Adult: 300 JPY, Elementary School Student: 150 JPY
Illumination display for 2018: Mid-March to late May
Aside from the above, there are many other scenic spots in Yamaguchi that would make you want to upload your snaps on social media. Enjoy exploring this area of Japan.
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