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Yamaguchi Prefecture is located on the western edge of Honshu, just across the Kanmon Bridge from Kyushu. Formerly known as the Choshu Domain, it is the birthplace of Shoin Yoshida, and is home to many must-see spots for fans of the end of the Edo period. Shimonoseki is famous for its puffer fish, b...

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Recommended sightseeing spots in Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi Prefecture is located on the western edge of Honshu. Formerly known as the Choshu Domain, it is the birthplace of Shoin Yoshida, and has many spots that fans of the end of the Edo period will want to visit at least once. Shimonoseki is famous for its puffer fish, but you can also enjoy a rich selection of seafood at Karato Market.

In this article, we will introduce recommended tourist spots to visit in Yamaguchi Prefecture and recommended rental cars that can be rented in the area.

Kintai Bridge

Kintai Bridge is a five-arch wooden bridge spanning the Nishiki River in Iwakuni City. It is 193.3m long and 5.0m wide, and the main structure was built using timber construction techniques such as joints and connections.

You can enjoy the scenery of each season: cherry blossoms in spring, cormorant fishing and fireworks in summer, autumn leaves in fall, and covered in snow in winter.

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Tsunoshima Bridge

Construction began in 1993 and it was opened in 2000. It is one of the longest toll-free bridges in Japan, with a total length of 1,780 meters.

The scenery of the sparkling cobalt blue sea, Tsunoshima Island, and the bridge is perfectly balanced. This scenic spot has been featured in many movies and commercials.

You can get to Tsunoshima in no time by car, but we recommend enjoying a cycling trip or a walk while feeling the sea breeze.

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Motonosumi Shrine

Motonosumi Shrine was built in 1955 after a white fox appeared at the bedside of local fishing boss Hitoshi Okamura. The shrine is believed to bring good fortune, such as business prosperity, good catches, safety at sea, good relationships, children, good luck and protection from evil, prosperity and prosperity, road safety, and academic success, and is worshipped by local people.

If you're lucky, you can see the "Ryugu no Shiofuki" (the waters of the Dragon Palace), where seawater gushes high into the air, from the nearby rocks. It is said that if you can successfully place your offering in the offering box at the top of the large torii gate, which is about 6 meters high, your wish will come true.

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Matsushita Village School

This is a private school run by Yoshida Shoin during the late Edo period. It is also registered as a World Heritage Site.

Shoin accepted students regardless of status or class, and although he was there for just over a year, he nurtured many talented people who became the driving force behind the Meiji Restoration and played active roles in the new Meiji government.

Currently, Shokasonjuku is located within the grounds of Shoin Shrine and visitors are free to view only the exterior. Inside, portraits of Shoin, people who attended the school, and people who had connections with Shoin are on display.

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