Recommended sightseeing spots

The gorgeous culture and nature to be familiar with people are distinctive of the Ouchi clan.
Please enjoy Yamaguchi. The place where people would like to visit again and again

Rurikoji Temple and Five-Storied Pagoda (National Treasures)



Rurikōji temple’s five-storied Pagoda is the 10th oldest pagoda in Japan, and also popularly considered as one of the “three most beautiful” in the country.. Rising proudly with a green mountain as a backdrop, and surrounded by cherry blossoms in spring and maple trees in autumn, not only Rurikōji’s pagoda is beautiful at daytime, but takes on a mystical atmosphere when illuminated as evening falls.

Access: About 5 min. by taxi / 30 min. by foot from Yamaguchi station (JR Yamaguchi line)

Address: 7-1 Kozan-cho, Yamaguchi city
Opening hours: Always open
Admission fee: Free
Admission fee: Archives museum: Adult 300 yen

National Treasures are designated from important cultural assets stipulated by Cultural Assets Preservation Act by the country. Those are also designated as the treasures of Japanese citizens.
Joeiji Temple Sesshu Garden (A historical site and scenic beauty)

JŌEIJI TEMPLE’S GARDENS (Historical site & site of scenic beauty)


he history of this remarkable Japanese garden dates back to about 500 years ago. Masahiro Ōuchi, the then feudal lord of Yamaguchi, asked the famous artist and zen monk Sesshū Tōyō to design the landscape around his leisure residence. With time, after the dwelling was rebuilt as a buddhist temple, the garden came to be known as “Sesshū-tei” (Sesshū’s garden). Surrounded by a mountain wood in three of its sides, the garden can be explored through a pathway.
On the opposing side, the visitors can also contemplate Joeiji’s “dry landscape” zen garden.

Access: About 16 min. by foot from Miyano Station (JR Yamaguchi line)

Address: 2001 Miyano-shimo Yamaguchi city Opening hours: 8:00 to 17:00 (until 16:30 from December to March)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.
Admission fee: 300 yen (adults) 200 yen (junior/high school students) 100 yen (elementary school students)

Government-designated digs at ruins are recognized as highly valuable in terms of history and academics by the country. Places that are designated as scenic beauty by the country are noted as scholarly and highly valuable. Both of them are under stipulated officially designated by Cultural Assets Preservation Act.
Ryufukuji Temple Main Building (Important Cultural Property)

RYUFUKUJI TEMPLE<Important Cultural Property of Japan>


Originally founded in 1206 as a temple of the Rinzai Buddhist school, it was re-established in 1454 as a Soto Buddhist temple but burnt down in 1551 during the war that devastated the city after the rebellion that led to the downfall of the Ouchi clan. Mori Takamoto had it once again rebuilt in its present location, adjacent to the ruins of the Ouchi residence, by order of emperor Go-Nara, with whom the late Yoshitaka kept a close friendship.
Designated as Important Cultural Property of Japan in 1954.

Access: About 20 min. by foot from Yamaguchi station (JR Yamaguchi line)

Address: 119 Odono-oji, Yamaguchi city
Opening hours: Archives museum: 9:00-17:00
Admission free: Free (archives museum: 200 yen (adults)

National important cultural properties are recognized as highly valuable in terms of history and academics by the country. The Cultural Assets Preservation Act designates this.
Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church



Yamaguchi’s catholic church was built in 1952 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Spanish missionary Francis Xavier’s arrival in Japan. Burnt down in 1991, it was rebuilt in 1998 thanks to citizen’s donations. Its contemporary structure resembles a large tent. The building houses a museum in its ground floor with displays related to Xavier’s life and the development of Christianity in Japan. As you leave the church, take the stairs that lead up to the hilltop Kameyama Park, for a panoramic view of the city.

Access: About 18 min. by foot from Yamaguchi station (JR Yamaguchi line)

Address: 4-1B Kameyama-cho, Yamaguchi city
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (Last entry is 17:00)
Admission Fee: 2nd Floor Memorial Church/ Contribution
Business Holiday: 2nd Floor Memorial Church/ None
Contact: St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church-Administrative office TEL: 083-920-1549

Yamaguchi City Saikotei



Originally a luxury restaurant frequented by politicians and intellectuals, this beautiful traditional style building, now converted into a museum, was named by Kaoru Inoue, one of the most prominent figures of the Meiji government. The walls on its main hall are lined with calligraphy art by Japanese politicians, including several prime ministers, that visitors can enjoy while drinking a cup of matcha tea and a Japanese sweet, before stepping outside to enjoy a view of the garden. Additionally, Saikotei offers a kimono rental and dressing service for visitors.

Access: About 30 min. by foot from Yamaguchi station (JR Yamaguchi line)

Address: 1-2-7 Tenge Yamaguchi city
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00.
Admission free for Museum: 100 yen (adults) 50 yen (elementary and junior high school students)
Business Holiday: Closed on Tuesdays (or following day if Tuesday is a holiday), New Year's Eve and New Year's Holidays (Dec.29th-Jan.3rd).

SL Yamaguchi



This nostalgic train, with cars beautifully furnished to recreate different eras of railway history in Japan, and pulled by a steam locomotive model C571, nicknamed “fair lady”, zooms through the idyllic countryside between Shin-Yamaguchi station, the gateway to Yamaguchi prefecture, and the delightful town of Tsuwano (Shimane Prefecture), in an exciting 2-hour journey.

Ride it from Shin-Yamaguchi, Yuda-Onsen or Yamaguchi stations. Reserve your seats in advance at the ticket reservation office Midori-no Madoguchi at JR stations or at major travel agencies. Route: Shin-Yamaguchi Station to Tsuwano Station (JR Yamaguchi Line) One round trip a day: [Outbound : Shin-Yamaguchi 10:48 ⇒ Yamaguchi 11:10 ⇒ Tsuwano 12:58 ] [Inbound : Tsuwano 15:45 ⇒ Yamaguchi 17:09 ⇒ Shin-Yamaguchi 17:30 ]

Operating period: Mainly weekends and national holidays between March and November
Contact: Customer Service Center TEL: 0570-00-2486

Chomonkyo 〈Scenic Beauty〉

CHOMONKYO GORGE (Site of scenic beauty)


One of the most representative landscapes of Yamaguchi prefecture, the Chomonkyo gorge is especially beautiful during the autumn months. Its forest trail is 5.5km in length and will lead you along Abugawa river past many picturesque spots from which to admire the colorful foliage and boulders of peculiar shapes, that resemble those of traditional Japanese paintings.

Access: 5-minute walk from Chomonkyo Station (JR Yamaguchi Line)

Places that are designated as a scenic beauty by the country are noted as scholarly and highly valuable. The Cultural Assets Preservation Act stipulates it officially.

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