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Yamaguchi Prefecture

Yamaguchi Prefecture in Chugoku DistrictYamaguchi PrefectureYamaguchi Prefecture is positioned at the west end of Honshu Island.
And Kyushu Island is located to the southwest across the narrow Kanmon Straits.
The south coast faces Seto Inland Sea (Seto Naikai), and the north and west coasts face the Sea of Japan.

In the middle of the 19th century, Edo government which had had an isolationist policy for more than 200 years had been threatened by Western powerful countries.
In Hagi city, many young samurai learned about the newest situations of the Western advanced countries, and concerned the future of Japan.
And they took various actions, then they overthrew the feudal government in 1868, and Japan became a modern state.
Many of them held important positions in new Meiji Government, so Yamaguchi Prefecture has created the most prime ministers in all prefectures in Japan since that.

The prefectural capital is Yamaguchi city, and is located in the nearly center of the prefecture.
Hagi city is on the Sea of Japan side, and most of the cities are on the Seto Inland Sea side.

To visit Yamaguchi Prefecture, we can use Shinkansen or airplane.
Shinkansen ("Nozomi") comes to Shin-Yamaguchi within 2 hours from Shin-Osaka or within 4.5 hours from Tokyo.

Yamaguchi Ube Airport is located about 40 km southwest of Yamaguchi city.
It has the flights from Haneda (Tokyo).

Yamaguchi Prefecture official website




The climate in Yamaguchi city
Average value 1981-2010 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Highest Temperature (deg C) 9.2 10.4 13.9 19.7 24.2 27.2 30.7 32.1 28.3 23.1 17.3 11.9
Lowest Temperature (deg C) 0.2 0.9 3.5 8.3 13.3 18.3 22.7 23.5 19.4 12.5 6.8 2.2
Mean monthly rainfall (mm) 72 85 154 172 201 306 323 172 182 80 82 59

Tourist spots in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Yamaguchi Prefecture map

Iwakuni city /1/
Yamaguchi city /2/
Akiyoshidai karst tableland /3/
Hagi city /4/
Oumijima island /5/
Shimonoseki city /6/
Chofu town /7/

Scenic or Nature / Park or Garden / Resort / City, Town or Village / Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

Main events in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Burning the hills of AkiyoshidaiBurning the hills of Akiyoshidai (Third Saturday in February)

Akiyoshidai is the largest karst tableland in Japan, and the broad grassland spreads on it.
Before spring comes every year, this burning event is performed.
About a thousand residents around here set fire to this grassland at 9:30 a.m.
The fires burn down the dead grassland in winter in some hours.
Then, on the charred tableland, new grasses will grow in coming spring.

Yamaguchi Tanabata Lantern FestivalYamaguchi Tanabata Lantern Festival (August 6-7th)

It is the summer festival held in the central Yamaguchi city.
About 100 thousand red lanterns (Chochin) over the streets are lighted, and they create a fantastic sight.
It is said that this event has been held since the early 15th century.
In front of the city hall, a tall tree with many Chochin about 15 meters high is set up. It looks like a Christmas tree in summer.

Local foods and products in Yamaguchi Prefecture

Puffer fish in ShimonosekiPuffer fish in Shimonoseki

Puffer fish is called "fugu" in Japanese. But it is sometimes called "fuku" around western Japan.
Because "fuku" is also a word meaning "happy".
Puffer fish has deadly poison, but qualified cooks remove the parts with poison and we can eat it as excellent food fish.
About 80 percent of the puffer fishes caught around Japan come to Haedomari Market in Shomonoseki city.

Kawara-sobaKawara-soba

Kawara is Japanese roof tile, and Kawara-soba is the soba noodle served on a kawara instead of a dish.
We eat soba noodle that green tea powder is blended after being dipped in a sauce.
On the fried noodle, cooked sliced beef, chopped fried egg, nori (dried laver seaweed), sliced lemon are topped.
This dish was invented by Mr.Takase in 1961.
His restaurant is in Kawatana hot spring resort town located about 25 km north of central Shimonoseki city. Also the hotels and ryokans in Kawatana serve this dish.

Hagi WareHagi Ware

It is pottery which has created around Hagi city.
The first work was created by Korean brothers in 1604 on orders of the lord of Hagi Clan.
Their family lines had failed, but a Japanese artist became the successor in the late 17th century.
The glazed surface of Hagi ware has small cracks with mesh design. After we use it for a long time, the cracks make the pottery pleasant.


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