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Sakura Spots March - April

■Kintaikyo Bridge | Iwakuni City
The five fabulous arches of Kintaikyo Bridge, known to be the symbol of castle town Iwakuni for nearly 300 years, has been built without a single nail and is referred to as one of the Three Amazing Bridges of Japan. 3,000 cherry trees are planted around the bridge and the magnificent blossoms are lit up at night.

■Hagi Castle Ruins | Hagi City
Hagi is a city which still retains the castle-town atmosphere from the old days. Hagi Castle founded by the Mori Family has only the base now, and the site has turned into Shizuki Park. The cherry trees here have been called Sembon-zakura (a thousand cherry) from long ago, and a mixture of old and younfg cherry trees mostly Someiyoshino blossom at once boasting off their beauty.

Foliage Spots November - December

■Momijidani Park and Kintaikyo Bridge | Iwakuni City
Momijidani Park is named after its beautiful autumn leaves (=momiji) and is connected to the neighboring park Kikko Koen which is also a pleasant place to visit. Kikko Koen was built in remembrance of the Kikkawa Family which was the Feudal Lord of Iwakuni Domain during Edo Period, and although the buildings are not there anymore the site of their residence alongside their cemetery (Kikkawa-Bosho) are preserved within the park. Both parks are famous for the scenic beauty known as “Kamakura of the West” (Kamakura is a historical site in Kanagawa Prefecture). The changing of the leave’s colors start in mid November in the parks, but the best time to view the leaves along the waterfront in the Kintaikyo Bridge area is in December. The view of the magnificent bridge built without a single nail, the water and the leaves can be enjoyed from various angles, all freely showing gracious beauty.
Prefectural Guide


The Kyoto-style townscape and remnants of the city which once flourished as “Kyoto of the West” can still be found here and there in present day Yamaguchi City.
Highlights of city sightseeing include Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church and a number of temples and shrines. The water of Ichinosakagawa River is crystal clear and the area is famous as the habitat of Genji fireflies which are the most beautiful in early summer.

Akiyoshidai, the largest karst plateau in Japan stretches out in the outskirts of the city, and 100 meters underneath the plateau spreads out Akiyoshido, the biggest limestone cavern in Eastern Asia.

In the historical city of Shimonoseki, you can get a grand view from Kaikyo Yume-Tower, a drive or a walk through Hinoyama Koen, enjoy a boat ride on Kanmon Channel Line and look around Karato Market. The nearby castletown Chofu still retains the old atmosphere with Chofu Teien Garden and mansion of Chofu Mori family.
When visiting Shimonoseki, be sure not to miss the fresh seafood unique to Japanese dishes such as sea urchin and whale, but more than anything else the famous fugu (blowfish) dishes which are said to be the best in Japan.



The city can be divided into three sections – the castle town, Horiuchi and Hagi Castle ruins – and you can take a nice and easy walk in all of them. On the foot of Mount Shizukiyama, many old samurai residences, merchant houses and the ruins of the castle still show the historical traces of the former castle town.
Hagiyaki, a kind of pottery is famous in this area, and at Hagi Kaikan which is directly managed by the pottery Hagijogama, you can experience Hagiyaki and take home your own handmade Hagiyaki as a souvenir.
Various outdoor activities and hot springs may be enjoyed in the nature surrounded Asahi and Susa area.


You can take pleasure in a range of seasonal activities such as cherry blossoms, ayu (sweetfish) fishing, cormorant fishing, fireworks, autumn leaves and snow scenery in Iwakuni.
Because the sightseeing spots are concentrated around Kintaikyo Bridge, one of the Three Major Bridges of Japan, a walk around the bridge is recommended.
The Nishikigawa Seiryu Line takes you to a pleasant trip to the fresh green of summer and colored leaves in autumn. The scenery the mountains and rivers create is splendid, and there are many outdoor activities/ spots that you can enjoy in this vicinity.

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