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Yamaguchi is on the westernmost tip of Honshu, and because of its proximity, historically it has been an important center of cultural exchange with the Korean Peninsula. The castle town of Hagi on the Sea of Japan dates back to the early 17th century, a must see for people who want to experience old Japan away from the heavy tourism centers. The town still features ancient paths and preserved storehouses with walls done in Namako style - square tiles joined with raised plaster. Hagi is also one of the 6 ancient pottery kilns of Japan, and Hagiyaki (pottery) is particularly famous for its crackled glaze that changes color over time. Yamaguchi City, the prefectural capital imitated Kyoto and called itself the "Kyoto of the West" in its early days. Every summer the Yamaguchi Gion Matsuri (festival) is held here, an event that is inspired by Kyoto's world famous Gion Festival.

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Iwakuni Castle

Iwakuni Castle, built in 1601 by Kikkawa Hiroie, was the residence of the Iwakuni clan at the beginning of the Edo era.Read more

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Hagi Old Town (preserved district)

Preserved old town, Former castle home of the Mori Clan with streets where the samurai, craftsmen and merchants lived and worked.Read more

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Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)

Opened in 2003, this multi-function media art and technology space holds exhibitions, public workshops, performances and film screenings. Commonly ...Read more

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Karato Market

This fish market sells a variety of fresh seafood. The fishermen are selling themselves and offer their products for affordable prices. Visitors ca...Read more

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Kintai Bridge

In 1673, the lord of the Iwakuni Domain, Hiroyoshi Kikkawa, built the first version of the Iwakuni Bridge in three months. When it was washed away,...Read more

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Iwakuni Shirohebi Museum

Located in Kikko Park, this museum is dedicated to Iwakuni's lucky animal, a white snake that brings good fortune. The museum exhibits include dior...Read more

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Akiyoshi Cave

The largest limestone cave in Japan, its entrance reaches a height of 24 meters and a width of 8 meters. The cave is under the Akiyoshidai Plateau....Read more

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