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Yamaguchi (prefecture)

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Yamaguchi (prefecture)
Location
Japan yamaguchi map small.png
Flag
Flag of Yamaguchi Prefecture.svg
Quick Facts
Capital Yamaguchi
Government Japanese Prefecture
Currency Japanese Yen (¥)
Area 6,110.94 km2
Population 1,445,702(2011 est)
Language Japanese(No official language)
Religion n/a
Electricity 100V/50 or 60Hz (U.S. plug, commonly 2-prong without ground)
Time Zone UTC +9(No DST)

Yamaguchi prefecture (山口県 Yamaguchi-ken) is in the western Chugoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu. It is the westernmost prefecture in the island.

Understand[edit]

Yamaguchi Prefecture has a relatively long history, as it is located close to China. There are no big cities, but there are many attractive and interesting smaller cities, where traditional Japanese rural landscapes can still be seen on the outskirts.

Cities[edit]

Map of Yamaguchi Pref.
  • Hagi - one of the most beautiful castle towns in Japan
  • Hofu - old city with a famous shrine which is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, kami of scholarship
  • Iwakuni - castle town with the beautiful bridge "Kintaikyo"
  • Mine
  • Sanyo-Onoda
  • Shimonoseki - historical city guarding the Straits of Kanmon, and the largest city in the prefecture
  • Ube - modern city with sculpture, park and airport
  • Yanai - city with culturally important Shirokabe No Machi

Other destinations[edit]

Talk[edit]

People speak Yamaguchi Dialect, which is very similar to the dialect that is spoken in Tokyo, but the vocabulary is somewhat different.

When you get in Yamaguchi prefecture, you may see the sign of "Oidemase(おいでませ)" - meaning "Yokoso" or "Welcome" in Yamaguchi Japanese.

In Iwakuni, there is an American base, so some people understand English well. But in other areas, especially in rural areas, few people understand English well. So learning some basic Japanese phrases will help you so much.

In Shimonoseki, there are many Koreans. You will find some signs and guides written in Korean. You might also find people who speak Korean if you try.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Yamaguchi Ube Airport(UBJ), the prefectural airport is in Ube city. Yamaguchi Ube Airport regularly connects to Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. Both JAL and ANA are offering the flights from Haneda to Ube. It's about 90 minutes' flight from Haneda to Ube.

By train[edit]

  • Shinkansen - there are five Shinkansen stations in this prefecture: Shin-Shimonoseki, Asa, Shin-Yamaguchi, Tokuyama and Shin-Iwakuni

By bus[edit]

By Ferry[edit]

Get around[edit]

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Fugu. Yamaguchi prefecture is famous for its Fugu (Globe fish).
  • Kawarasoba. This is a kind of soba (buckwheat noodle) boiled, stir-fried, and put on a tile together with beef, liver, shredded omelet (kinshi-tamago), spring onion and lemon. The famous restaurant of this soba is in Kawatana Grand Hotel.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bars are concentrated in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi and Shunan.

Get out[edit]

  • Kitakyushu on Kyushu island is just 650m from Shimonoseki. You can walk under the Kanmon strait through an undersea tunnel.
  • Miyajima is twenty minutes' ride on train from Iwakuni.



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