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Yamaguchi (prefecture)

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Yamaguchi (prefecture)
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Quick Facts
Capital Yamaguchi
Government Japanese Prefecture
Currency Japanese Yen (¥)
Area 6,110.94 km2
Population 1,331,811 (2021 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 Chūgoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu. It is the westernmost prefecture in the island.


Yamaguchi Prefecture has a relatively long history, as it is located close to Korea. 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.


Map of Yamaguchi Pref.
  • Yamaguchi City - The prefectural capital.
  • 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 - City in the middle of the prefecture, with Japan's finest limestone cave.
  • Sanyo-Onoda - Industrial town of coal and cement, yet filled with cherry blossoms and hot springs.
  • Nagato - Sea of Japan coastal city with some beautiful rugged scenery.
  • 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 or preserved old district.

Other destinations[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 a 90-minute 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, as well as the regular Sanyo Main Line.

There are several rail passes that can make touring Yamaguchi more convenient and economical. In addition to the JR Rail Pass used nationwide, there are several JR West Passes that can used as well, depending on where you are starting from, such as the JR Sanyo-Sanin Area Pass, JR Okayama Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass, JR Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass, JR Setouchi Area Pass, and JR Sanyo Sanin Northern Kyushu Pass.

By bus[edit]

Highway buses easily connect Yamaguchi with its neighboring prefectures and beyond.

By Ferry[edit]

Get around[edit]

The southern part of the prefecture has the bullet train and getting around is very quick and easy, but on the Sea of Japan side the trains are very slow and infrequent. For touring the internal parts of the prefecture, a rental car is by far the most efficient and convenient. In addition to the JR network of trains, JR local buses as well as Bōchō Buses connect the north with the south.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Fugu. Yamaguchi Prefecture is famous for its poisonous Fugu (puffer 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.

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Bars are concentrated in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi and Shunan.


For the latest info on events and sights, contact the Yamaguchi Prefectural Tourism Federation (山口県観光連盟, Yamaguchi-ken Kankō Renmei) Tel. 083-924-0462.

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 by train from Iwakuni.Create category