Shimonoseki is an important crossroads for travellers and Japanese history. At the extreme western tip of Honshū, it’s separated from the island of Kyūshū by only a narrow strait, famous in Japanese history for a decisive 12th-century clash between rival samurai clans. The expressway crosses the Kanmon-kaikyō strait on the Kanmon-bashi bridge; while another road, the shinkansen railway line and the JR railway line all tunnel underneath. You can even walk to Kyūshū through a tunnel under the strait! Shimonoseki is also an important connecting point to South Korea, with a daily ferry service to/from Busan. The town has a number of points of interest and some excellent, if potentially deadly, cuisine.