Top Choice Historic Building in Hagi

Kikuya Residence

The Kikuya family were merchants rather than samurai. As official merchants to the daimyō their wealth and connections allowed them to build a house well above their station. This house dates from 1604 and has a fin…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Hagi


East of the river, near Shōin-jinja, stands pretty Zen Tōkō-ji, built in 1691 and home to the tombs of five Mōri lords. The stone walkways on the hillside behind the temple are flanked by almost 500 stone lanterns, …
Museum in Hagi

Hagi Uragami Museum

In this appealing modern building you'll find a superb collection of ceramics and wood-block prints, with fine works by Katsushika Hokusai and Utamaro Kitagawa. There are also regular special exhibitions.
Notable Building in Hagi

Itō Hirobumi House

About 200m from Shōin-jinja is the thatched early home of the four-term prime minister, who was a follower of Yoshida Shōin, and who later drafted the Meiji Constitution. It's interesting to see the contrast between…
Glassware in Hagi

Hagi Glass

At Kasa-yama there is a Hagi glassware showroom and a shop with some beautiful coloured-glass vases and cups, and you can watch the glass-blowing in process. Quartz basalt from the volcano is used to make the extrem…
Factory in Hagi

Yuzuya Honten

This is Hagi's own beer and citrus-juice factory where you can stop in to see the very small team at work, taste juice in the attached shop, or have a refreshing mikan-flavoured (satsuma) soft cream.
Mountain in Hagi


About 5km northeast of the town is the 112m dormant volcano Kasa-yama. The top has gorgeous views of the Sea of Japan, and a tiny 30m-deep crater. There is also a walking track around the coast. From late February t…
Ceramics in Hagi

Hagi-jō Kiln

Hagi-yaki (Hagi ceramic ware) is noted for its fine glazes and delicate pastel colours, and connoisseurs of Japanese ceramics rank it as some of the best. At a number of shops and kilns you can see hagi-yaki being m…
Castle in Hagi


There's not much of the old Hagi-jō to see, apart from the typically imposing outer walls and the surrounding moat. The castle was built in 1604 and dismantled in 1874 following the Meiji Restoration.
Museum in Hagi

Treasure House

A small museum that documents Shōin's life and teachings with samples of his letters. No English explanations.