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 fi…
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, …
Mountain in Hagi


About 5km northeast of the town is this 112m dormant volcano. 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 to late Mar…
Park in Hagi


Within this park, there's not much of the old Hagi-jō to see, apart from the castle's typically imposing outer walls and the surrounding carp-filled moat. The castle was built in 1604 and dismantled in 1874 followin…
Shinto Shrine in Hagi


This shrine, with a garden and small complex, was founded in 1890 and is dedicated to Meiji Restoration movement leader Yoshida Shōin. His former house and the school where he agitated against the shogunate in the y…
Gallery 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…
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…
Historic Site in Hagi

Ohitayama Tatara Iron Works

Located 22km from Hagi town, this sprawling site shows the scale of traditional Japanese iron-making, which existed for centuries, and the skills of the Tatara steelmakers who contributed to the success of the new i…
Historic Building in Hagi

Shoka Sonjuku Academy

Although the word 'academy' conjures images of Ivy League schools, this humble schoolhouse is anything but that. Here in the 1850s Yoshida Shōin lectured students who would go on to play instrumental roles in the Me…
Factory in Hagi

Yuzuya Honten

On Kasa-yama, yhis 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.