Top things to do in Hagi

Top Choice Historic Building in Hagi

Kikuya Residence

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

Tōkō-ji

East of the river, pretty Tōkō-ji, built in 1691, is home to the tombs of five Mōri lords. The stone walkways on the hillside behind the Zen temple are flanked by almost 500 stone lanterns, which were erected by the…
Top Choice Cafe in Hagi

Hotoritei

A tranquil rest stop near the Jōkamachi area, Hotoritei is within a large house surrounded by gardens. It mainly serves coffees, teas and cakes – try the fluffy, cream-filled matcha (green-tea) roll. There are a few…
Cultural in Hagi

Hagi Mantoue

A promenade of 500 stone lanterns are lit up with candles at Tōkō-ji for the Hagi Lantern Festival, which honours the spirits of ancestors on 15 August each year. The warm glow on a summer's night is atmospheric and…
Mountain in Hagi

Kasa-yama

About 6km northeast of central Hagi 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…
Park in Hagi

Shizuki-kōen

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

Shōin-jinja

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

Hagi Shinkai

Seating here is around a large open tank, so you can witness doomed fish being plucked out by the staff while you eat. There are various set-meal options, or request the manager-recommended Shinkai teishoku (¥1080/1…
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, including this one within th…
Cafe in Hagi

Cafe Tikal

Through the old gate of the Kogawa family residence is this small cafe with large windows overlooking a pleasingly unkempt garden. Sit among the games and books at one of the wooden tables and choose a coffee (from …