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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

Tōkō-ji

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, …
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…
Mountain in Hagi

Kasa-yama

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

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 house and the school where he agitated against the shogunate in the y…
Seafood in Hagi

Hagi Shinkai

Seating here is around a large open tank, so you can watch as the doomed fish are plucked out by the staff while you eat. There are various set-meal options, or ask for the manager-recommended Shinkai teishoku (¥108…
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…
Cafe in Hagi

Cafe Tikal

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