Shimonoseki attractions

Top Choice Market in Shimonoseki

Karato Ichiba

A highlight of a trip to Shimonoseki is an early-morning visit to the Karato fish market. It's a great opportunity to try sashimi for breakfast or lunch, and fish doesn't get any fresher than this – a fair bit of it…
Shinto Shrine in Shimonoseki


This shrine is dedicated to the seven-year-old emperor Antoku, who died in 1185 in the battle of Dan-no-ura. On the left is a statue of Mimi-nashi Hōichi (Earless Hōichi), the blind bard whose musical talents get hi…
Park in Shimonoseki


About 5km northeast of Shimonoseki Station, this park has superb views over the Kanmon Straits from the top of 268m-high Hino-yama. To get to the lookout's ropeway, get off the bus at Mimosusōgawa (¥260, 12 minutes)…
Gallery in Shimonoseki

Shimonoseki City Art Museum

The Shimonoseki City Art Museum, on the main road at the edge of the old Chōfu area, houses an eclectic collection of local art, which is rotated based on changing themes. There are regular temporary exhibits, somet…
Tower in Shimonoseki

Kaikyō Yume Tower

This 153m tower looks like a midget skyscraper topped by a futuristic billiard ball. Head to the observatory for 360-degree views across Shimonoseki and the strait. There are also views from the cafe on the 29th flo…
Historic Building in Shimonoseki

Chōfu Mōri Residence

This well-preserved 1903 home and garden is the perfect setting in which to enjoy some matcha (powdered green tea; ¥400).
Memorial in Shimonoseki

Dan-no-ura Memorial

This memorial marks the spot where the decisive clash between the Minamoto and Taira clans took place in 1185. Here, Taira no Tokiko plunged into the sea with the young emperor Antoku in her arms, rather than surren…
Buddhist Temple in Shimonoseki


This National Treasure is the family burial temple of the local Mōri lords, and has a Zen-style hall dating from 1327, making it the oldest example of Zen Buddhist architecture in Japan. The visible burial site itse…
Historic Building in Shimonoseki

Former British Consulate

Built in 1906, this handsome example of Meiji architecture, one of the few such remaining original buildings in Japan (most were destroyed or relocated), is now a little three-room museum of the consulate workspaces…
Tunnel in Shimonoseki

Kanmon Tunnel

This is where you come to get that picture of yourself with one foot in Honshū and the other in Kyūshū. For the 780m submarine walk to Kyūshū, take the bus from the station to the Mimosusōgawa bus stop (¥260, 12 min…