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Top Choice Seafood in Shimonoseki

Yabure-Kabure

There's only one thing on the menu in this boisterous spot: pick from a range of fugu sets, such as the dinner Ebisu course, which features the cute little puffer in raw, seared, fried and drowned-in-sake incarnatio…
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 the fish doesn't get any fresher – a fair bit of it will s…
Shinto Shrine in Shimonoseki

Akama-jingū

Akama-jinjū is a shrine 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 talen…
Park in Shimonoseki

Hino-yama-kōen

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)…
Cafe in Shimonoseki

Antiques & Oldies

At the back of a charming antique shop in Chōfu's castle-town area is this small cafe, serving up bagel sandwich sets, coffees, juices and cakes. There are just a few tables inside and a shady outdoor terrace. It's …
Gallery in Shimonoseki

Shimonoseki City Art Museum

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

Kōzan-ji

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 narrow streets in the ar…
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…
Sushi in Shimonoseki

Kaiten Karato Ichiba Sushi

This conveyor-belt sushi restaurant on the 2nd floor, right above the fish market, is a great place to get your hands on the freshest fish without needing to know what they're all called. It's closed when the market…
Seafood in Shimonoseki

Kamon Wharf

Close to the Karato fish market, with eateries and shops specialising in local goodies. Seekers of only-in-Japan culinary experiences can look out for the uni-flavoured ice cream (うにソフトクリーム; sea urchin) and fugu bur…