Welcome to Shimonoseki
At the southwestern tip of Honshū, Shimonoseki (下関) is on the visitor radar for an early-morning meal at its buzzing seafood market – the town is famous for its fugu, the potentially lethal pufferfish. Separated from Kyūshū by a narrow strait, the town is also known to Japanese for a decisive 12th-century clash between rival samurai clans. Nowadays it's friendly fireworks that sometimes take place across the waters, and you can even walk to Kyūshū through an underwater tunnel, with a foot on each side of the border. Shimonoseki is also an important connecting point to South Korea.