Yamaguchi attractions

Top Choice Park in Yamaguchi


North of the town centre is Kōzan Park, where the five-storey pagoda of Rurikō-ji (瑠璃光寺), a National Treasure dating from 1442, is picturesquely situated beside a small lake. Its eaves are lit up dramatically at nig…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Yamaguchi


This handsome building was originally a high-end restaurant named Gion Saikotei from 1878 to 1996. In 2004 it was converted into this cultural museum, where you can observe or learn calligraphy, wear a kimono (¥2800…
Church in Yamaguchi

St Francis Xavier Memorial Church

Built in 1952 in honour of St Francis Xavier, this church burned down in 1991 and was rebuilt in 1998 with a clinically modern interior and geometric stained-glass windows. Sitting above the town in Kameyama-kōen, i…
Historic Building in Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi Furusato Heritage Centre

The ground floor of this 1886 sake-merchant building (Manabi-kan; まなび館) has a small display of local crafts, including some Ōuchi dolls (lacquerware speciality of Yamaguchi), and the building itself is interesting. …
Buddhist Temple in Yamaguchi


This temple is notable for its simple, stone-dotted Zen garden, Sesshutei, designed by the painter Sesshū. From the garden, a trail leads uphill through the woods to several more temples. About 4km northeast of JR Y…
Gallery in Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum

This interesting gallery focuses on the art of the region, with three rooms showing work from its varied permanent collection; leafy grounds featuring modern sculpture; and regular special exhibitions (admission ext…
Museum in Yamaguchi

Christian Museum

The ground-floor Christian museum in the St Francis Xavier Memorial Church covers the life of the namesake Jesuit missionary and the early history of Christianity in Japan, mostly in Japanese only.
Museum in Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum

Opened in 1912, this museum's impressive permanent collection includes science and technology, astronomy, natural science and humanities sections.
Shinto Shrine in Yamaguchi


A wooden shrine dating from 1520, most notable for Gion Matsuri, a festival that opens with the Sagi-mai (Egret Dance) held held here on 20 July each year. The shrine is a reconstruction of a similar shrine of the s…