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 1404, is picturesquely situated beside a small lake. A small on-site museum displays miniatur…
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 or admi…
Church in Yamaguchi

St Francis Xavier Memorial Church

Yamaguchi was a major centre of Christian missionary activity before the religion was outlawed in 1589. This church resembles a large tent and sits above the town in Kameyama-kōen. Built in 1952 in honour of St Fran…
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, and the building itself is interesting. Go upstairs to get a closer look at th…
Buddhist Temple in Yamaguchi


About 4km northeast of JR Yamaguchi Station, temple Jōei-ji 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 s…
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 Xavier 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.