Shuhodo (Akiyoshido) Limestone Cave in Mine

Shuhodo (Akiyoshido) Limestone Cave in Mine

SUBMITTED BY CHRISTINA WAUGH Akiyoshido Cave and Akiyoshidai Plateau south of Yamaguchi City was a really neat day trip. It took us about 1 hr. 45 min. to get there on the Sanyo and the directions from ITT were great. Take a sweater, it’s cool inside even on HOT days. The cave is over 1
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Miyajima Boat Ride

Miyajima Boat Ride

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST A few months ago, I had a chance encounter with The Straw Hat Backpacker, Ryan, who is taking on Japan and later, the world, on foot. Many people in the community had a chance to meet him when he made a stop in Iwakuni, over Taco Bell lunches, and at a
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Azaleas at the Ohirayama Ropeway in Hofu

Azaleas at the Ohirayama Ropeway in Hofu

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST You know you have some crazy adventurous friends when they are willing to meet up at 5:00 AM to drive three hours away to see some flowers (granted, it was worth the drive and a few of us are even talking about going back again).   Here is one of the pictures
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Mt. Eigenzan Park

Mt. Eigenzan Park

SUBMITTED BY SHANNON REUTER If you take a drive down Route 2, you can’t miss the large Dutch windmill on the hill in Shunan. The windmill is what brought me to Mt. Eigenzan Park and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the park has so much more to offer! The windmill, called Yume Fusha
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Mikawa Mu Valley

Mikawa Mu Valley

SUBMITTED BY HYLA AND ADAM ERNST Special thanks to our son’s third grade teacher and classmates who enthusiastically helped us gather info and pictures to share with the community. This weekend we gave the kids a chance to plan the day for our family and they both agreed on a trip to the Underground Kingdom
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Yamaguchi Flower Land in Yanai

Yamaguchi Flower Land in Yanai

SUBMITTED BY SHANNON REUTER What a beautiful way to spend a mid-April afternoon with a new friend! I bet it gets even better later in the Spring/Summer too… Quite simply, Yamaguchi Flower Land is a colorful, blossom filled park. There are nature walks, green houses, gift shop, plants for sale, and craft vendors (the day
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Nagisa Aquarium (Nagisa Suizokkan) on Oshima Island, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Nagisa Aquarium (Nagisa Suizokkan) on Oshima Island, Yamaguchi Prefecture

SUBMITTED BY HYLA AND ADAM ERNST Special thanks to several members of a local Facebook group who responded to our inquiries regarding this hidden gem and for the Cox family for checking this place out with us. There’s a small, unassuming aquarium with a giant touch tank on Oshima Island that we recently learned about while
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Iwakuni Castle

Iwakuni Castle

SUBMITTED BY ADAM ERNST “If you build it, they will come,” or so the saying goes. The Iwakuni Castle is like that - sooner or later almost everyone who is stationed here will make their way to the top.  The castle itself is small and it is a replica built in 1962 of the original castle that was
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Rurikouji Temple (Five-Storied Pagoda) in Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Rurikouji Temple (Five-Storied Pagoda) in Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture

SUBMITTED BY HYLA ERNST If you are traveling on a daytrip towards Mine, Shimonoseki, or perhaps Tsuwano  then consider a quick stop in Yamaguchi to visit the Five-Storied Pagoda at the Rurikouji Temple.   Built in 1442, it is one of the oldest five-storied pagodas in Japan and has been designated a National Treasure of Japan.  It doesn’t take very
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