Quiet and rural yet historically significant, Yamaguchi Prefecture was home to the samurai clan that shaped modern Japan. Hagi City in the old domain's capital hosts one of the most beautifully preserved castle towns in Japan. Yamaguchi is also renowned for stunning natural scenery, including Akiyoshi-do—the largest limestone cavern in the country.
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Spring comes early in Yamaguchi. At the southwest tip of Honshu, the area has some of the earliest-blooming cherry blossoms on the main island. Popular places to see the blooms in early March are at the castle ruins in Hagi City and around Kintai-kyo Bridge in Iwakuni.
Its coastal location makes Yamaguchi a major seaside destination after the rainy season ends in early July. Kikugahama Beach, the cool limestone caverns of Akiyoshi-do and Hagi City for the local orange ice-cream are all hits with locals in summer.
Fall at Toko-ji Temple in Hagi City offers blissful walks amongst stone lanterns and red maple leaves. The brilliant foliage also cuts a swath across historical Kikko Park in Iwakuni.
The brisk sea breeze can render coastal-facing Yamaguchi a little chilly in the colder months. As winter strikes, heat up body and soul in Yuda Onsen’s outdoor ashi-yu foot baths, or try steaming kawara soba served on a hot roof tile in downtown Yamaguchi City.