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Stroll the Streets of Yamaguchi in a Kimono

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See the Japanese garden and historic pagoda from a rickshaw while wearing a kimono

Tourism Division, YAMAGUCHI CITY



Step back into 19th-century Japan at Saikōtei, an elegant building which was used as a restaurant as far back as the Meiji era (1868-1912). Change out of your travel clothes and immerse yourself further in Japanese culture with Saikōtei’s kimono experience. Choose from a wide range of colours and patterns, to pick a kimono that suits your own style.

Suitably dressed, you can take memorable pictures inside the 100-tatami (roughly 1,800 square-foot) banquet room, or in the serenely beautiful Japanese-style gardens. Then refuel with a cup of matcha green tea and wagashi confectionery, before heading out for a sightseeing ride in a retro rickshaw.

Whether on foot or in a rickshaw, dressed in a kimono you’ll blend in perfectly with the traditional atmosphere which still lingers in this historic city in the far west of Honshū. Take some time to walk around the old town and immerse yourself in Yamaguchi’s Ōuchi culture, named after the feudal lord Ōuchi Hiroyo (1325–1380), who suggested the town be modeled on Kyoto and promoted the buiding and patronage of temples and shrines. You’ll see many traces of Ōuchi’s era as you explore, including historic buildings like Japan’s tenth-oldest pagoda at Rurikōji Temple. In the temple grounds you will also find a statue of Ōuchi Hiroyo on a horse, yet another great spot for a photo of you dressed in a kimono!


How to get there


10 minutes by bus from JR Yamaguchi Station.


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