Hagi Castle Town 萩城城下町
Walk in the footsteps of samurai through Hagi Castle Town's enchanting streets
Explore some of the best-preserved traditional samurai residences remaining in Hagi , including the extensive Kikuya Residence and its gorgeous rock garden. The beautiful summer oranges that hang over the walls of this castle town area are iconic symbols of Hagi. The traditional layout of the streets is unchanged since the Edo period (1603-1867), and this area is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Kikuya Yokocho, an alley with traditional cross-hatched walls
- The Kubota Residence and its Edo-period kitchen
- The atmospheric scenery of Edoya Yokocho alley
How to Get There
The historical heart of Hagi is easily accessible from all over town.
Hagi Castle Town is a 10-minute walk or a short bike ride from Meirin Bus Center or Hagi Bus Center. Pick up a map from Meirin Gakusha Tourist Information just next to Meirin Bus Center, or visit the tourism department in Hagi City Hall.
History comes to life in Hagi Castle Town
Formerly the residential area for Hagi samurai, this area, which is best explored by foot, still bustles with activity. Stop into the Hagi yaki pottery shops or souvenir stores selling local Hagi summer orange sweets as you walk.
Hagi Castle Town is especially vibrant during Kimono Week, held each year in October, when the streets are lined with bamboo lanterns at night.
Combine a visit to the impressive Kikuya Residence with a stroll down Kikuya Yokocho, one of the most picturesque parts of the Castle Town. The Hagi flag is inspired by the cross-hatched pattern of the walls.