Loved by locals, Kawara-soba is a green tea soba noodle placed on a hot roof tile, topped with thinly shredded egg omelet, salty seasoned beef and roasted seaweed. It is served with a warm dipping sauce. The hot tile gives the soba noodles the crispy and slightly scorched taste. This is the local cuisine! Come try an amazing food when visiting Yamaguchi prefecture.
Also, Unameshi (steamed rice with eel) is a must-eat dish. The eels here are fragrant and soft in a secret sweet sauce.
Wake up early and get a head start while travelling?
Here is ‘Aobasu’ lotus at Saienji Temple in Omijima. They bloom July to early August with big white petals. Long time ago, ‘Aobasu’ lotus was brought and planted at Saienji Temple by the buddhist monk who had studied in China. An flower will die after three to four days. The lotuses all open together in the morning and they tuck their petals away at dusk. (at their most beautiful around 7:00am to 9:00am)
2118, Senzaki, Nagato-shi, Yamaguchi-Prefecture *a 20-minute drive from Bettei Otozure
Kotokuzenji Temple is known as Ajisaidera (hydrangea temple) in Nagato. In the rainy season, the serene temple is full of the hydrangea of different colors as blue, purple, pink and white. You’ll enjoy the panoramic view of hydrangea garden with the Japan Sea in the background. It is just a 25-minute drive from Motonosumi Inari Shrine and Higashi Ushirobata Tanada, so it would be nice to make a little side trip to see its beautiful hydrangea.
Experience a beautiful early summer evening at this event, the annual firefly-watching bus tour. There are some spots around Yumoto-Onsen to view fireflies glow. We will take you to the most spectacular place, called “Firefly Road”. Join the tour and watch a lot of fireflies flickering and dancing, a must-see for nature lovers.
Wed 1 June 2016 – Mon 20 June 2016
Note: Exclusive to overnight guests. Tours may not operate in bad weather conditions. Subject to availability.
The city of Nagato in Yamaguchi is said to be one of the most famous places for yakitori (grilled, skewered chicken). The number of yakitori restaurants per 10,000 people is the highest in Japan. In such a highly competitive area, Koumori has been in business for over 60 years. This 12-seat eatery always fills up with locals and visitors, expecting the technique and delicacy of the proprietress. The yakitori of well-prepared local brand chicken are outstanding, particularly the perfectly cooked livers. Koumori offers quality yakitory using fresh chicken taken every morning from the chicken farm. Enjoy the taste of local food!
Here is a popular photo spot among railfans that the view of the bridge and Japan Sea is stunning. “Sougougawa bridge” is a little over an hour away from Bettei Otozure by car. Take route 191, which is called “Kita Nagato Cobalt Line”. It’s a very nice scenic drive road, mostly running along the beautiful coastline of Japan Sea. If the weather is good, you can enjoy the picturesque scenery of cobalt blue ocean and the small islands. This railway bridge is spanning over the river between Udagou and Susa on JR Sanin Main Line. It’s said that the bridge is absolutely beautiful from any angle, so it’s a well-known location not only for railfans but also for shutterbugs. Although the frequency of train service on the Sanin Main Line is low, you can thoroughly enjoy this amazing bridge without train. In the late afternoon, you will catch the beautiful sunset. It’s a good time now, as the weather is usually sunny.
25,000 camellia japonica trees grow wild at the Kasayama Camellia Groves. The camellia blossoms are brightly in full bloom from February to March, as that’s when the Hagi camellia festival is taking place. As shown in the picture, nature trails are running around the grove and the ground is covered with countless fallen blossoms. It’s just amazing. This year the camellia blossoms start blooming earlier than usual, as we had a mild winter last year. Hagi is half an hour away from Bettei Otozure by car.
Venue: Kasayama Camellia Groves
Period: From 13 Feb until 27 Mar 2016
Contact: Hagi City Tourism Section at 0838-25-3139
Note: During the festival, a free shuttle bus runs from the Koshigahama parking area in Hagi.
Saitoan in Hagi now shines the spotlight on mirrors. Mirrors are indispensable to our lives. It has an ancient origin as old as human beings. People treated mirrors respectfully as a treasure or a shrine ritual item. Its mysterious power stimulates people’s curiosity, and they have been used as a subject matter for literature and art, at other times as an item for fortune telling. As is often said that an art work is a reflection of the times or the artist him/herself, the artists try to pursue the reality to describe the times and their identity, and they cast their ideas into shape. Here are some photos of Kaneko Tsukasa’s works. His prime exhibit is HYAKUIRO MEGANE (Literally meaning “One hundred colour eye glasses”). When you look into the hole, you’ll see what is more than you can imagine!
Artist: Kaneko Tsukasa, Nakajima Daisuke, Nosaka Kazusa and Hamanaka Shiro
Period: 24 October 2015 – 3 November 2015
Opening hours: 9:30am – 6:00pm (closing at 5:00pm on the final day of exhibition)
One of the world’s largest travel review websites, TripAdvisor, said that it calculated its “Japan bridge rankings” using such information as the number of reviews and assessments written in Japanese and posted between October 2014 and September 2015. Tsunoshima Bridge was selected the top bridge in Japan. The bridge crosses a sea of cobalt blue and makes a smooth arc around Hatoshima island. It is particularly popular as a location for car commercials.
Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge in Yamaguchi Prefecture placed 11th as well.
Akasaki Shrine presents this festival featuring “Yumoto Nanjo Dance” and “Gaku Dance” dedicated to the god of the shrine on September 10 every year. Various events are held, starting on the eve of the festival.
Venue: Akasaki Shrine
Address: Era, Higashi-Fukawa, Nagato-shi
Date and Time: [Eve] start 3:00pm, 9 September 2015
[Festival] start 1:00pm, 10 September 2015
Contact: Shomyoichi Rengokai at 090-2865-6084