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Shimonoseki, Japan

Known as 'The Gateway to Japan', Shimonoseki is a beautiful city located in the Yamaguchi Prefecture, across from the Tsushima and Kanmon Straits. Its rich culture and history make Shimonoseki wonderful for all travellers, with majestic natural views and beautiful Japanese architecture.

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Shimonoseki, Japan

Port of Call

One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Tsunoshima Island, located in the Sea of Japan and connected to Shimonoseki by the Tsunoshima Bridge, has plenty to offer with its beautiful beaches, lighthouse and the magnificent bridge which is ranked as the second longest only to Okinawa's. Drive across and marvel at the expanse of clear blue water and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Omura whales.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Visit the traditional-styled Akama Shrine, a Shinto shrine that's dedicated to a Japanese emperor who died in the Battle of Dan-no-Ura, an important battle in Japanese history that marked the end of the Gempei War and defeat of the Taira Clan.
  • Take a ferry ride to Ganry?-jima Island, made famous for the most celebrated dual in the samurai period. Marvel at the statues of Sasaki Kojiro and Miyamoto Musashi and the site of the duel.
  • Walk through Jokamachi Chofu (castle town), and take in the rich history of the abandoned stonewalls of the castle and the bare ancient homes of samurai families from the feudal period.
  • Take in the traditional beauty and elegance of the Chofu Mori Residence, home to one of Japan's most important historical families.

Get a Taste of Local Flavours

Visit the Karato Sea Market, the 'local kitchen' of Yamaguchi, and try their fresh seafood and famous blowfish soup made with their speciality, and locally caught puffer fish.

Local Currency

The official currency in Shimonoseki, Japan is the Japanese Yen (JPY).

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    Before You Visit

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