Is Shimonoseki Value Visiting?


For all the eye that Japan’s “different” islands have gotten in recent times, it puzzles me that so many vacationers proceed to disregard the locations the place they meet Honshu. I’m pondering Aomori (the place Japan’s primary island “kisses” Hokkaido) and Okayama, which is correct throughout from Shikoku.

And final, however positively not least, Shimonoseki. Which, regardless of all of the modern charms I’m about to explain, hasn’t been a serious matter of even regional dialog because the signing of the treaty that ended the First Sino-Japanese battle greater than a century in the past. 

So, is Shimonoseki price visiting? Sure—and never simply since you most likely have zero expectations about what awaits you there.

Learn how to Get to Shimonoseki

Earlier than I get into the main points of my Shimonoseki itinerary, I ought to most likely clarify how you can get there. Shimonoseki is comparatively straightforward to achieve, although there are some things to know. The primary is that should you come by Shinkansen, you’ll must arrive at Shin-Shimonoseki Station, which is a bit outdoors of city on the JR Sanyo Line. It’s additionally solely served by slower Sakura and Kodama trains, and never the super-fast Mizuho.

An alternative choice could be to fly to Yamaguchi Ube Airport, and take an Airport Limousine Bus from there to Shimonoseki Station. This would possibly sound fancy and costly, however belief me—you don’t must withdraw from paypayカジノ to have the ability to afford it. Relatively, the “limousine” designator simply differentiates this bus (which options plushly-padded, assigned seats) from extra spartan native ones.

My Favourite Issues to Do in Shimonoseki

Get a style of Fugu


Shimonoseki is legendary amongst Japanese as being the town of fugu, aka the pufferfish that’s a delicacy if ready proper and lethal if ready wrongly. Regardless of strict certification requirements for Japanese fugu cooks, I really couldn’t convey myself to eat sashimi made utilizing the fish’s flesh. I’m nonetheless haunted by the traditional episode of “The Simpsons” the place Homer virtually died after consuming it!

Eat your approach by means of Karato Fish Market


Even should you’re braver than me in relation to fugu, seafood is a giant a part of what makes Shimonoseki price visiting. As you possibly can think about, in fact, the pufferfish is the star little bit of seafood on supply at Karato Fish Market. There are all types of paraphernalia, along with the assorted preparations of the fish itself. Nonetheless, it’s removed from the one sport on the town—you possibly can eat what you need right here.

Zen out at Akama Shrine


Some vacationers imagine that when you’ve seen on Shinto shrine, you’ve seen all of them—I’m not a part of that group. On the identical time, Akama Shrine actually stands out from extra odd examples round Japan, what with its cherry-red paint job and daring, spacious entryway. Whereas not perched too excessive, the primary shrine constructing gives a pleasant view of the Kanmon Straits as seen by means of mentioned entryway.

Get misplaced in Chofu’s Samurai streets


The Chofu Samurai district may not be as a lot of a manufacturing unit in whether or not you resolve Shimonoseki is price visiting should you’ve been to Hagi up on the Sea of Japan; the latter—if we’re being trustworthy—is way more spectacular than the previous. On the identical time, I do discover its streets a satisfying afternoon stroll, significantly when paired with a wander round underrated Chofu Backyard.

Watch all of it mild up from Hinoyama


Hinoyama Park is by far the most effective viewpoint in Shimonoseki, although I say this with a phrase of warning: If you’re tempted to hike up like I used to be, don’t. The mountain is totally wild, with all types of animals (once I visited, wild boars—and mom ones with infants) going about their companies regardless of the presence of people. Please, please simply experience the Hinoyama Ropeway to the highest!

How Many Days Do You Want in Shimonoseki?

Most vacationers aren’t planning to go to Shimonoseki in any respect, so eve should you solely come on a day journey from Hiroshima or Fukuoka, you’re doing nicely. Nonetheless, I do suppose having not less than an evening in Shimonoseki will drastically improve your expertise. This may let you take pleasure in dusk from Hinoyama and to go to Karato Fish Market within the morning, when it’s at its most energetic.

So far as spending a number of days there? Whereas I’ll be trustworthy that “two or three” isn’t a standard reply to the query of what number of days in Shimonoseki you must spend, there are causes to think about it. Specifically, should you’re snug renting a automotive, and wish to take a day journey to picturesque Tsunoshima island, and even the enchanting Motonosumi Inari Shrine.


Different FAQ About Visiting Shimonoseki

What’s Shimonoseki identified for?

In a common sense, Shimonoseki is understood for being the situation the place the Treaty of Shimonoseki (which ended the primary Sino-Japanese Conflict) was signed in 1895. Amongst vacationers, those that comprehend it—and plenty of don’t—comprehend it for being the town in Honshu that’s closest to Kyushu.

What does Shimonoseki imply?

In Japanese, Shimonoseki (下関 in kanji) actually means “below the gate,” which is smart provided that the town is a gateway between Honshu and Kyushu. Apparently, the no between the kanji for shimo and seki exists for pronunciation causes, and isn’t a part of the written title.

How do I’m going to Hinoyama Park?

A ropeway exists to whisk vacationers as much as the highest of Shimonoseki’s Hinoyama Park in a matter of minutes—and I extremely counsel you’re taking it. I made the error of mountaineering up, and almost got here nose to nose with a mom boar who was very protecting of her infants.

The Backside Line

Is Shimonoseki price visiting? Actually, even should you solely go there to take pleasure in fugu in its origin metropolis. After all, that is solely the start of all there may be to do in Shimonoseki, whether or not you return in time within the Samurai-era streets of Chofu, say a prayer at Akama Shrine or take pleasure in a view of the Kanmon Straits bridge—and throughout to Kyushu—from Hinoyama. Together with different underrated “cusp” cities like Aomori and Okayama, that is place you completely should go should you’re really dedicated to going off Japan’s overwhelmed path. Sweeten the deal much more whenever you rent me to plan your journey.



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