This Place in Japan Has the Most Scenic Seaside Views
Bask in the sun and cool sea breeze!
The fresh, green color of the mountains and the clear, blue hue of the seas usually indicate the start of the summer season in Japan. If you’re looking to go on a relaxing drive near the sea, we recommend you visit Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The place has plenty of Instagram-worthy spots, including the Tsunoshima and Motonosumi Shrine, and even has an aquarium where you can watch cute dolphins!
Check out our itinerary below!
Cross the sea through the 1,780-meter-long Tsunoshima Bridge.
The Tsunoshima Bridge is a bridge that connects Tsunoshima to the mainland. It has been a popular shooting location for many films and commercials. The unobstructed view of the vast sea on both sides will make you feel as if you’re driving on water. Depending on the time of day, the sea color changes from emerald green to a deep blue.
Tsunoshima Bridge connects Tsunoshima and Kanda in Hohokucho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Admire the breathtaking view from Kaikyo Yume Tower.
Kaikyo Yume Tower
Kaikyo Yume Tower’s observation deck is located 143 meters above the ground and offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the area. From this vantage point, you can also see the Kanmon Straits.
On the 29th floor, there’s a cafe where you can relax and drink coffee with your friends. Meanwhile, the 28th floor houses a shrine that brings good luck to love and relationships. This is also where a lover’s sanctuary, which makes for a perfect date spot, can be found.
Kaikyo Yume Tower is located at 3-3-1 Buzendacho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. You may contact them at +81-83-231-5877.
Visit the lively Karato Market.
Also called Kanmon’s Kitchen, the Karato Market is a wholesale market where you can buy freshly-caught or farmed sea products by local fishermen. On Fridays, weekends, and holidays, a sushi battle called Iki-iki Bakangai is held in the market. During this event, about 20 shops prepare sushi or sushi bowls using the freshest ingredients. These are then offered to the public at reasonable prices.
Karato Market is located at 5-50 Karatocho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The Iki-iki Bakangai is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-83-231-0001.
Take a dip in one of Hotel Nishi-Nagato Resort’s outdoor baths.
Hotel Nishi-Nagato Resort
The Hotel Nishi-Nagato Resort has two outdoor baths that offer a panoramic view of Hibikinada. Note: You can use these baths even if you’re not staying at the hotel. In addition to this, you’ll be given a 50% discount for the bathing fee if you dine at the hotel resort.
The resort also has a tea lounge where you can stay for free and view the Tsunoshima Bridge. This is open to everyone from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hotel Nishi-Nagato Resort is located at 2045 Kanda, Hohokucho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The bath area is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-83-786-2111.
Try the delicious menu of Tsunoshima Terrace.
Near the Tsunoshima Lighthouse is the Tsunoshima Terrace. This terrace has seats where you can watch the sunset at the Japan Sea all year round. It also serves a variety of dishes including handmade pizza, mouthwatering ganganyaki, and sweets. The photo above shows the Uni Awabi Don (sea urchin and abalone bowl) with Tsumire (fish ball) Soup (¥2,300).
Tsunoshima Terrace is located at 2899-1 Tsunoshima, Hohokucho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. until sunset. You may contact them at +81-83-786-1410.
See the cute dolphins and penguins at Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum Kaikyokan.
Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum Kaikyokan
At Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum Kaikyokan, you can watch the cute penguins, dolphins, and sea lions swim right above you inside the tank. The dolphins and sea lions also perform in a joint show at the Aqua Theater. For a limited time, you can likewise catch the Night Aquarium held here.
Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum Kaikyokan is located at 6-1 Arukapoto, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You may contact them at +81-83-228-1100.
Enjoy a meal and a bath at Shimonoseki Manjusou.
The Shimonoseki Manjusou offers a stunning and close-range view of the Kanmon Straits. From their bath, you can watch the ships come and go while relaxing in the pool. The hot spring day trip and seasonal lunch menu are also popular features of the inn.
Shimonoseki Manjusou is located at 3-75 Mimosusogawacho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the day-visit hot spring is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (from 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). You may contact them at +81-83-222-1126.
Drop by the beautiful Motonosumi Shrine.
The Motonosumi Shrine was featured back in 2015 on CNN’s 31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan. The 123 torii gates that stand one after the other for 100 meters is an attractive sight. The red torii gates, blue ocean, and green forest combine to create a picturesque view.
Motonosumi Shrine is located at 498 Yuyatsuo, Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture and is open from sunrise to sunset. You may contact them at +81-837-26-0708.
Buy local pasalubong from Roadside Station Kitaura-kaido Hohoku.
Roadside Station Kitaura-kaido Hohoku
The Roadside Station Kitaura-kaido Hohoku’s terrace gives you a charming view of Tsunoshima and Kabeshima. Inside the building, you’ll find a souvenir shop and cafeteria that sells specialty goods and local seafood. A Sazae (turban shell) take-all-you-can event (¥500 per try) is also held here on Sundays at 12 noon.
Roadside Station Kitaura-kaido Hohoku is located at 314-1 Kandakami, Hohokucho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except every first and third Tuesdays of the month. You may contact them at +81-83-786-0111.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (16 June 2019)