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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Chugoku - Yamaguchi
Hagi 
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Former Castle Town

Hagi () is a former castle town off the major transport ways along the tranquil Sea of Japan coast in Yamaguchi Prefecture. It used to be the capital of the Mori Clan, one of the most powerful clans during the feudal age. Mori lords governed present Yamaguchi (then known as Choshu) for more than 250 years and played a central role in bringing about the Meiji Restoration in the second half of the 19th century.

Hagi is best known for its nicely preserved former castle town and its local Hagiyaki Pottery which ranks among Japan's finest. The town has been fortunate to have avoided major disasters since the Edo Period (1603-1867), thereby maintaining an appearance generally in accordance to town plans from centuries ago. Several beautiful old samurai and merchant residences survive and are open to public.

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Attractions
 1  Former Castle Town
Nicely preserved former samurai district.
User rating: 81/100 (59 votes)
Visited by: 125 users
 2  Tokoji Temple
Half of the Mori lords are buried here.
User rating: 80/100 (28 votes)
Visited by: 64 users
 3  Daishoin Temple
Half of the Mori lords are buried here.
User rating: 81/100 (28 votes)
Visited by: 60 users
 4  Hagi Castle
Ruins of the former Hagi Castle.
User rating: 70/100 (54 votes)
Visited by: 130 users
 5  Hagiyaki Pottery
One of Japan's most celebrated pottery types.
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Visited by: 13 users
 6  Shoin Shrine
Dedicated to the local hero Yoshida Shoin.
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Visited by: 12 users
 7  Aiba Waterway
Nice district with canal and historic residences.
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Visited by: 8 users
 8  Mount Kasayama
Small volcano with a nice pond at its base.
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Visited by: 5 users
 

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