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Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi (山口) is a pleasant and friendly city in Western Honshu founded by the Ouchi family in the 14th century. It is now the capital of Yamaguchi Prefecture, a region formerly known as the Nagato (Choshu) and Suo provinces. As the seat of the powerful Ouchi lords, Yamaguchi grew to culturally rival the war torn capital of Kyoto during Japan's age of warring states. As a result, the city became known as the "Kyoto of the West".

The Mori family succeeded the Ouchi as the local feudal lords and made nearby Hagi the seat of their rule. The Mori played a leading role in the Meiji Restoration (1868), which brought Japan's feudal age to an end. Yamaguchi today has a surprisingly laid back atmosphere, considering its historical prominence. Several eminent places of worship stand in the city, serving to remind of its past cultural distinction.

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Temple

Joeiji Temple

Famous for the Zen garden Sesshutei.
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Historic Site

Xavier Church

Commemorating Xavier's visit to Yamaguchi.
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    • Hotel Route-inn Yamaguchi Yuda Onsen
      Mid-range
      Located in Yamaguchi, within 2 km of Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church and 3.1 km of Yasaka Shrine, Hotel Route-inn Yamaguchi Yuda Onsen provides accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The hotel features a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the hotel. At Hotel Route-inn Yamaguchi Yuda Onse guests are welcome to take advantage of a spa centre. The nearest airport is Yamaguchi Ube Airport, 31 km from the accommodation.
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    • Tokiwa
      Luxury
      Boasting 6 hot-spring baths and massage services, Tokiwa features Japanese-style accommodations. JR Yuda Onsen Train Station is a 10-minute walk away, and guests can relax at the breathtaking Japanese garden. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon beddings. A fridge and a TV are included in each. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and slippers. Guests can enjoy singing karaoke at Kasen bar or purchase local products at the gift shop. The hotel has indoor and outdoor public hot-spring baths. A traditional multi-course dinner and Japanese set breakfast are served at the dining room. Refreshments are available at Ichino Saka tea lounge. Tokiwa Inn is a 15-minute drive from Sesshu Teien Garden and Akiyoshido Cave is a 45-minute drive away.
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    • Comfort Hotel Shin Yamaguchi
      Mid-range
      Only a 1-minute walk from JR Shin Yamaguchi Train Station, Comfort Hotel Shin Yamaguchi offers modern rooms. It features free Wi-Fi and a launderette. Guests can relax with complimentary coffee at the lobby. Each guestroom comes with air conditioning/heating facilities, a fridge and a desk. Slippers and toothbrush sets are provided for all guests and the en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Comfort Hotel Shin Yamaguchi offers amenities like a trouser press, a charger for certain mobile phones and an air humidifier can be borrowed at the reception. A daily buffet with warm and cold dishes is available free of charge at the dining area, between 06:30 and 09:30. Guests can enjoy a variety of fresh breads and other Western and Japanese breakfast foods. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Yamaguchi Kirahaku Memorial Park and Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park.
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    • Hotel New Tanaka
      Luxury
      Situated in Yamaguchi, 2.6 km from Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church, Hotel New Tanaka features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a shared lounge. The hotel has a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a continental breakfast. Yasaka Shrine is 4.1 km from Hotel New Tanaka. The nearest airport is Yamaguchi Ube Airport, 31 km from the accommodation.
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    • Green Rich Hotel Yamaguchi Yuda Onsen
      Mid-range
      Located a 13-minute walk from JR Yuda Onsen Station, the Green Rich Hotel offers stylish and modern guestrooms with free wired internet. Free WiFi is offered throughout the entire property. Guests can receive discount tickets for the Onsen-no-Mori hot spring bathhouse located right next to the hotel. All rooms at Green Rich Hotel Yamaguchi Yuda Onsen feature a flat-screen satellite TV, video-on-demand programmes, a fridge and an electric kettle. An air-purifier is also included. The en suite bathroom comes with toothbrush sets, shaving razor, shaving cream, cotton swabs and a hairbrush. A humidifier can be borrowed, and guests can choose their own pillows and nightwear. Coin launderette and drinks vending machines are also available on site for guests’ convenience. Free coffee and tea bags are provided on site. A healthy breakfast buffet featuring Western and Japanese dishes can be enjoyed at the dining room. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Yamaguchi-dai Shrine. Yamaguchi University is a 10-minute drive away.
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    • Kokusai Hotel Yamaguchi
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Yamaguchi, within 600 metres of Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church and 1.3 km of Yasaka Shrine, Kokusai Hotel Yamaguchi provides accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage for guests. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The nearest airport is Yamaguchi Ube Airport, 33 km from Kokusai Hotel Yamaguchi.
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    • Royal Inn Shinyamaguchi Ekimae
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Yamaguchi, 13 km from Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church, Royal Inn Shinyamaguchi Ekimae offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking and a shared lounge. The air-conditioned rooms provide a city view and come with a wardrobe and free WiFi. At the hotel, every room has a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The units will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at Royal Inn Shinyamaguchi Ekimae can enjoy an Asian breakfast. The accommodation can conveniently provide information at the reception to help guests to get around the area. Yasaka Shrine is 14 km from Royal Inn Shinyamaguchi Ekimae. The nearest airport is Yamaguchi Ube Airport, 21 km from the hotel.
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