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Yamaguchi Daijingu (ŽRŒϋ‘ε_‹{, Yamaguchi Daijingū) is a much smaller and simpler version of the Ise Shrines. It was built in 1518 after the local lord had traveled to Ise and returned home wishing to have a shrine that houses the same deities as those at Ise. Henceforth, the locals who were unable to travel to Ise in person had the opportunity to visit Yamaguchi Daijingu instead, and the shrine became known as the "Ise Shrines of the West".

Like the Ise Shrines, Yamaguchi Daijingu consists of an outer and an inner shrine, which are rebuilt every 20 years. Unlike the Ise Shrines, however, the shrines of Yamaguchi Daijingu are located just next to each other. The shrine structures come with a simple, wooden appearance, portraying a purely Japanese architectural style with little influence from mainland Asia. Yamaguchi Daijingu is located within a forest at the outskirts of the city, providing the serene setting for a tranquil visit.

Getting there and around

Yamaguchi Daijingu stands about two kilometers northwest of Yamaguchi Station. It can be reached on foot (30 minutes) or by rental bicycles, which are available outside the station (300 yen for two hours or 700 yen for the whole day).

Alternatively, take a bus from the station bound for Yamaguchi Daigaku (ŽRŒϋ‘εŠw) or Nakaoguchi (’†”φŒϋ) and stop at Kenchomae (Œ§’‘‘O) bus stop (6 minutes, 170 yen, 2-3 departures per hour). From the bus stop it takes five minutes to walk to the shrine.

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      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. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. The rooms include a private bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. 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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    • Comfort Hotel Shin Yamaguchi
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      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
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      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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    • Tokiwa
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      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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    • Green Rich Hotel Yamaguchi Yuda Onsen
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      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f 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
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      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. At the hotel, every room is fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All units will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at Kokusai Hotel Yamaguchi can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The nearest airport is Yamaguchi Ube Airport, 33 km from the accommodation.
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    • Royal Inn Shinyamaguchi Ekimae
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      Set 13 km from Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church, Royal Inn Shinyamaguchi Ekimae offers rooms with air conditioning in Yamaguchi. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, every room includes a wardrobe. At Royal Inn Shinyamaguchi Ekimae every room has a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. 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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