The St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church (ƒTƒrƒGƒ‹‹L”O¹“°, Sabieru Kinen Seidō) commemorates the Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier, who was active in spreading Christianity to Asia in the 1500s. In 1550, seven years after the arrival of the first Europeans in Japan, Francis Xavier undertook a mission from Kagoshima to Kyoto. On his way, he spent a few months in Yamaguchi, a city he favored over the war torn ancient capital.

The church was built in 1952 and was once lost to fire in 1991, before the current building was reconstructed in 1998. Visitors are welcomed to tour the modern and artistically designed interior of the church. Its first floor houses a museum that exhibits Christian paintings, statues, medallions, clothing and other religious items, as well as old maps depicting the development of Christianity in Japan and showing the route of Xavier's travels.

Getting there and around

The St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church stands about 1.3 kilometers northwest of Yamaguchi Station. It can be reached on foot (15-20 minutes) or by rental bicycles, which are available outside the station (300 yen for two hours or 700 yen for the whole day).

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      Located in Yamaguchi, within 33 km of Tokiwa Park and 33 km of Tokiwa Museum, 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 a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Ejio Park is 42 km away and Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church is 2 km from the hotel. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. The private bathroom is equipped with a shower, a hairdryer and slippers. At the hotel every room comes with bed linen and towels. Guests staying at Hotel Route-inn Yamaguchi Yuda Onsen have access to the on-site wellness area which includes a hot spring bath. Tokiwa Zoo is 33 km from the accommodation, while Onda Sports Park is 34 km away. The nearest airport is Yamaguchi Ube Airport, 36 km from Hotel Route-inn Yamaguchi Yuda Onsen.
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    • Super Hotel Yamaguchi Yuda Onsen
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      Conveniently set in the Yuda Onsen district of Yamaguchi, Super Hotel Yamaguchi Yuda Onsen is located 32 km from Tokiwa Park, 32 km from Tokiwa Museum and 32 km from Tokiwa Zoo. The 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church is 2.4 km from the hotel. At the hotel, each room has a desk. Guest rooms in Super Hotel Yamaguchi Yuda Onsen are equipped with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Onda Sports Park is 33 km from Super Hotel Yamaguchi Yuda Onsen, while Ejio Park is 41 km away. The nearest airport is Yamaguchi Ube Airport, 35 km from the hotel.
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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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    • Kokusai Hotel Yamaguchi
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      Located in Yamaguchi, within 34 km of Tokiwa Park and 35 km of Tokiwa Museum, Kokusai Hotel Yamaguchi provides accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 2-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Ejio Park is 44 km from the hotel and Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church is 600 metres away. Tokiwa Zoo is 35 km from the hotel, while Onda Sports Park is 36 km away. The nearest airport is Yamaguchi Ube Airport, 38 km from Kokusai Hotel Yamaguchi.
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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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    • Toyoko Inn Shin-yamaguchi-eki Shinkansen-guchi
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      Toyoko Inn Shin-yamaguchi-eki Shinkansen-guchi is situated in Yamaguchi, within 22 km of Tokiwa Park and 23 km of Tokiwa Museum. The 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, the rooms include a desk. All rooms in Toyoko Inn Shin-yamaguchi-eki Shinkansen-guchi are fitted with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Staff at Toyoko Inn Shin-yamaguchi-eki Shinkansen-guchi are always available to provide advice at the reception. Tokiwa Zoo is 23 km from the hotel, while Onda Sports Park is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Yamaguchi Ube Airport, 25 km from Toyoko Inn Shin-yamaguchi-eki Shinkansen-guchi.
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    • Tokiwa
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      Boasting baths, 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 the 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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    • Royal Inn Shinyamaguchi Ekimae
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      Featuring a restaurant, Royal Inn Shinyamaguchi Ekimae offers rooms in Yamaguchi, 22 km from Tokiwa Park and 22 km from Tokiwa Museum. With a shared lounge, the 2-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, every room includes a desk and a TV. At Royal Inn Shinyamaguchi Ekimae every room has bed linen and towels. Staff at the accommodation are always available to provide information at the reception. Tokiwa Zoo is 22 km from Royal Inn Shinyamaguchi Ekimae, while Onda Sports Park is 23 km away. The nearest airport is Yamaguchi Ube Airport, 25 km from the hotel.
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