How to get to Yamaguchi
Shin-Yamaguchi Station (formerly known as Ogori Station) is the closest shinkansen station to downtown Yamaguchi and its attractions. The station is connected with Yamaguchi Station in the city center by the JR Yamaguchi Line (20 minutes, 240 yen one way, 1-3 trains/hour).
Shin-Yamaguchi and Shin-Osaka stations are connected by frequent trains on the JR Sanyo Shinkansen (about 2 hours, 12,000 yen one way). The trip is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but pass holders are not allowed to take Nozomi trains and should take a Sakura train instead.
Shin-Yamaguchi Station and Hakata Station in Fukuoka are connected by frequent trains on the JR Sanyo Shinkansen (about 35 minutes, 5000 yen one way). The trip is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but pass holders are not allowed to take Nozomi trains and should take a Sakura or Kodama train instead.
Making the trip by local trains will save around half the train fare, but increase the travel time to three hours and require two transfers along the way.
Shin-Yamaguchi and Tokyo are connected by frequent shinkansen trains. Direct Nozomi trains make the trip once per hour (about 4.5 hours, 20,000 yen one way), while additional connections require a transfer of trains along the way, typically at Shin-Osaka Station. Japan Rail Pass holders cannot use Nozomi trains and should take a combination of Hikari and Sakura trains instead, which increases travel time by about one hour.
ANA and JAL operate several flights per day between Yamaguchi Ube Airport and Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Flight duration is 95 minutes. The regular one way fare is around 40,000 yen, but discount tickets are typically available for 10,000 to 21,000 yen. Yamaguchi Ube Airport is connected with Shin-Yamaguchi Station by bus (35 minutes, 890 yen one way, timed to flights) or train along the JR Ube Line from Kusae Station (40 minutes, 410 yen one way, two departures per hour). Kusae Station is a five minute walk north of the airport.
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Yamaguchi's central railway station, Yamaguchi Station, is a relatively small station along the non-electrified JR Yamaguchi Line. The larger transportation hub is Shin-Yamaguchi Station several kilometers outside the city center. Shin-Yamaguchi Station is served by the JR Sanyo Shinkansen and several local train and bus lines. Yamaguchi and Shin-Yamaguchi Stations are a 20 minute, 240 yen train ride apart from each other.
Most of Yamaguchi's attractions are within three kilometers of Yamaguchi Station and can be reached on foot or by rental bicycles, which are available outside the station and cost 300 yen for two hours or 700 yen for the whole day. To get to Joeiji Temple, the nearest station is Miyano Station, which is two stations north of Yamaguchi Station.