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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).

From Osaka

Shin-Yamaguchi and Shin-Osaka stations are connected by frequent trains on the JR Sanyo Shinkansen (about 2 hours, around 12,500 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.

From Fukuoka

Shin-Yamaguchi Station and Hakata Station in Fukuoka are connected by frequent trains on the JR Sanyo Shinkansen (about 35 minutes, around 5500 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.

From Tokyo

Shin-Yamaguchi and Tokyo are connected by frequent shinkansen trains. Direct Nozomi trains make the trip once per hour (about 4.5 hours, around 21,000 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, 910 yen one way, timed to flights) or train along the JR Ube Line from Kusae Station (40 minutes, 420 yen one way, 1-2 departures per hour). Kusae Station is a five minute walk north of the airport.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

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.

Hotels around 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. 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
      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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    • 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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    • 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 guestsf 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. 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
      Budget-friendly
      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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