Yamaguchi

Restaurant Guide in Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi prefecture belongs to the Chugoku region and is located at the western most part of Honshu (the main island). Since the prefecture has little flat land as all three sides except for the east portion face the ocean, the area has been thriving in fishing since long ago. Although the capital is Yamaguchi city in Ken'ou region, other bigger cities such

as Shimonoseki, Ube, and Iwakuni are scattered across the prefecture. Shimonoseki city has a closer relationship with the northern Kyushu area of Fukuoka prefecture than other area in Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi is famous for puffer fish which is also designated as the official fish of the prefecture. The prefecture boasts the highest volume of wild puffer fish on market as they are caught at Shimonoseki. Puffer fish is enjoyed as sashimi or in hot pots. There are many old mining towns in the western part of the city such as Ube and Sanyo-Onoda where coal was exploited. Therefore, a mining industry flourished, resulting in the current heavy and chemical industrial region developed from these mines. The national natural monument of akiyoshidai in Mine city is a scenic area of Karst topography consisting of limestone. There are many limestone caves underground. Yamaguchi city originally thrived as the castle town of the Ouchi clan and was called the “Kyoto of the west” as its townscape resembled that of Kyoto. Surrounded by mountains in all four directions, it is known as a town of rich greenery, and Yuda hot springs, which is the primary sightseeing destination of the city, thrived as the only hot springs on Sanyo route along the Seto Inland Sea. According to the “legend of the white fox,” which has been told through each generation in this area, a white fox cured its injury by soaking in the hot springs of Yuda. Nakahara Chuya, a famous poet who was active during late Meiji and early Showa was born in Yamaguchi city. On the site of his birth house in Noda hot springs, Nakahara Chuya Memorial Museum was built, and currently exhibits his hand-written manuscripts and other personal items. One of the famous local cuisines of Yamaguchi prefecture is iwakuni-zushi. It is a pressed sushi made by putting sushi rice mixed with fish meat in a wooden container and topping it with julienne strips of thin omelet, cooked and sliced lotus roots and shiitake mushrooms. It is also called tonosama-zushi (feudal load sushi). Since it is a very colorful dish, it has been considered an indispensable item at celebration dinners.

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