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Yamaguchi Prefecture

TOKIWA Fantasia 2017

Tokiwa Park’s winter illumination is the largest scale illumination event in western Japan. Under the premise of cooperative design, the Tokiwa illumination allows companies, schools, and other organizations to participate in designing the illuminations.

Yamaguchi Prefecture, a Festival with Over 290 Years of History: “Hagi Jidai Matsuri”

The “Hagi Jidai Matsuri” is a traditional event with over 290 years of history held in Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Hagi City. During this event, over 200 people take part in the time-honored “Hagi Daimyo Procession” offertory queue that parades through the city.Along the road’s main points, in front of the kimono-clad girls riding kago, is where the “Zori Tori no Mai,” a dance with zori sandals, takes place. (※Kago=A vehicle carried from the front and back by sticks, made of wood or bamboo, that are hung alongside the seat. Like a palanquin) Additionally, another must-see is the “Choshu Ippon Yari,” in which long-handled spears are used in a splendid performance.

Kintai Bridge

Kintai Bridge

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Kintai Bridge has been designated as a National Scenic Location of Japan, and it is also one of Japan’s Three Famous Bridges.
It is a beautiful and large 5-story arch bridge, with a total length of 193.3 meters and a width of 5 meters.
It was built in 1673, taking inspiration from Kintai Bridge in West Lake, Hangzhou, China.
Later, in 1950, the bridge was washed away in a flood, and it was then rebuilt in 1953.
In 2004 Japan’s Kintai Bridge was named a sister bridge to Hangzhou’s Kintai Bridge, and a stone monument commemorating the bridges’ relationship is being built.

Akiyoshido Cave

Akiyoshido Cave

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One of the Three Great Caves of Japan, Akiyoshido Cave has a total length of 8850 meters. It is considered a Special Natural Monument of Japan.
Taking about 1 hour to complete, a 1 kilometer long sightseeing course is available.
Throughout all four seasons the cave remains at a constant 17 ° C, cool in the summer and warm in the winter.