The Nagato journey
Motonosumi Inari Shrine
An extraordinary location chosen by CNN as "One of the 31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan."
Known as the "Alps of the Sea," these ocean-carved rocks are natural works of art.
Yuya Terraced Rice Fields
The Yuya Terraced Rice Fields are nationally reknowned for their view of the sunset and the lights of the fishing boats below.
Nagato is home to five different hot springs, each with different properties, not least of which are Nagato Yumoto and Tawarayama Onsen. Day-time bathers are welcome for short visits, and many onsen are also attached to inns for overnight stays to soothe all travelers.
Experience the cobalt blue Sea of Japan against your skin with Nagato's all-season diving, or on a cruise around the nearby island of Omijima. During particular seasons you can even enjoy trying your hand at grilling your own "yakitori" chicken, or at catching some of Nagato's delicious Senzaki squid. Opportunities abound to make your Nagato journey unforgettable.
Grilled "yakitori" chicken skewers are a local delicacy in Nagato, whose remarkable number of yakitori restaurants has been recognized as top class within Japan. The oceans are bountiful as well, as Nagato boasts one of the highest swordtip squid harvests in Japan for its Senzaki squid. The dishes here are made with the freshest of both land and sea.
Plans to help you enjoy each area of Nagato to your heart's content,
from famous sights to traditional dishes, to hot springs that soothe the travel-weary.
Yuya & Heki Area
Enjoy Nagato's major sightseeing locations and incredible natural scenery.
Omijima & Kayoi Area
The area to enjoy Nagato's beautiful blue seas to the fullest, from the shore to beneath the waves!
Nagato Yumoto is the oldest onsen in Yamaguchi Prefecture, making it a perfect chance to feel Nagato's history and culture with a soak in the hot springs.
A leisurely stroll from onsen to onsen is a pleasure in this old-fashioned hot spring town, ringing with the sound of traditional sandals. Enjoy this secluded mountain hot spring with a soak soothing for mind and body.
Visit the old-style hometown of Kaneko Misuzu, who penned children's nursery rhymes that are taught to children across Japan today.
The Misumi Area is home to a variety of cultural arts and the scene of much history. Experience Japanese artwork through the history of woodblock prints and great historical figures.
Year-round, Nagato comes alive with local events, from cherry blossom viewing parties in the spring,
to the fireworks of midsummer, and the traditional festivals of the fall.
With new events including an annual mountain bike race,
there are opportunities all year to enjoy Nagato's rich culture and natural splendor.
Nagato is located on the Western coast of Japan's main island of Honshu,
in the northwest of Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Yamaguchi is easily accessible by bullet train from major airports,
or from some locations directly via Yamaguchi Ube Airport.Upon arrival in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Nagato is reachable by train, taxi, or rental car.