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.
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At the Otozure River, visitors can take a rest at the kawayuka (riverside deck) terrace, or the cafés or bars renovated from old homes on either side of the river. Enjoy a moment of peace in this onsen town that’s both forward-looking and steeped in history.
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Yoshitomi Koshindo makes high-quality waffles with a touch of sweetness, served with cream or sweet red bean paste.
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Tainei-ji Temple’s grounds are rich with the legends of Muromachi Period (1336-1573) warlord Ouchi Yoshitaka, but also make for a lovely spot for refreshing nature walks.
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Don’t just taste Nagato’s famous yakitori: try making it yourself, from cutting the meat, to fashioning your own skewers, to the grilling itself (Classes will begin in June).
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Just outside Akasaki Shrine, this bowl-shaped natural amphitheater is a nationally-designate Important Tangible Cultural Property. Stand where performances are still held each year, and let out a call!
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This quiet mountain kiln continues the 350 year-old tradition of Hagi-style pottery.
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One way to enjoy the new Nagato Yumoto Onsen is to take a safe, slow stroll after a soak in the onsen at night, and to search for a picturesque spot, all lit up.