With an area of 130km2, Akiyoshidai is the largest karst plateau in Japan. Limestone rocks with white surfaces are exposed on the plateau, and look like a flock of sheep on the grassy plains. This great spectacle of plentiful, rolling land stretches out before visitors.
Hagi's Old Castle Town
In the 260 years between the construction of Hagi Castle on Shizukiyama hill by Mori Terumoto and the creation of the Old Castle Town in the delta area between the Matsumoto and Hashimoto Rivers in 1604, and the ruling clan's move to Yamaguchi City in 1863, the two areas that compose the present Yamaguchi Prefecture flourished.
In July 2015, the Sites of Japan’s Industrial Revolution were approved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site’s 23 component parts are located in 11 different cities over 8 different prefectures, including 5 properties in the City of Hagi, such as Hagi Castle Town.
From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Japan experienced rapid industrialization in the iron and steel, shipbuilding, and coal mining industries.
This site is historically significant on a global scale as a testament to the fastest industrialization of a non-western country, achieved in only 50 years.
We invite you to take a trip through history to see the great achievements of the industrial pioneers of Japan who set the country on the path to its current state as a major manufacturing country.
Hagi Reverberatory Furnace(Iron and Steel Industry)
Ohitayama Tatara Iron Works(Iron and Steel Industry)
Hagi Castle Town(Historical Scenery)
Kintaikyo Bridge is a five-arched wooden bridge that stretches over the Nishiki River. It was constructed using a wooden lattice technique, with metal coils and clamps used in place of nails. The beautiful shape of the bridge creates a stunning image reflected in the clear flowing water of the Nishiki River alongside the greenery of Shiroyama ("castle hill").
It is said that Yuda Onsen was discovered when a white fox was seen bathing its wounds here during the Muromachi Period. This simple alkaline hot spring is said to help ease such ailments as rheumatism, neuralgia and dermatitis.
This traditional hot spring lies on the banks of the Otozure River. In the summertime, the shining dance of the Genji Fireflies is popular. Visitors can also enjoy the true flavor of the ocean at the nearby Senzaki fishing port. The simple alkaline properties of this hot spring are said to help ease such ailments as neuralgia.