About Yamashiro

About Yamashiro

Surrounded by forests and mountains, the Yamashiro area is blessed with geologically diverse terrain and features many canyons, waterfalls, and strange rocks. In addition, the soil produced by the rich forests and water nurtures agricultural products with a strong sweetness and a gentle taste. The local cuisine of this region is an elegant seasoning that makes full use of these ingredients, and keeps the human friendly.

岩国北部・錦おりなす清流の郷

YAMASHIROInformation of the Region

The Recommended Places to Visit

  • Iwaya Kannon

    It ‘s a very rare and thankful Kannon statue. 85 cm high wooden Buddha statue which is said to have been carved by Kobo Daishi – Who is the founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, and it was covered with stalactites drippings over many years and became a stone Buddha statue.

    Location
    Nekasa, Mikawamachi, Iwakuni
    Access
    About 35 minutes from Iwakuni IC via Prefectural Routes 2 and 187





  • Usa Hachimangu

    There are many large trees of cedar and cypress in the precincts, and there are hundreds of mature trees, and the place is dark and spectacular even in the daytime.

    Among them, the cedar on the approach to the shrine called “Osugi” is huge with a height of 60m and a circumference of 7.5m, and the tree is known to be over 900 years old. And here is also the oldest iron lantern in Yamaguchi prefecture.

    Location
    1532 Usa, Nishikimachi, Iwakuni
    Access
    About 1 hour 40 minutes by car from Iwakuni IC via Route 186 and 434
    bus from Nishikimachi Station on the Nishikigawa Seiryu Line, 5 minutes on foot from the Jakuchikyo Iriguchi


  • Nio statue of Joukun-ji temple

    Joukun-ji Temple, located near the 8th station of Mt. Joukun-ji at an altitude of 673m, the oldest temple in Yamashiro, was sadly destroyed by fire and now only the Niomon gate remains. Two statues of Nio are enshrined at the gate.

    Location
    364 Uzuka, Hongomachi, Iwakuni
    Access
    About 40 minutes by car from Iwakuni IC via Route 111 and 59, 30 minutes on foot


  • Hongo cityscape

    A cityscape along the river where you can use the map of the very historic Edo period. The building being done from the end of the Edo period to the beginning of the Showa period – generally from late 1800s to the 1950s – remains wonderfully unchanged.

    Location
    Hongo, Hongomachi, Iwakuni
    Access
    About 40 minutes from Iwakuni IC via Prefectural Routes 59 and 111


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    Yamashiro Kagura

    Yamashiro Kagura, which was also shown at the Tokyo Olympic Games held in 1964, is a fun and powerful kagura danced in two parts, a Shinto ritual and a skit-style.