Yamaguchi 2 Day Itinerary: Shimonoseki to Fukuoka! Enjoy a gourmet journey across the ocean



In this issue, we introduce our plan to enjoy Shimonoseki on the western edge of Yamaguchi Prefecture and across the sea to Moji in Fukuoka Prefecture.
It was a happy 2 days and 1 night, eating as much seafood as I wanted. It is wonderful that we can enjoy the trip even without a car.

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*Please note that information and prices listed are subject to change.

Travel Itinerary

11:00am Karato Market(唐戸市場)

First, visit a market where you can enjoy fresh seafood.

The “Iki-iki Bakangai” held only on Fridays and Saturdays features sushi battles, with many restaurants serving sushi and donburi (rice bowls) with the freshest fish caught that day!

High quality fish such as sea urchin, Longtooth grouper, and Puffer fish are inexpensive, and all the ingredients are big, fresh, and really tasty! It was a fish heaven.


Lots of sushi lined up!

They also sold a lot of fried food.

Puffer fish Milt Tempura 300 yen / Fried Shrimp 200 yen

In front of Karato Market is the Kanmon Kaikyo

It’s great to be able to enjoy luxurious sushi while looking at the ocean.

Sushi was 1,350 yen after buying all this!
Super fatty, Longtooth grouper, milt, sea urchin, Puffer fish, shore dotterel, etc. … it was too delicious.

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Karato Market, located in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is a popular market where even tourists can enjoy shopping. The specialty of the market is the “Iki-iki Bakangai,” a food stall event held every weekend (Fridays through Sundays) and on national holidays. A wide variety of sushi and seafood rice bowls are lined up, making it a great place to eat and drink. You can also eat on the surrounding benches or on the rooftop while enjoying the view of the ocean.

12:00pm Kamon Wharf(カモンワーフ)

This seaside mall is located right next to Karato Market.
The first floor was lined with souvenir stores and stores, and the second floor was lined with restaurants where visitors could enjoy Yamaguchi’s famous products.

You can find everything Shimonoseki has to offer here!

Floor Map

Convenient to ship as well.

Local Sake

A wide variety of processed sea urchin products

I think other souvenir shops also sold fresh sea urchins.

They also sold a lot of blowfish.

A great place to take a break

A cute puffer fish in front of the mall!

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Located in Karato-cho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, “Kamon Wharf” is a seaside mall overlooking the straits and next to Karato Market, with souvenir stores and stores on the first floor and restaurants serving Yamaguchi specialties on the second floor. The second floor is lined with restaurants where you can enjoy Yamaguchi’s specialties.

12:40pm Akama Jingu Shrine(赤間神宮)

Located less than a 10-minute walk from Karato Market, this is a very unusual shrine with the sea as its approach.

The colors were red, white, and green and it looked like a dragon palace. It was very powerful and beautiful✨
The shrine is also located on a hill, so the view from the shrine is wonderful. The Kanmon Kaikyo can be seen from the shrine.

Akama Shrine (the inner shrine of Ise Shrine)

introductory sign

Suitenmon Gate

Registered Tangible Cultural Properties

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Akama Jingu Shrine, located in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is dedicated to Emperor Antoku. The beautiful Suitenmon Gate, which is reminiscent of the Dragon’s Palace, is impressive, and the view of the Kanmon Straits is spectacular.

1:00pm uzuhouse

Located right in front of Akama Jingu Shrine, this guesthouse and cafe was renovated from a former ryotei (Japanese-style restaurant). I used the cafe this time.

The atmosphere of the cafe is chic and stylish! There is also a terrace from which you can enjoy a great view.
The view of the Kanmon Kaikyo can be seen.

It is also a great place to take a break near Karato Market!


Cafe Use

The view is spectacular~!

Events in the store

Dessert Menu


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Located in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, “uzu house” is a guesthouse right in front of Akama Jingu Shrine. Renovated from a kappo-ryokan, it has a chic and stylish atmosphere. The terrace of the attached cafe offers a view of the Kanmon Straits. Popular tourist spots such as Karato Market and Kaikyokan are within walking distance for convenient access.

1:45pm Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel Entrance (Shimonoseki side)

This is the entrance to an undersea tunnel that connects Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and Mojiko Port, Fukuoka Prefecture, through which people can walk.
It is 780 meters long, so a normal walk would take about 10 minutes.

The border between Yamaguchi and Fukuoka prefectures is located in this tunnel, making it a rather unusual experience!

Pedestrians can pass through for free and bicycles and mopeds for 20 yen.

prefectural border


fee box

looking on from the side of Moji

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Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel Entrance (Shimonoseki side) , located in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is a pedestrian undersea tunnel connecting Yamaguchi and Fukuoka Prefectures. It is 780 meters long and can be walked through. Inside the tunnel is the border between Yamaguchi and Fukuoka Prefectures, providing an unusual experience. Pedestrians can pass through for free, but bicycles and motorized vehicles must pay 20 yen.

Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel Entrance (Moji side)

Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel Entrance Mojiko port side.
It usually takes about 10 minutes to get through, but I had plenty of fun at the prefectural border, so I was at the bottom of the ocean for about 30 minutes, lol.


I was very excited to see the blue sea!

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The Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel Entrance (Moji side), located in Moji, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, is a pedestrian undersea tunnel connecting Fukuoka Prefecture and Yamaguchi Prefecture. Located on the Moji Port side, it takes about 10 minutes to walk through. There are many sightseeing spots in the vicinity, and it is well known by the locals.

2:45pm Mojiko Port Retro(門司港レトロ)

Mojiko Port Retro features a row of Taisho retro buildings.
It has a non-Japanese atmosphere, and it’s fun just to wander around ✨.

Former Moji Zeikan

Surrounding Views

Kaikyo Plaza

A commercial facility where you can shop for souvenirs and other items.


Mojiko port Cider

One of the largest splash bridges in Japan dedicated to pedestrians

Blue Wing Moji seems to be recognized as a “holy place for lovers” that couples will be happy if they cross it together.
The bridge goes up six times a day, and I was able to see it at the right time!

I crossed over.

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Mojiko port Retro, located in Moji-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, is a tourist spot with cafes, restaurants, and stores. The atmospheric buildings constructed from the Meiji period to the early Showa period still remain, and the nostalgic atmosphere of the town is very attractive.

Starbucks Coffee Mojiko port Station(スターバックスコーヒー 門司港駅店)

This Starbucks is located in Mojiko port Station Building.
Mojiko Station is also a Taisho-chic building and is a National Important Cultural Property ✨

Visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of a Taisho era waiting room.

Mojiko port Station Building

Fukuoka limited Frappuccino


Successive Logo Marks

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Starbucks Coffee Mojiko port Station Store, located in Moji-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, is a coffee shop chain located in the Mojiko Station Building. The building is a reproduction of a Taisho era waiting room, a space that incorporates the history and status quo of railroads and steel manufacturing.

4:00pm Kanmon-Kisen Moji Port boarding point(関門汽船 門司港乗り場)

Moji⇔Shimonoseki can be reached by ferry.
There are two to three sailings per hour and each trip costs 400 yen.

A short boat ride of only five minutes, where you can enjoy a pleasant breeze and a spectacular view of the Kanmon Kaikyo and the Kanmonkyo Bridge!


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Located in Moji Ward, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, the Kanmon Kisen Moji Port Terminal is where you can take a ferry between Moji and Shimonoseki. 2 to 3 ferries depart every hour for 400 yen each way. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Kanmon Kaikyo and Kanmonkyo Bridge while enjoying the short boat ride of only 5 minutes. When visiting Mojiko port, be sure to take a trip to Shimonoseki by ferry.

5:26pm Shimonoseki Station(下関駅)

There is a large commercial center in front of the station and a souvenir shop and supermarket on the premises.

red train

Note that IC cards are not accepted when riding the red train!

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Shimonoseki Station is located in Takezaki-cho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It is a stop on the West Japan Railway Sanyo Main Line and Kyushu Railway Sanyo Main Line, and is located at the westernmost point of Honshu. There is a large commercial complex in front of the station, and there are also souvenir shops and supermarkets on the premises. Shimonoseki Station is also a terminal station connecting the Sanyo Main Line running along the Seto Inland Sea side of Honshu, the Sanin Main Line running along the Sea of Japan coast, and Honshu and Kyushu.

6:10pm Kogushi Station(小串駅)

The station is unmanned, but cabs will come when you call them.

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Kogushi Station, located in Toyoura-cho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is a station on the San’in Line of the West Japan Railway Company (JR West). It is an unmanned station, but cabs will come if you call them by phone.

6:05pm Fukutoku Inari jinja Shrine(Fukutoku Inari zinja Shrine )

The shrine is a 5-minute drive from Kogushi Station.
The vermilion and green are very beautiful and fantastic.
There were also One Thousand Torii.

Located on a hill by the sea, the view is spectacular✨
The sunset time is also said to be very beautiful…!


One Thousand Torii

Passing through with a wish

Beautiful scenery, too.

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Located in Isaki-cho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, about 5 minutes by car from Kogushi Station, the Fukutoku Inari jinja Shrine features a fantastic atmosphere with a beautiful harmony of vermilion and green. It also has One Thousand Torii and is located on a hill by the sea, making the view spectacular. It is reputed to be an especially beautiful sight at sunset.

8:00pm Mannaoshi(まんなおし)

Shimonoseki’s famous popular izakaya where you can enjoy delicious seafood.
The restaurant has counter, table, and tatami room seating, and was busy throughout. It is safer to make a reservation!

I made my whale tail meat and fillet sake debut here.
They are also very Japanese fan lobsters, but they were sold out that day…you should definitely order them if they are available!

Incidentally, there are no prices written on the menu here, which makes me somewhat uneasy, but it was about 3,400 yen for a full meal and drinks! Everything is delicious, but I recommend that you go with more than one person because the portions are very large!


Beer 500 yen / Assorted sashimi 350 yen

Whale tail meat 700 yen

pufferfish fin wine

Poker-chip Venus

winged fspicy pollack roe

Sake Menu

Food Menu

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Mannaoshi, located in Imaura-cho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is a popular izakaya with delicious seafood dishes. It has counter, table, and tatami room seating, and reservations are required as it is a busy place. Famous for its whale tail meat and Japanese fan lobsters, all dishes are delicious and the portions are large, so it is recommended to go with more than one person.

8:00am Market Restaurant Yoshi(市場食堂 よし)

On the second day, we went to Karato Market again. Breakfast was served at a restaurant in the market that is open from morning.
I went there to eat Puffer fish sashimi! You can enjoy Puffer fish at a reasonable price.

I had the fugu sashimi set meal, which came with boiled bones of fish. The puffer fish was very tasty!
The boiled bones of fish is also sweet and spicy, and the rice goes well with it.

The staff was friendly and the restaurant was a wonderful place to eat.

Puffer fish sashimi set meal 1,200 yen

sashimi of Puffer fish




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Market Restaurant Yoshi, located in Karato-cho, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is a long-established restaurant on the second floor of Karato Market. Puffer fish dishes are especially popular, and we recommend the Puffer fish Sashimi Set Meal and the Puffer fish Sashimi Set Meal with boiled bones of fish. The restaurant has counter seating with a view of the sea, and is open from morning, making it the perfect place for a luxurious breakfast.

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