The video is a story of a couple who find out that they are getting a baby, and they visit Hikari City, the birthplace of the husband. The video shows the good things about Hikari City from the point of view of the local citizens. These include the beautiful evening sun that stretches out at the coast, and the nature where you can feel all the four seasons.
Hikari City is located in the south-eastern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture. The city faces the Seto Inland Sea from the west to the south. The city has been blessed with very pleasant conditions, as it has mild climate, and it is one of the cities with most hours of sunshine in Japan. The name of the city is thought to come from Mitsui River that runs through the city. Before the war, there was also a navy facility called “Hikari Kaigun Kosho” (Hikari Naval Arsenal) in the city, which is why it came to be called Hikari Town, and later Hikari City. Hikari City has a campaign called “Oppai City Declaration”, which aims to build an environment where it is easy to raise a child. The confectionary company Kanro was established in Hikari City, and even today they have a factory inside the town.
Access to Hikari City
Arriving by plane:
Approx. 1 hour and 40 min. from Haneda Airport to Yamaguchi Ube Airport, then approx. 10 minutes by foot to Kusae Station, and finally approx. 2 hours and 30 min. from Kusae Station to Hikari Station via the Ube Line.
Arriving by train:
Approx. 4 hour 20 min. from Tokyo Station to Tokuyama Station by a Shinkansen train, and then approx. 15 min. from Tokuyama Station to Hikari Station via JR Sanyo Main Line.
Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Hikari City
Nijigahama Beach Resort
This place has been selected as one of Japan’s 100 best beaches, and it is a famous seaside resort in western Japan. White sand and lush green pine trees stretch out for 2.4 km on the beautiful coast, pleasing the people who are coming to swim at the resort. On summer nights the beach gets illuminated, and you can enjoy a magical atmosphere with a pleasant sea breeze blowing.
Murozumi Beach Resort
Equally as good resort as Nijigahama Beach Resort is Murozumi Beach resort, which is known for its clean water. It has a coast that makes an around 5 km, gentle arc.
Ko Ito Memorial Park
Hikari City is also the birthplace of the first Prime Minister of Japan, Hirobumi Ito. Within the premises of this park is the house where he was born, and a museum with images and relics that display his achievements. The museum, which is an old mansion, is built in western style, and was designed by Ito himself.
Famous Must-see Events To See When Visiting Hikari City
The illuminated beach
This is an event that is held from July until August at Nijigahama Beach Resort, which we introduced above. Computer-programmed lights are set up on the beach, and they light up the beach in rainbow colors in the evening.
Ume Matsuri (Plum Blossom Festival)
Kanmuriyama Park has a plum orchard with around 2000 trees of 100 different varieties that blossom in full glory. Ume Matsuri is held at this popular park, which is in a perfect location to have a panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea. The festival is held from the middle of February until the middle of March. Especially on the weekends, there are stage events, stalls and flea market that you can enjoy.
Mild climate and beautiful sea. Hikari City, which raised an eminent person who became a historic figure in Japanese history, invites us in with a heart as big as the sea.
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