The video features struggling agents who have been sent to Tōkyō to advertise the charm of Kaminoseki Town. As the agents passionately try to talk about Kaminoseki Town to the people in Tōkyō, they themselves come to realize just how charming the town is. When you look at the facial expressions of people who try the special pufferfish from Kaminoseki Town, you can’t help but try it yourself.
Kaminoseki Town, located in the south-eastern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture, is made up of the southernmost tip of the Murotsu peninsula, as well as many islands like Iwai Island and Ya Island. The town has a mild climate, because it is almost completely surrounded by the Seto Inland Sea. The town name has the same origin as Shimonoseki Town, also located in the Yamaguchi Prefecture. The name comes from the fact that both towns used to be places where ship freight was inspected at the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. The town has prospered as a place of sea traffic since long time ago, and today it is also known for its beautiful scenery.
Access to Kaminoseki Town
Arriving by plane:
Approx. 1 hour 40 min. from Haneda Airport to Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, and then approx. 1 hour 20 min. to Kaminoseki Town by a car.
Arriving by train:
Approx. 4 hours 15 min. from Tōkyō Station to Tokuyama Station by a Shinkansen train, then approx. 40 min. from Tokuyama Station to Yanaiminato Station via JR Sanyō Main Line, and finally approx. 35 min. from Yanai Port to Kaminoseki Port.
Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Kaminoseki Town
A seaside resort that faces a bay with calm waves. Many beachgoers visit this popular place for its clear water, and the mountain scenery. Outside summer season, you can enjoy camping and do barbecue at the beach.
Shiroyama Historical Park
A park located on the former site of Kaminoseki castle, which was built by Murakami clan, a clan of pirates who were active in the whole Seto Inland Sea until the Sengoku period. Since the park is located on a slightly elevated ground, you can view the picturesque scenery of the Seto Inland Sea. Many people visit the park to view the Kawazu cherry blossoms that are in full bloom from the end of February until the end of March, together with the promenade decorated with narcissus flowers.
Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Kaminoseki Town
When someone mentions pufferfish, people think of Shimonoseki City, but the pufferfish dishes of Kaminoseki Town are also very well known. Usually the pufferfish is so thinly sliced that you can see the design of the plate through it. However, Kaminoseki Town has a characteristic pufferfish that is sliced quite thick, and because of that, it is very filling. Luxurious pufferfish like this can only be found in Kaminoseki Town.
Famous Must-see Festivals To See When Visiting Kaminoseki Town
An event that has been held on Iwai Island once every four years since 886. Kagura (a type of Shinto theatretical dance) is presented at Imibetsu Shrine in Oita Prefecture for five days. Plenty of boats decorated with fisherman’s flags come to greet people on the island. The amount of people who visit the island to participate in the festival is higher than the population of the island, and the whole island gets lively.
Kaminoseki Town is a lovely town surrounded by sea, where the water is clean, and where you can enjoy delicious pufferfish.
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