Trip with a Rent a Car in Yamaguchi pref: A summer drive tour for couples
What we'll do
This tour is perfect for a couple who want to take a drive.
Kirara Beach Yakeno is shore faces the Seto Inland Sea, and you can also swim in the ocean and enjoy marine activities here.
If you go up to the top floor of Kaikyo Yume Tower that is also known as the symbol of Shimonoseki, this is a spot where you can see the picturesque scenery from a panoramic view of the city.
Karato Ichiba Market is a must-see for people who love Japanese cuisine. You can eat sushi made from fresh seafood and seafood rice bowls at affordable prices.
In addition, you can be comforted by the marine life at the Shimonoseki Kaikyokan, and that is sure to be a place where you can feel cool during the hot summer. Lastly, enjoy the night view from the observation deck at Hinoyama Koen Park Tulip Garden.
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Yamaguchi Ube Airport Shop.
Inside the Yamaguchi Ube Airport Car Rental Terminal. (Exit the Airport Terminal, turn right, and go for 100 meters.)
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
- Price per person
- 6,325 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
Things you'll need:
-Money to buy lunch
-Transportation fees to get you to the meeting place
1Kirara Beach Yakeno
Kirara Beach Yakeno faces the Seto Inland Sea and has been designated as one of Japan's 100 Most Beautiful Sunsets. At dusk, the entire area is dyed orange, and the ocean view is indescribably beautiful. The beach itself is equipped with showers, changing rooms, and restrooms, and many people visit to swim or partake in marine sports. When the beach opens for the season, visitors can enjoy stage events such as dancing and tournaments at the Yakeno Biyu Festa. In addition, a Kite-flying contest is held in spring, testing participants' kite making and kite flying skills. With plenty of events and attractions in each season, Kirara Beach Yakeno is a great place to enjoy with friends and family.
2Kaikyo Yume Tower
Kaikyo Yume Tower is a landmark in Shimonoseki that boasts a height of 153 meters. The spherical glass dome of the observatory is said to be the world's first, and the panoramic view includes not only the Kanmon Straits, but also a spectacular view of the Seto Inland Sea, Ganryu Island, the mountains on the opposite side of Kyushu, and the Sea of Japan. The tower is a popular spot for couples to enjoy the sea shining in the evening sunset and the night view of Shimonoseki and Kyushu. A variety of nighttime illuminations are held, and the colors change depending on the season and day of the week. In the history panel on the tower's 28th floor, visitors can learn about the famous Battle of Dan-no-ura and the Duel of Ganryujima in Shimonoseki while observing the actual battlegrounds.
3Karato Ichiba Market
Karato Ichiba Market is a fish market located in Shimonoseki City on the delta of the Kanmon Straits. In the past, it played an important role as a transport hub and trading base, and it was also home to the consulates and banks of various foreign countries. The market is famous for its tai sea bream and hamachi amberjack, and there are also fish and agricultural products sold directly by the fishers and farmers, making it a treasure trove of fresh produce. On weekends and holidays, the market hosts an event for food and drinks called Iki Iki Bakangai, and the venue bustles with people in search of seasonal fish. A great place for both seafood and communication, here visitors can enjoy chatting with locals while hunting for delicious food.
Shimonoseki Kaiyokan is an aquarium that reproduces the sea life of the Kanmon Straits. At the museum is a tank of the Kanmon Straits showing the changes between high and low tide and allowing visitors to observe the movement of fish under each tide condition. The Kanmon Straits themselves are located directly behind the building, so depending on the angle, some crossing boats might be visible from the aquarium. The display of Shimonoseki's specialty, the pufferfish, has over 100 different species and is not one to pass up. The museum also hosts plenty of exciting events, including regular events, hands-on experiences on how to make soy sauce from fish, and fish-catching practice.
5Hinoyama Koen Park Tulip Garden
The Hinoyama Koen Park Tulip Garden is a highlight for flower lovers visiting Yamaguchi Prefecture. The tulip field designs change every year. In 2019 there were 9 different types of tulips arranged in lines and curves, creating a colorful sea of flowers. The garden is named after the Turkish pilot Orhan Suyolcu and is a symbol of Turkish-Japanese friendship. Located on a hill, it provides a scenic view overlooking the strait dividing the Honshu and Kyushu islands.