Main character in the video is a guy who’s tired of urban life. He starts to realize that Hofu has many charms as he visits and talks with his old friends using his holidays. The video introduces the city’s car-related factory, a famous Shinto shrine etc.

 

Hofu is located in the center of Yamaguchi prefecture, facing Seto Island Sea, and the city is located at the plains along the coast line. Three islands such as Mukojima which is connected by a bridge, located in the Seto Island Sea also belong to Hofu. The name “Hofu” comes from “Suo Province’s Kokufu (provincial capital)” which was known as a city center in southern Yamaguchi. There used to be salt pans along the coast but now there are factories and commercial facilities.

 

Access to Hofu City

By Airplane:
Approx. one hour and 35 min from Haneda airport to Yamaguchi ube airport. Approx.10min from the airport to Kusae Station. From Kusae Station to Shinyamaguchi Station is approx. 40 min by JR Ube Line local train. And from Shinyamaguchi Station to Hofu Station is approx. 15 min by JR Sanyo Main Line local train.

By Train:
Approx. four hour and 30 min from Tokyo Station to Shinyamaguchi Station by a bullet train and it is about 30 min by a car to go from Shinyamaguchi
Station to the city center.

When you come to Hofu, the places that you shouldn’t miss visiting

Hofu Temmangu Shrine
Temmangu Shines are build around Japan to worship Michizane Sugawara, known as god of learning. Hofu Temmangu Shrine is said to be “the first Temmangu Shrine in Japan” that was built in 904s which was after a year Michizane Sugawara passed away. It is referred to as the “Three Great Temmangu” along with Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Many tourists and people come here to pray for each seasonal event. And of course there are many people come here to pray for their academic achievement.

 

Mōri Clan Garden and Museum
This place is a mansion built in 1916s by Mōri clan who used to rule this area. You see many seasonal trees and flowers blooming such as Momiji, plums and cherry blossoms in its vast garden. The mansion itself still remains and it is turned into a museum where they display valuable materials of Mōri clan. There are not just historical documents but Japanese armor, swords, battle gears, and equipments all showing how Mōri clan lived in splendor. With the Four Seasons Landscape, there are four National Treasures stored here and they are occasionally displayed for events.

When you come to Onjuku-machi, some food you really should try:

Tenjin Sea Eel
The shallow ocean and the water flowing down from the Saba River are suitable for sea eels to lay their eggs and the area has been a popular sea eel fishing spot. The sea eels are cooked by the specialists using a traditional skill called “Honegiri(bone cutter)” for people to enjoy them even that they have many small bones. They symbolize the taste of Hofu and are good both raw as sashimi and cooked in a hotpot.

 

It is a city filled with roman and with features that are attractive to history lovers.