[:en]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 There are not just historical documents but Japanese armor, swords, battle gears, and equipments all showing how Mōri clan lived in splendor.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.

 [:ja]都会の暮らしに疲れた男性が主人公。連休を利用して防府市に帰り、昔の友人達と話しながら、防府市のいいところに気づいていきます。自動車関連工場があること、有名な神社があることなどが紹介されています。

 

 

山口県の中南部に位置する防府市は、南を瀬戸内海に面しており、海沿いから広がる平野部に市街地が形成されています。橋で陸続きになっている向島など、瀬戸内海に浮かぶ3つの島も防府市に属しています。地名の由来は「周防国の国府(すおうこくのこくふ)」で、かつて山口県南部にあった周防国の中心地として栄えてきました。江戸時代には海沿いに塩田が広がっていましたが、現在では工場や商業施設が立ち並びます。

 

防府市へのアクセス

 

飛行機の場合:
羽田空港から山口宇部空港まで約1時間35分。徒歩で山口宇部空港から草江駅まで約10分。JR宇部線の各駅停車で草江駅から新山口駅まで40分。JR山陽本線の各駅停車で新山口駅から防府駅まで約15分。

電車の場合:
新幹線で東京駅から新山口駅まで約4時間30分。車で新山口駅から市街地まで約30分。

 

防府市に来たら!絶対行くべきスポット

防府天満宮
学問の神様として知られる菅原道真を祀る天満宮は、日本の全国各地にあります。防府天満宮は道真が亡くなった次の年の904年に建てられた、「日本で最初の天満宮」とされており、太宰府天満宮、北野天満宮と並ぶ、「三大天満宮」と言われています。季節の行事ごとに多くの参拝客、観光客が訪れます。もちろん学業成就を願う人々も多く参拝します。

 

毛利氏庭園・博物館
かつてこの地を治めた毛利氏が、1916年に建設した邸宅跡です。広大な庭園の中には、モミジやウメ、サクラなど季節ごとの花が色とりどりに咲き誇ります。邸宅の建物はそのまま残っており、毛利氏に関連する貴重な資料が展示されています。古文書のほか、甲冑や刀剣、武具、調度品の数々は、毛利氏の栄華を示すものとして貴重な品々です。四季山水図を始め、4点の国宝が収蔵されており、イベントなどで公開されることもあります。

 

防府市に来たら!絶対食べるべきフード

 

天神鱧(てんじんはも)
佐波川から流れ込む豊かな栄養と浅く広がる海は、ハモの産卵に適しており、古くからハモ漁が盛んに行われてきました。小骨が多いハモを美味しくいただくため、「骨切り」という伝統の技で職人たちが調理します。刺し身にしても、鍋に入れても美味しい、防府を代表する味覚です。

 

歴史好きにとっては魅力のある観光スポットを抱えた、ロマンあふれる都市です。

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