Discover two cities facing each other across the Kanmon Straits, an ocean passage that divides yet connects Honshu and Kyushu.
1h 30 min plane ride from Tokyo, then 75 mins by bus. Also easy to reach by bullet train or car.
The ports of Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi Pref.) and Moji (Fukuoka Pref.) are deeply linked by culture and history. Our reporter finds succulent sushi at Karato Market in Shimonoseki, then musters the courage to try an expensive local delicacy - the infamous pufferfish.
From JR Shimonoseki Sta.
Kaikyo Yume Tower
7 mins on foot
10 mins by bus
10 mins by car
15 mins by car
Later she crosses the undersea tunnel to tour the 100-year-old historic buildings of Moji, and visits a local gallery to watch young artists at work.
From Mojiko Sta.
Old Moji Mitsui Club
3 mins on foot
Mojiko Art Research Center
6 mins on foot
Kanmon Straits Fireworks Festival
Yearly on August 13
Short walk from Moji Port & 15 mins from JR Shimonoseki Sta.
The Shikoku Pilgrimage
Correspondent: David Morton
Our correspondent shares insider advice on walking the 88-temple Shikoku Pilgrimage, where background and status disappear.
He visits temple No. 22, Byodo-ji, whose main deity is said to cure all kinds of illness, then stops by a lodge maintained by locals specifically for use by pilgrims.