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Address: | Gofukumachi, Minamifuruhagimachi, Hagi 758-0001, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 838-25-3139

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Old Japan preserved

In front of the old castle have been maintained and/or restored the quarters of the Daimyo's retainers. The senior Samurais (buke houses). They are beautiful to look at and many... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 February 2016
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Placitas, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Hagi was a minor fishing port until 1604 when a castle was built and some of the Mori samurai helped spark off the anti-Tokugawa revolt. Now the castle ruins are there and Hagi is best known for its 400 year old pottery making tradition.

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Whittier, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

This place is interesting if you follow/know the history of the Samurai, as a first time learner (disclosure) I found it interesting but not something I would visit again. The town itself is very calm and peaceful with beautiful scenery but the houses are "too touristy" for my likings.

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Sao Paulo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

In front of the old castle have been maintained and/or restored the quarters of the Daimyo's retainers. The senior Samurais (buke houses). They are beautiful to look at and many now house pottery shops or cafes. You should not miss this while in Hagi. A sightseeing bus serving a fixed loop will take you there for just 100¥. (There is... More 

2 Thank AhasverSaoPaulo
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

This was the center of the Meiji Restoration (one of the biggest monument of Japanese History) which produced many people who made the beginning of modern Japan. When Japanese people visit Hagi, we think about the people who were involved in the"Meji Restoration" who died very young.

1 Thank あままま2015
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

It is nice to stroll around. Bike. Stop wherever you want. Meet people. Drink tee with them. See how samurai lived.

1 Thank 485majci
Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2015

The castle town is a quiet area with little to offer along each small attraction. Many buildings seem a mix between refurbished and reconstructed, and old and dilapidated. While we had visited during the Golden Week and hence were expecting a crowd, the place was surprisingly empty. Places of interest are signposted in English, though. I would probably agree with... More 

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Seto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

Located very closed to the sea, you smell sea and oranges in walking around this historical town. There are many historical venues like samurai residences, temples, parks and narrow streets which are simply reserved by the people of the Hagi community. With a free map distributed at hotels and souvenir shops, you will not get lost.

3 Thank Michiquita4
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015

We visited the castle after walking to the beach just on dusk. The only birds around were crows which gave a bit of a Hitchcock feel. The moat surrounding the ruins of the castle was full of terrapins which seemed to stalk us as we walked. And no they can't get out.

1 Thank flathead53
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

What an experience. Hagi Castle is an extensive fortification and site of one of the most powerful Japanese clans from the 1800's. The actual castle was destroyed, not in war but in peace, so it could not be used as a focal point for dissent after the Meji Restoration, but just walking around inside the walls and grounds gives a... More 

2 Thank RJJCNZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

This is my favorite spot to visit in Japan. I consider it the most beautiful place to visit. The old castle site is now a park. Inside the park there were sculpture that claimed international fame. The beach is calming and beautiful. The bus ride to Hagi took us through an amazing forest as if a place Totoro would live.... More 

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