Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park 秋吉台国定公園

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Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park is a huge plateau located at the southwestern point of the island of Honshu. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in rural Yamaguchi Prefecture, both for its beauties on the surface of the earth and for the treasures buried in its soil.

The park is now a huge sea of green where grass and susuki plants hug the steep contours of the ground.

It is very visited during the summer season, especially during the fireworks festival organized on its land each year.

During winter, the park is blanketed in snow to the horizon, while on the third Sunday in February, Japan's largest yamayaki ceremony, similar to that in Nara, is held. Nearly 1,500 hectares of land were then ignited, offering an impressive spectacle.

Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park

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Beppu Benten Pond


The other gem in the park is Beppu Benten Pond. Located in the small town of Mine, this four-meter-deep little waterhole glows a gorgeous cobalt blue color that makes it look like you're seeing through glass.

The beauty of the water is only one of the peculiarities of the place, the other being the temperature of the wave which remains almost constantly at 14 degrees celsius. A popular local legend says that drinking just one glass of this water lengthens your life by a year.

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Located south of the park, it is the longest in Japan and one of the most extensive in Asia with its 8.79 kilometers of passage. A kilometer of the path is open, allowing strollers to discover a varied landscape made up of rock formations open to the sky, limestone terraces, and huge stalactites.

Not to spoil anything, the temperature is always mild there, offering a pleasant shelter when the summer sun hits the plateau too hard!


Akiyoshido Cave

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    Take a JR bus from Yamaguchi station to the Akiyoshido stop (60 min). Ticket price: 1,210 yen.

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