AT#743 - Travel to the Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
Talks about castles and water polls samurai and sushi gates and temples as we go to the yamaguchi prefecture in japan. Welcome to the mature traveler. I'm your host chris christensen. Let's talk about yamaguchi. I'd like to welcome the show. Corinne devon who has come to us to talk to about the yamaguchi prefecture in japan crin. Welcome to the shell alter for having me crazy. I am delighted to be here when we should say i. What is your connection with the area of japan. We're talking about so. I am actually a united states naval officer and this is actually my second tour in japan. My first tour brought me to the kanazawa prefecture at the naval station. Yokosuka and this time. I of come down to kuni which is located in the yamaguchi picture with the marine corps station. It will kuni and so these are my views. Not the views of the department offense. But i simply want to share with your listeners. A part of japan. That i feel most people don't know much about that has a lot of beauty and hidden gems that i cannot wait to share with your audience on the show. We don't know that the marine corps even has views on what you should see as a tourist. I think people are willing to take your word for that and can you put us on a map. We that we've gone down to so we've given some indication that you're in more southern japan than we were two weeks ago for instance when we talked about the to hukou premature at the top of the main island so if you look at the country japan. The country itself is probably the size of about california with a third of the population of the united states. Just to give you an idea. And so it. Though it's very densely populated the country of japan is very well organized. And if you look at the map it's made four major islands. Hokkaido honshu kyushu and honshu is the largest of the four islands. And if you look on a map and go to the very southern most western most of main island japan boring here shema in shimagami and they're also east of fukuoka issue that is where you'll find the prefecture and what's unique about it. Being at the southern end most western most part of main island. Japan is actually surrounded by the japan. See the co inland sea and the bookie and it's a very long coastline. That just shows you've got emerald green ocean you've got lots of sandy beaches very incredible views of cliffs and there is also a collection they've even smaller islands surrounded so for your people who love the national parks in the us who love being connected with nature. This is the prefecture for you. And i'll continue telling here in a moment. I think you just answered my question of. Why should you go. Is there anything you want to add to that. Well i guess. Japan is very spread out and even though it is a dense country. This area you're going to feel like you're getting away from the urban so in the yamaguchi prefecture. It's actually broke it up into four areas. And you've got the iwo kuni yanni which is on the easternmost side you've got the szumowski that is on the most western of the side and then the center. It's split into of where you have haji nagato and below at google and hofu any my listeners. Who are japanese or japanese american. I apologize if i butchered any of those names. I am learning japanese. But it is squishy. So i am doing my best with reading the kangxi or the hana ghana or kacha. Cada if you are flying and you are coming from tokyo which is most common entry into mainland japan. You can actually fly from the airport into either yamaguchi airport which is kind of in the center or into the kuni report which is on the most eastern side of yamaguchi which again borders very closely to the hiroshima prefecture. Now one thing to your listeners may not know is that coming into a with kuni is much more easier for americans because there is a very large marine corps station here in fact the runway the military has actually shares with the city of iwo kuni airport so if language is a concern barrier. I would definitely say you. Kuni is much more american friendly in the sense that you have a very large population here of americans about fourteen thousand to be exact. And because of the large population of americans here there is been a lot of changes and growth in the town because the language is very different and reading japanese. The three different alphabets. When it's not a shutters can be quite daunting. There is a lot of a lot of english speakers that you'll meet in this area more so than other regions of the yamaguchi prefecture. And then the only thing i wanted to add to that as you mentioned flying from haneda and just if people are not aware that's the domestic port in tokyo and so sometimes people won't fly into that airport because that airport has predominantly domestic flights. You may need to transfer from if you fly into narita. Excellent someone who on quite a bit out of her neda and arita anita has opened more international place right now during the pandemic it is challenging to say but if you were flying from los angeles new york washington c honolulu some of the major. Ken fly directly into haneda. But you are correct narita as the other airport and they do operate shuttle between the two airports. And i know that to be true because i made the mistake of being at the airport the last time i was in japan. I've actually done that.