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Shimonoseki is a city located in the Yamaguchi Prefecture of Japan. It is situated in the southwestern part of the prefecture, facing the Kanmon Straits. The city has a population of approximately 280,000 people and is the most populated city in the prefecture.

The city of Shimonoseki is known for its seafood and is often referred to as the “Fugu (Pufferfish) Capital of Japan”. The city is also known for its traditional festivals, such as the Shimonoseki Kaikyo Festival, which is held every year in August.

The city is a major port for both domestic and international trade. It is also a major hub for the production of automobiles, electronics, and chemicals. The city is home to several universities, including the University of Shimonoseki and the Shimonoseki City University of Economics.

The city is home to many historical sites and monuments, including the Shimonoseki Castle, which was built in the 16th century and is a designated Important Cultural Property of Japan. The city is also home to the Kanmonkyo Bridge, which connects the city of Shimonoseki to Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture.

The city has a long and rich history, having been the site of several important events in Japanese history. In 1864, the city was the site of the Battle of Shimonoseki, a naval battle between Japan and the combined forces of France, Britain, and the Netherlands. The city was also the site of the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895, which ended the First Sino-Japanese War.

Today, Shimonoseki is a bustling port city, with a vibrant culture and a rich history. Its port and industrial base make it an important economic center in the region, and its historical sites and monuments make it an important cultural center.

Excursion tips for a day in Shimonoseki

As a tourist in Shimonoseki, Japan, there are plenty of exciting activities you can do in one day. Here are some ideas:

1. Visit the Karato Fish Market and explore the many stalls selling fresh seafood.
2. Take a stroll along the scenic Kaikyo Yume Tower and enjoy the stunning views of the Kanmon Strait.
3. Check out the Akama Shrine, a centuries-old shrine located on the waterfront.
4. Stop by the Shimonoseki City Museum to learn about the city's history and culture.
5. Enjoy the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the city.
6. Take a dip in the hot springs of Yumigahama Onsen.
7. Explore the nearby Kanmonkyo Bridge, one of the most iconic bridges in Japan.
8. Shop for souvenirs at the Daimaru Shimonoseki department store.
9. Take a boat tour of the Kanmon Strait and admire the stunning scenery.
10. Visit the nearby Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park and enjoy the stunning nature there.

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The climate in Shimonoseki

Shimonoseki in Japan has four distinct seasons. In the spring, the climate is mild and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. Summer is hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. During autumn, the temperature gradually cools down and the climate is pleasant with temperatures ranging from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius. In winter, the climate is cold and dry with temperatures ranging from 0 to 10 degrees Celsius.

Cruise weather for Shimonoseki

Our weather forecast for Shimonoseki helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 31.5 °C
min: 23.4 °C
9.4 m/s
19.1 m/s
63.4 %
24.0 m
86.1 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 30.6 °C
min: 24.1 °C
16.9 m/s
29.2 m/s
14.0 %
22.3 m
83.4 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 31.1 °C
min: 24.4 °C
14.0 m/s
22.0 m/s
14.1 %
24.1 m
83.0 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 32.2 °C
min: 24.3 °C
12.6 m/s
13.0 m/s
1.5 %
24.1 m
81.0 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 30.6 °C
min: 24.3 °C
16.2 m/s
34.3 m/s
42.1 %
23.4 m
81.8 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 31.2 °C
min: 25.5 °C
28.4 m/s
49.0 m/s
82.7 %
24.1 m
77.3 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 30.9 °C
min: 26.4 °C
33.5 m/s
64.4 m/s
80.5 %
24.0 m
74.1 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 26.9 °C
min: 25.2 °C
37.1 m/s
67.3 m/s
100.0 %
14.8 m
90.6 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 25.8 °C
min: 24.9 °C
29.9 m/s
47.5 m/s
100.0 %
6.6 m
98.2 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 25.7 °C
min: 24.8 °C
15.1 m/s
41.8 m/s
98.8 %
17.3 m
94.6 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 27.1 °C
min: 25 °C
9.0 m/s
25.9 m/s
99.3 %
21.0 m
92.0 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 32.1 °C
min: 24.9 °C
13.7 m/s
24.5 m/s
92.4 %
22.3 m
82.6 %
1,006 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 31.7 °C
min: 24.9 °C
29.3 m/s
51.8 m/s
56.5 %
24.1 m
81.3 %
1,008 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 31.2 °C
min: 26 °C
30.2 m/s
52.6 m/s
68.0 %
24.1 m
78.0 %
1,011 hPa

Cruises to Shimonoseki

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Scheduled ship calls in Shimonoseki, Japan
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Apr. 3rd 2025 Thursday, 3rd of Apr. 2025 Seabourn Quest 08:00 am 06:00 pm

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