Iwakuni Station → Yanai Station → Furuichi/Kanai District → Shin-Yamaguchi Station → Yuda Onsen → LAWAKU → Overnight stay at Yuda Onsen
On the next day, you can go from Iwakuni Station to Yanai Station to walk through the white-walled streets in the Furuichi and Kanaya districts of Yanai City. Located just 10 minutes from Yanai Station, this particular district in Yanai City feels like stepping back into the Edo Period.
The stone-paved streets are lined with white-walled merchant houses with tile roofs, specially constructed by covering the walls with mud using the dozozukiri method. During the Edo Period, it was a flourishing street called the storage room of the Iwakuni Domain. Every August, the streets come to life during the Yanai Goldfish Lantern Festival.
After exploring the white-walled townscape, you can head to Yuda Onsen in Yamaguchi City. This is where you will spend the night after exploring the area.
The hot springs in Yuda Onsen are known to have the richest water in the Sanyo region. Surrounding these healing alkaline springs is a legend about a wounded white fox who healed its body by bathing in Yuda Onsen’s hot springs.
If you don’t feel like soaking your whole body, you can try the free foot baths around town. One of the best places to go is a facility called Kitsune no Ashi Ato (Yuda Onsen Welcome Square), where you can enjoy foot baths while dressed in a traditional kimono. You’ll also find a private garden where you can try coffee, sake, and various Japanese desserts.
Close to Yuda Onsen is LAWAKU, where you can enjoy Japanese culture by making traditional Japanese sweets (nerikiri), wearing a kimono, and enjoying Japanese tea culture. There are different packages for you to choose from.