Among the sites are the St Francis Xavier Memorial Church, which features a museum chronicling the life of Xavier, who once visited the area, and Japan's communities of secret Christians.
The church is located in a large park criss-crossed by a few roads and also containing prefectural, history, and art museums.
Just north of the park area is perhaps Yamaguchi's landmark attraction, Rurikoji, a Soto Zen temple featuring a 600 year old pagoda, lovingly displayed in a manicured garden surrounding a large pond.
Giant juzu (rosary)
An altar for mizuko
Just beyond that is Joeiji, a Rinzai temple with a sculpted garden, where Mutsumi and I took our picnic lunch.
The town is loaded with shrines, including the prefectural shrine of the war dead, Gokoku Jinja.
Rental bicycles are available at Yamaguchi station and make a comfortable and convenient way to see the city. Some of you know that Mutsumi is not too comfortable on two wheels, but she did a marvelous job yesterday (except for scraping her elbow on a tunnel wall) and seems ready to start riding in Fukuoka.
Altogether a lovely day, a tasty sample of Japan before heading off to Nepal next Tuesday.