Shimonoseki is most known for it`s Pufferfish. While Pufferfish has a dangerous reputation due to the danger of poising if cut improperly, it is perfectly safe to eat as chefs are required to get extensive training to prepare. Shimonoseki catches the most Pufferfish in Japan. There is a good Simpson’s episode where Homer tries Pufferfish and like him you will be perfectly fine if you eat it. The city is also famous for its fresh seafood like anglerfish, sea urchins, and Swordtip squid. Go to Karato Market to try all different kinds of fresh seafood. Just keep in mind, this market can become very crowded but the high quality and reasonably priced food makes up for it.
How to Get there
If you use the Shinkansen, you can visit the city in an hour and a half from Hiroshima Station and two hours from Okayama Station by using the Shinkansen to Yamaguchi and then taking a normal train for the rest of the way. The city is also very close to Fukuoka prefecture on the island of Kyushu if you are interested in exploring the Kyushu region as well.