Rurikoji Temple in the north of Yamaguchi city is well-known for it beautifully shaped five-story pagoda. The 31m-tall pagoda dates from the 15th century and has its roofs thatched with cypress bark, magnificently curved, to be considered one of Japan's top three pagodas, along with Horyuji Temple in Nara and Daigoji Temple in Kyoto. A museum in the precincts exhibits miniature replicas of major pagodas throughout Japan.
The main hall is dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai (medicine Buddha) and holds numerous sutras and Buddhist artworks. The temple's garden is a popular flower viewing spot, with apricot and cherry blossoms in full bloom in the spring. The temple's buildings are lit up everyday from sunset to 11pm. It is a 10-minute bus ride from JR Yamaguchi Station.
Purposecherry blossom viewing,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Fukuoka Airport (about 115.1km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.02 months ago
Dismayed to hear some people state it’s overrated. If it’s not your cup of tea to enjoy temples, shrines, architecture and traditional gardens-don’t visit it and go to your karaoke bar instead. This is considered a National Treasure in Japan and it’s a magnificent sight to behold.
We went during the fall (late November) when the leaves were undergoing a change, but it must just be as breathtaking during the other seasons and sakura time.
A lot of people go running in this neighborhood, and with the tranquil surroundings, I would love to join them as well (there was a race of some sort when we visited as well).
Spacious parking lot across from the temple ground entrance. If you have a goshuincho, they do stamps here as well.
5.05 months ago
This temple is all neat. Very peaceful here. There is a covered place to sit and relax. Public bathrooms are available too.
4.0a year ago
It's a good tourist attraction. Five story pagodas are rare and Japan and this is a beautiful one.
5.0a year ago
Immaculately keep grounds and a memorial visit to one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Japan
5.0a year ago
Serenity is the right word for this place