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
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5.02 weeks ago
This temple is all neat. Very peaceful here. There is a covered place to sit and relax. Public bathrooms are available too.
3.0a year ago
It is quite overrated. The structure is nice and unique but don't plan on spending much time there. The atmosphere isn't as spectacular as some of the other attractions.
4.0a year ago
good place to feel japanease culture in Yamaguchi
4.0a year ago
Nice place for a short stop. Beautiful place to take photos of the pagoda. The nearby temple offers a place for seeing Japanese Buddhist rituals/offerings.
5.0a year ago
Historical temple with beautiful scenery. Worth a visit especially with cherry blossoms in spring