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The National Treasure Rurikoji Temple

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The changing beauty of the building throughout the four seasons

Yamaguchi City



The Rurikoji Temple 5-storied pagoda is considered to be the most outstanding building of the Muromachi period (1336-1573) and has been designated as a national treasure. It is the 10th oldest pagoda in Japan and is considered one of the three most beautiful pagodas in Japan. Ouchi Moriharu, the most prosperous feudal lord in western Japan, built this pagoda in 1442 during the Muromachi period in order to mourn his deceased older brother Yoshihiro.


The beauty of this building changes from season to season. You can see cherry blossoms in spring, lush foliage in summer, colored leaves in autumn, and snowy scenery in winter. After sunset, the pagodas are illuminated until 10 p.m. and display a different kind of splendor than they do during the day.



In late September, candles light up the 5-story pagoda for the Yurameki (swaying of the candle light) corridor event. Around 1000 candlelights are lit and you can enjoy the fantastic view. In 2022, it will be held on September 17th and 24th.
The temple is located in Kozan park and is a beautiful must-see for any travelers visiting Yamaguchi Prefecture.




How to get there


From Shin-Yamaguchi, take the JR Yamaguchi Line to Yamaguchi station (about 30 minutes), and take the Bocho bus to Yamaguchi Kencho-mae. From there, walk for 8 minutes.


7-1 Kozan-cho, Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi-ken



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