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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Ruriko-ji TempleYamaguchi

Ruriko-ji originated when the 16th century samurai Ouchi Yoshihiro built Koshaku-ji as the temple for holding memorial services for members of his family. In 1442, a five-storied pagoda, a type of architecture that has existed in Japan since ancient times, was built by Morimi, Yoshihiros younger brother, in memory of Yoshihiro. Mori Terumoto, who ruled this region after the decline of the Ouchi family, brought Koshaku-ji with him when he moved to a different place, leaving behind only the five-storied pagoda. In 1690, a temple named Ruriko-ji, which was located somewhere else, was moved to the location of the five-storied pagoda. This temple has been here ever since.The five-storied pagoda stands approximately 31 m high. Its wide, overhanging roof is distinguished for its gentle slope. One of the oldest five-storied pagodas in Japan, it is designated as a National Treasure. This pagoda is considered one of the most excellent buildings of the 15th and 16th centuries.'
Address & Access
Address: 7-1 Kozan-cho, Yamaguchi-shi, Yamaguchi
Admission Fee: Free in the temple precincts
JR Yamaguchi Stn./Bus/5-min. ride/Kencho-mae Stop/5-min. walk