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3-Day Model Trip FOCUS / Ruriko-ji Temple

3-Day Model Trip FOCUS / Setouchi / Ruriko-ji Temple

This is a 31.2 m pagoda in the north of Yamaguchi City, the administrative center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, and is a designated National Treasure. It was built as an act of mourning by the younger brother of a feudal lord who died in battle in the 15th century. The balance is just right between the gracefully curving roof of the fifth tier and a tower that gets thinner as it gets higher. It is one of the most beautiful of the fifty-five five-tier pagodas in Japan. At night it is lit up, and shows off a different kind of beauty to the daytime. To get to Ruriko-ji Temple, take a bus for 4 minutes from JR Yamaguchi Station, get out at Kenchomae bus stop, and walk for 13 minutes.