This year the Golden Week in Japan was a 10 day stretch of holidays due to the New emperor ascending to the throne and the change of eras from Heisei to Reiwa. For 3 of those days I went on a multiplayer road trip around the southern tip of Japan’s main island and passed through Shimane (my home prefecture), Tottori, Hiroshima and the main highlight – Yamaguchi. The main stop was Rurikoji.
Yamaguchi deserves its name (Mouth of the Mountain); it’s such a beautiful, lush, green and mountainous prefecture – the perfect spot to sight-see after winter. My favourite spot we stopped at was Rurikoji Temple (瑠璃光寺, Rurikōji). Rurikoji was built in 1442 and is a Buddhist temple with a five-storied pagoda designated a national treasure of Japan. Surrounding the temple is Kozan Park which was such a joy to explore in perfect weather. I didn’t visit the museum or the tea house on the grounds but maybe I will in a future revisit.
I shall return
I am usually not fond of visiting temples and shrines in Japan as there are so many that sometimes it feels like more of the same with a slight twist to the backstory. Rurikoji Temple wasn’t, and is definitely worth a visit. There is so much I didn’t get to to see and do in Yamaguchi so I definitely want to go back. Have you visited or want to visit any spots in Yamaguchi? Leave a comment below and tell me where or tweet me @Jamaipanese.
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.