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Rurikoji Temple

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Rurikoji Temple

The five-storied pagoda and designated national treasure of Rurikoji Temple was built in 1442 and stands as one of three most famous pagodas’ of Japan alongside Daigoji and Horyuji Temple. Located within the Kozan Park, the ancient temple halls blends in with the scenic background perfectly, especially popular for viewing autumn leaves in Yamaguchi City among the spiritual atmosphere presented at this location. A small museum exhibits modeled pagoda towers of Japan, with explanation about varies designs and uniqueness of each type. The burial site of the Mori clan, who ruled over the area during the Edo Period, is another landmark in this park attracting thousands of visitors both domestic and international to visit each year. Other historical buildings such as the Chinryutei tea house, a location where the last samurai warriors of Japan held secret meetings towards the plan to overthrow the Edo Shogunate. The venue is available for guests to view its traditional Japanese style rooms filled with tatami mats on the second floor, while visitors can learn more from the exhibits about the historical heros of Japan including Saigo Takamori, Okubo Toshimichi, Komatsu Kiyokado and Ito Hirobumi who contributed to the success of the Meiji Revolution in Japan.