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Temple Spots in Yamaguchi Area

  • Kozanji Temple
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Choufukawabata 1-2-3
    "This is a Soto sect temple in Shimonoseki City and the statue of ""Senju Kannon Bodhisattva"" is revered as the main idol of worship. The temple was established in 1327, and was designated as a national treasure during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) as an example of Zen Buddhist architecture. It is also known as a place of many historical events. There is a statue of Takasugi Shinsaku on horseback in the precincts and the temple loved by history fans."

    Located in Chofu castle town, a place with long Japan history. It is about 25-minute bus ride from the Shimonoseki train station. Impressive wooden gate and nice temple grounds.

  • Zuiunbanzeisan Taineigokokuzenji Temple
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    23 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Nagatoshi Fukawayumoto 1074
    "This is a temple of the Soto sect of Buddhism, revering ""Shaka-nyorai"" as the main idol of worship, located in Nagato city, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and founded in 1410. It was proud of its prosperity which was said to have been the Western Koya (a famous Buddhist sacred place). It was also known as the place of the fall of the Ouchi clan which lead Yamaguchi to great wealth during the Muromachi period (1336–1573). The main hall is designated as an important cultural property of Yamaguchi Prefecture, and it is well known as a spot to view cherry blossom in spring and autumn leaves in the autumn."

    長門湯本温泉から、西の向かう道を川沿いに進むと、やがて、右手に現れる。ゆっくりとした山間の温泉地の散歩コース。

  • The Five-storeyed Pagoda of the Ruriko-ji Temple (a National Treasure)
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Kouzanchou 7-1 Inside of Kayama Park
    This is a five-tier pagoda located within Kozan Park in Yamaguchi City. The cypress shingled roofs of this pagoda, artistically stretching and decreasing in size, up to the highest tier make for a well-proportioned elegant tower. This pagoda is named one of the Top 3 most beautiful pagodas in Japan. Erected around 1442, at the height of the Ouchi culture, it is a masterpiece of the time, and a designated National Treasure. The tower is 31.2 meters in height. Set against the natural backdrop of each season, cherry blossoms, fall foliage, or snow, the pagoda is a picturesque sight. The night lit profile is also a must see.
  • Toshun-ji Temple
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    25 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Mizunouechou 5-27
    Located in the Mizunoue district of Yamaguchi City, the Toshun-ji Temple is famous as the Bodai-ji (family temple) of the warlord Mori Motanari. It was also formerly the site of the Kokusei-ji Temple built by Ouchi Morimi (a Muromachi era warlord); one remaining vestige of this older temple is the Sanmon gate, which is built in the Shikyaku-mon style (with four supporting pillars and a gabled roof), and which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property. The Toshun-ji Temple was originally constructed within Yoshida Castle in the Akinokuni domain in 1572, but was subsequently relocated several times as the regions controlled by the Mori family changed; the Temple was finally moved to its present site in 1868. Like the Sanmon gate, the Temple’s Kannon-do hall has also been designated as an Important Cultural Property; the hall, which was relocated here from the Taki-no-kannon-ji Temple (a temple associated with the Ouchi family), features beautiful Chinese-style architecture including a Katomado window and a Sankarado paneled wooden door. Worshippers at the Temple are greeted by Chief Priest “Maru”, a dog who has become a media sensation.

    1) 在欣賞完著名的琉璃光寺及五重塔後,可以去看一看附近的洞春寺; 2) 洞春寺是戰國大名毛利元就的菩提寺; 3) 洞春寺的山門和觀音堂被列為重要文化財。

  • The Sesshu Garden at Joei-ji Temple
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    73 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Miyanoshimo 2001-1
    According to tradition, the Sesshu Garden was designed around 500 years ago by the famous painter-monk Sesshu Toyo as the garden for what was then the villa of the local lord Ouchi Masahiro. A temple was later built on the site of the villa. The Sesshu Garden is located on the north side of the Hon-do (Main Hall) of the temple, the name of which was changed from the Myoki-ji Temple to the Joei-ji Temple. The Garden has been designated as a National Historic Site and as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. This traditional Japanese-style garden with forested hills behind it on the eastern, western and northern sides features a pond with four artificial islands in it, surrounded by carefully-arranged rocks and a “dry waterfall” of stones; visitors get a real sense of the culture of the Muromachi period when the garden was built.

    If you have the time, it is worth a visit. We went on a rainy day so no one was there. We had the garden to ourselves. I would like to visit it again on a sunny day so I can walk up the hill further...

  • Toko-ji Temple
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    4.5
    82 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Tsubaki East 1647
    The Toko-ji Temple is a temple in Hagi City belonging to the Obaku school of Zen Buddhism; it was the Bodai-ji (family temple) of the Mori family, the lords of the Hagi Domain. The temple was built in 1691 on the orders of Mori Yoshinari, the third lord of Hagi; the tombs of the fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh lords of Hagi, along with those of their wives and concubines, are in the Mori family graveyard within the Temple grounds. The Toko-ji Temple features several interesting examples of Chinese-style architecture, including the So-mon (main gate), the Daioho-den hall and the Shoro (bell tower), all of which have been designated as Important Cultural Properties.

    This is a hidden gem. Walk through the gates and around to the back where there are so many stone lanterns and the graveyard of half of the Mori feudal lords. There is lots of moss and no other...

  • Rurikoji Temple
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Kouzanchou 7-1
    This Soto Zen Buddhist temple was founded in 1471. It was reportedly built by Sue Hirofusa's wife to honor him after his passing. Originally called Anyoji Temple, the name later changed to Rurikoji Temple. It was relocated to its present spot in 1604 from Nihotakano in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The five-story pagoda on the precincts is considered to be the tenth oldest outdoor structure in Japan. There are also many historic spots from the time of the Meiji Restoration, like the tomb of Mori Takachika, the feudal lord during the period.
  • Suoukokubun-ji Temple
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    28 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Kokubunjichou 2-67
    This temple is located in Kokubunji Town, Hofu City. It is one of the Kokubunji temples built nationwide by the Imperial Order of Emperor Shomu in 741, but is rare because it is only one of few remaining in the same location as the original construction. The temple preserves Important Cultural Property Buddhist statues such as the sitting Yakushi Nyorai as its principal image as well as standing statues of Nikko Bosatsu and Gekko and the seated Amida Nyorai and Shitenno.

    JR防府駅から徒歩30分。毛利氏庭園から徒歩15分。 741年の創建。本尊は薬師如来坐像。現在の本堂(金堂)は1421年の再建。1997年から8年かけて大修理が行われている。 本堂内は拝観可能(拝観料500円)。本尊の藥師如来坐像の他、日光・月光菩薩、四天王像など多くの仏像が安置されている。外観だけでも十分に見応えのある寺院であるが、本堂内の拝観を強くオススメしたい。

  • Konpirasha Enseiji Temple
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    15 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Hagishi Minamifuruhagimachi 6
    Constructed in 1254, Enseiji Temple has a torii gateway at its entrance—despite being a temple and not a shrine—and this stone torii is a city-designated Tangible Cultural Property. The temple grounds contain the Konpira-sha Hall (a Municipal Tangible Cultural Property) with its statues of the 12 zodiac signs. It is an important location, being a rare example of the syncretism between Buddhism and Shinto. The precincts also contain the rocking -horse (sacred horse) that Shinsaku Takasugi and Hirobumi Ito played with in their youth.

    This site shows a small Buddhist temple next to a Shinto Shrine, there is also a small Shrine dedicated to a horse. In front of the temple there is a tall lantern mounted on wheels that turn to...

  • Ryuzoji Temple
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    15 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Yamaguchishi Yoshiki 1750
    This temple on the side of Yamaguchi prefecture's Mt. Takiyama is dedicated to Amida Nyorai. The temple grounds hold a roughly 900-year-old giant gingko tree is a registered National Natural Monument. It also has Tsuzumino Falls and the apparent Sesshu-made spring pond promenade-style garden. It's known as the seventeenth temple on the Chugoku 33 Kannon pilgrimage, and is a common stop for pilgrims.

    Close to Rurikō-ji Temple but less touristy and looks old with a waterfall and rocks covered with moss.Absolutely worth a visit.

  • Kanyoji Temple
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shunanshi Kanokami 2872
    This temple is part of the Nanzen-ji Temple of Rinzai Sect, and is the 15th on the Chugoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage. It is famous for its Kyokusui Garden, designed by a famous garden designer Shigemori Mirei. They also hold events like Special Evening Visit days, when crowds of guests come to see the beautiful gardens and Kanyo-ji temple lit up with bamboo lanterns.
  • Amidaji Temple
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    13 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Houfushi Mure Kamisakamoto 1869
    This temple is in Hofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Part of the Kegon sect which principally worships Amida Nyorai, this temple was built in 1187 by Chogen. Now famous for its hydrangeas, there are currently about 4,000 bushes of 80 types planted here, giving it the nickname Ajisai-ji (Hydrangea temple). Every June they hold the hydrangea festival.

    この寺を含め、室町から発展した、山口の大内文化、毛利氏の力を感じざるをえません。すばらしいの一言。周囲の庭園も必ずいくこと。

  • Sotonaritera Garden Ryushinniwa
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    9 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Ubeshi Kogushi 210

    真締川沿いを少し上がったところにあります。春はお寺に続く桜が綺麗です。 お寺のお庭が有名ですが広くなく、むしろ狭いです。かなり渋いです。

  • Myokenmiyawashiatamatera
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Kudamatsushi Nakaichi 1-10-15
  • Hagi no Teramachi
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    Yamaguchi Hagi-shi
  • Jonenji Temple Front Gate
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    Yamaguchi Hagi-shi Shimogokenmachi 17
  • Zenpukuji Temple
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    Yamaguchi Hagi-shi Kawashima 197
  • Saienji
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    Yamaguchi Nagato-shi
  • Nisonin Temple
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    3 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Nagato-shi Yuyamukatsukushimo 3539

    約10年ぶりくらいに訪れました。観光客はいなく、ゆっくりと見物できました。楊貴妃の大きなお墓がありました。

  • Ryufukuji Temple
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    24 Reviews
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    Yamaguchi Yamaguchi-shi Odonooji 119

    This is a place of historical site of official political residence of the Ouchi-Lord (from Late-Kamakura to Muromachi Periods) in Yamaguchi, where the Ouchi-Lord is the richest leader in Japan mainly...

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Heading west along Japan’s largest island, Honshu, the very last prefecture you’ll reach is Yamaguchi, separated from Kyushu by a small strip of water known as the Kanmon Straits, which the far-reaching harbor city Shimonoseki looks over. With water at every turn, the seafood of Yamaguchi is an indisputable highlight, and we’re not talking just the usual fish dishes—the notorious fugu, or puffer fish, is a Japanese delicacy that was discovered in Yamaguchi prefecture, making it the best place to try it out.

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