Ryuzoji Temple

Ryuzoji Temple, Yamaguchi

Ryuzoji Temple

18 reviews
Very good

Cleveland, OH45 contributions
Less touristy amazing temple
Apr 2018
Close to Rurikō-ji Temple but less touristy and looks old with a waterfall and rocks covered with moss.Absolutely worth a visit.
Written May 21, 2018
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dena f
Oxfordshire, UK225 contributions
Great stop with little tourism
This temple was off the beaten path of 435 that runs between Yamaguchi and Mine. The road was quite narrow in places and it would be difficult to get to without your own means of transportation. That being said-it was a great stop! It was 100yen admission and the temple is up the first set of stairs. Just offset from the front of the small temple is a beautiful waterfall-having snow and rain the day before gave us a pretty good show. There is a steep, narrow path up along the stream with statues along the way. It might take 15-20 minutes if you're careful and admiring scenery along the way and it can get muddy if you have the same rain we saw the day prior. When we came back down to our car the groundskeeper had hot tea waiting for us. We only saw a few locals on the morning we went and I think this is truly a hidden gem as far as Japanese temples goes!
Written February 3, 2015
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Yamaguchi, Japan3 contributions
A mystical temple off the beaten track captures the spirit of a country
I have lived in Yamaguchi for six years now, and Ryuzoji Temple has to be one of my favorite destinations. There are many temples of course in the area, but Ryuzoji has a special mystical quality. What does it have? First, it has a beautiful stepped entry, which passes through tall trees, surrounded by small Buddhist statues of various kinds. Secondly, it has a quite lovely waterfall, which falls in three stages from the highlands above. There is a pathway leading up beside the waterfall which brings you to a small bridge crossing the falls, so that both above you and below you can watch the water falling. For the more adventurous the path continues on up above the falls along the stream that feeds it for a ways. The temple also has what is supposed to be the tallest ginko tree in Japan, reportedly 800 years old.

There is an entry fee or donation of 200 yen for adults, but I consider it well worth it. Usually there are not so many visitors, but in my mind it is a very worthwhile stop.
Written August 5, 2010
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