Plum blossoms frame the Rurikoji Pagoda in Yamaguchi City (Photo: Mandy Bartok)

Plum Blossoms at Rurikoji Pagoda

A colorful start to spring in Yamaguchi

Mandy Bartok   - 1 min read


The roof of Rurikoji Temple's five-storied pagoda will be undergoing renovations from February 2023 to March 2026. You will still be able to enter Kozan Park during this period.

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The grounds of the Rurikoji Pagoda spring to life beginning in mid-February as the temple's plum grove offers the first signs of spring to those weary of winter. The small grove, numbering about two dozen trees, boasts petals in a variety of colors - from dark pink to wine-red to stark white. With the right angle, you can photograph the blossoms and the pagoda in the same frame. Entrance to the park surrounding the pagoda is free, though there is a charge to enter the actual temple nearby.

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Mandy Bartok

Mandy Bartok @mandy.bartok

Japan resident for 10 years, with time spent in Okinawa, Kumamoto and Tokyo.