Yamaguchi is famous for being the threshold of the entry of Christianity into Japan and the settlement of missionaries.
The history of Yamaguchi dates back to the 14 th century when it was called "Kyoto of the West" . The rich culture and heritage of Yamaguchi are all the contribution of the Ouchi warlords who controlled Yamaguchi for almost two centuries. The city of Yamaguchi was recognized officially in 1929 and twice after that new towns and cities were incorporated into the city boundary.
Some of the places of attraction in Yamaguchi are:
- Rurikoji Temple: this five- story pagoda is one of the well preserved national treasures of Japan. This monument proudly stands at the center of the Ko-zan Park which is also the venue for the annual festival of Sagimai Shinji.
- Ima-hachiman-gu-Shrine - this is an ancient shrine depicting the traditional architectural approach of the region of Yamaguchi. The shrine is designated as a unique and significant cultural belonging of Japan.
- Rosan-do - this building was constructed by the Mori family in and around 1850s. The characteristic feature of this building which had made it a heritage site is its musical stone pavement.
- St. Xavier Church - this church was built in memory of Francis Xavier who had visited the city in the 16 th century.
A visit to Yamaguchi will give you a glimpse into the ancient and medieval culture and tradition of Japan.
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Last Updated on: December 13th, 2017