While the fleeting cherry blossoms may be the signature of Japan in spring, the bold pinks and purples of 3,000 rhododendron blooms against the deep forest greens draw crowds to Murouji temple from mid-April through early May. This small but beautiful temple comes alive in late spring.
- Taking in the stunning flowers set among the mountainous landscape
- The view of the pagoda at the top of the stone steps, framed by flowers
- Walking through the lush cryptomeria (Japanese cedar) trees
The glory of spring at Muroji Temple
Explore the beauty of Muroji temple’s five-story pagoda, one of Japan’s oldest and smallest, surrounded by flowers. The rhododendrons transform the already beautiful pagoda into a springtime wonderland. The best views of the pagoda are from the bottom of the stairs. Up close, it is surprisingly small, at just 16 meters high.
A hidden delight
Hidden behind tall groves of Japanese cedar trees, the temple is off the beaten track and rarely crowded. Set within a lush green forest, the striking vermillion pagoda and bright flowers refresh the senses. The temple complex also has an impressive entrance gate and stunning Buddhist carvings to see, if you can tear yourself away from the natural beauty.
Worth a visit all year
Even if you can’t make it to the area during April, it’s worth visiting in fall, when the leaves turn red and gold and the temple holds evening illumination events.