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Risshaku-ji Temple

4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301, Yamagata Prefecture
+81 23-695-2843
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Yamadera, a good temple in the mountain founded in 860 AD!!

Yamadera, literally "mountain temple", is a general term for the temples and shrines scattered... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tsukuba, Japan
Beautiful Temple, worth the climb

My friend found this temple for us to visit during our summer break to Tohoku. A couple we met at... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
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4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301, Yamagata Prefecture
+81 23-695-2843
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yamadera, literally "mountain temple", is a general term for the temples and shrines scattered along the Yamadera mountainside. Hojusan Rissakuji is the official name of Yamadera, which may be translated as Rissakuji Temple on Mt. Hoju. The Temple was founded in 860 AD by Kikaku...More

Thank mabei0123
Reviewed 16 August 2017

My friend found this temple for us to visit during our summer break to Tohoku. A couple we met at the farm we stayed at told us that going on a day when it's not sunny is best and we lucked out because the day...More

Thank Korinirin
Reviewed 4 August 2017

The 1512 steps to the top are relatively easy to master as the steps are spaced at a comfortable distance. It is always fun to climb with the Japanese as they appreciate a foreigner joining them. The temple might be a standard building, but the...More

Thank Stephan1954
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

I visited on a hot and steamy July day when it was raining. However that did not dampen my spirits and I continued up the hill. A lovely peaceful walk not hugely busy with attractions at the top, yet a nice view when the weather...More

Thank althebackpacker
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

You can find and feel something like "Japan" in this field. You can only reach the final temple at the mountain as high as 50 floors of a building by your foot. You will find very old shrines, temples, stone crafts and statues and flowers...More

Thank うもちもないし
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

If you are near Yamadera and you also have a day to spend, don't hesitate and come here. This place is unique in very way. The atmosphere and calmness of this place let's you forget how hectic and crowded the rest of Japan is. Take...More

Thank Niclas_Wett
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Tohoku as a whole is ways off from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Yamagata prefecture even more so. Yamadera is the pinnacle of that. Even though the town under the temple complex is pretty touristy, the climb and walk itself is calming and closer...More

Thank Heikki S
Reviewed 11 May 2017

It takes about one hour from Sendai by train so it's perfect for a day trip. If you want you can leave your luggage in the shop next to the station. The area is well sign posted and easy to find. Don't be afraid of...More

1  Thank elinast2016
Reviewed 16 March 2017

About an hour by train from Sendai is this pretty temple. The climb isn't difficult, though there were some areas that had a build up of snow. 30 minutes to the top, great view. 300 yen entrance fee. There are markers along the way to...More

Thank JTinVan
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Yamadera山寺described a temple complex on the mountain. In it, the most famous is Risshaku-ji (立石寺, founded in the year of 860 AD). This temple complex is unique in that the top temple大佛殿is 1,015 steps way up at the mountain. A climbing walk would be a...More

Thank Chuang004
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