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Risshaku-ji Temple

4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301, Yamagata Prefecture
+81 23-695-2843
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Something like "Japan"

You can find and feel something like "Japan" in this field. You can only reach the final temple at... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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If you are near Yamadera and you also have a day to spend, don't hesitate and come here. This place... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
via mobile
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  • Average7%
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4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301, Yamagata Prefecture
+81 23-695-2843
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 5 weeks ago

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

Thank elinast2016
Reviewed 15 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 4 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
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful temple and shrine but bring your hiking shoes and some drinks to stay hydrated. It's a hell of a hike!!!

Thank Cj T
Reviewed 31 October 2016

A must go if one likes mountains, history and culture - this is the place to visit. It gets more busy over the weekends, but it is a relatively peaceful climb up 1000 steps to where the temple is. We were there when Autumn officially...More

Thank jenniferpU9638ZH
Reviewed 16 October 2016

I'm no expert but I'm tempted to say that it's not 1000 steps unless you walk to all the attractions on the mountain. I probably spent a few hours walking along the main thoroughfare and that was gratifying enough. If I had more time I...More

Thank Brisa D
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We climbed the steps up to the okunoin temple, which is the one on top. Unfortunately there is some construction going on which impacts the scenery. The first part of the climb is through the forest which I liked the most. If you concentrate on...More

Thank Oliver F
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