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Risshakuji Temple

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Address: 4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301 , Yamagata Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 23-695-2002

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Beautiful walk, view, and town

I went here during winter, so the view from the top was absolutely breathtaking and we saw maybe 4 or 5 other people the entire time we were there. It was a wonderful experience... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
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Brisbane
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I went here during winter, so the view from the top was absolutely breathtaking and we saw maybe 4 or 5 other people the entire time we were there. It was a wonderful experience to visit such a quaint and unusual temple and well-worth the trek up and down the icy stone steps. I would definitely not recommend walking up... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This place was not only beautiful but also peaceful so that it's good for mind & body exercise. I went there with my mom and aunties who were senior travelers. Just remained their own speed, kept walking slowly, sat on the bench sometimes, these could make them enjoy climbing a thousand steps. At my time, it was not full bloom... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was here on a very hot August day and so didn't plan on walking up the thousand stairs, however there was still so much to see. Firstly after getting off the train there are a number of shops selling handcrafted goods and small restaurants. I particularly liked a small second hand store down the road from the station. If... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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31 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This temple has already been a famous international tourist spot in Japan although I hardly thought so when I visited here about 30 years ago. I was surprised to see many tourists from overseas this time (I guess Lonely Planet Japan recommends here) and even free wifi is provided for them (unfortunately the Japanese cannot use it). It is actually... More 

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Edmonton
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

a stately, elegant temple on a steep hill with great views; wear good walking shoes; probably not a good site for people with mobility issues

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Tokyo, Japan
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11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I've been to hundreds of temples and shrines in Japan and have never been much of a fan - even the impressive Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima didn't really grab me. Probably, I simply don't have the knowledge and 'vocabulary' to appreciate what I'm seeing. However, this is one that I'd visit again. The main draw is the magical climb and... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Yamadera is a place of tranquility nestled high on a mountain. You need only need to be moderately fit to walk the path and steps to the top. There are plenty of places to stop and rest, if needed, and enjoy the tranquility, on the way to the top. I have seen various estimates of the number of steps varying... More 

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Country Victoria, Australia
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205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Yamadera is a scenic temple founded in 860, located in the mountains northeast of Yamagata City. The temple and grounds are accessed by a series of flights of steps and pathways, which pass rocky outcrops and viewpoints down to the valley. Yamadera Station is served by the JR Senzan Line trip takes around 20 minutes from Yamagata, return train fare... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

...is one of the better known attractions of Yamagata prefecture. It is very impportant historically, but will also be a worth your while if you are not into that kind of thing. It is a relaxed climb up many stairs to the top of the mountain where you can look over yamagata city from the historical wooden houses. Some of... More 

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Singapore
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

Risshaku ji, also know as Yamadera, is a must on my "must do" checklist, a personal pilgrim you may say on my trips to Japan. I am not a religious person. I am not there to say a prayer for our decaying society or anything. I am there solely for the breathtaking scenery and the soul cleansing tranquility. Yamadera is... More 

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