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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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Lovely outing even if you don't go to the top!

We loved being way out in the mountains, and the temple complex is well worth a visit. You walk through a touristy village to get to the entrance to the temple site. Quite a climb... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Honolulu
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109 reviews 109 reviews
27 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We loved being way out in the mountains, and the temple complex is well worth a visit. You walk through a touristy village to get to the entrance to the temple site. Quite a climb even to the first and oldest temple, but then you can walk along the path to the end temple without climbing up to the top.... More 

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Sendai, Japan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

It takes about one hour by taking JR Senzan line from track 7 or 8 of Sendai station (one way ticket of 840JPY). The train comes every one hour to go for Yamadera and back to Sendai, respectivery. There are many restaurants on the approach to the temple. Yamagata pref. is recognized as one of the famous places to have... More 

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Kahului, Hawaii
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37 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

There are many reasons why Yamadera Risshakuji Temple is frequently visited. Whether you go for the beautiful scenery; its cultural and historical value; a cool forest hike; and/or for serenity and contemplation, this place will check all the boxes! The town of Yamadera is a small village between Yamagata and Sendai along the JR Senzan Line. Travel by rail takes... More 

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Jakarta
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57 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Yamadera is one of the top attraction in Tohoku region. You can reach it via JR Senzan Line about 1 hour from Sendai Station (covered by JRPass). The view from the train was one of the most gorgeus we've seen in Japan. The temple itself has about 1000 steps and the entrance fee is 300 yen per pax. Temple was... More 

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Brisbane
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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104 reviews 104 reviews
32 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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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