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Risshakuji Temple

4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture 999-3301 , Japan
+81 23-695-2002
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Ranked #1 of 34 Attractions in Yamagata
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: The temple known by the locals as "Yamadera" was founded in 860 AD by Ennin, as a subsidiary of Enryakuji temple in Kyoto. Its main building Konpon... more »
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Bangkok, Thailand
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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60 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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214 reviews 214 reviews
115 attraction reviews
294 helpful votes 294 helpful votes
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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156 reviews 156 reviews
48 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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59 reviews 59 reviews
47 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

There are more than 800 stairs to the top. But it is worth climbing. There are many stone images of Buddha on the way. The view from the top of the monutain is splendid. The good exercise made me hungry. There are some delicious restaurants at the bottom.

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