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Risshaku-ji Temple

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4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301, Yamagata Prefecture
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

There are over 1000 stairs and the temples are along the way. Entrance fee is quite cheap but the view is fantastic. A very tranquil and cozy place that's worth a visit to enjoy a real getaway and fresh air.

Date of experience: June 2019
Reviewed May 8, 2019

Yes, there are over 1,000 steps to get to the temple complex. But the climb itself is well worth the effort. The tall cedars are beautiful. Take it slow and enjoy the journey. The various temples on the top are interesting but the climb is...More

Date of experience: May 2019
3  Thank speninosmith
Reviewed April 29, 2019 via mobile

It's a beautiful hike to the top, looking down at the views of Yamadera. Nice surroundings with Japanese little shops at the base.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank bangka137
Reviewed April 23, 2019

Want to visit in autumn but time can't match so decided to just do it in April. Travel from Tokyo to Yamadera via Sendai is faster than via Yamagata. Train from Sendai to Yamadera was good experience, pass thru' mountains with snow feel so refreshing...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 21, 2019

You climb up the side of the hill and get a nice view over yamadera and the surrounding mountains. There are temple buildings along the way and a little wooden hut that gives a good view point.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank B T
Reviewed March 21, 2019 via mobile

We were staying at Zao onsen and decided on a day out. Caught the bus to Yamagata (1000y) and then the Sendai train to Yamadera. You follow the brown tourist signs to the mountain temples. Wow what a great experience and well worth a couple...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank ChrissyPortmacquarie
Reviewed March 20, 2019

Me and my family went up this mountain around late September, so temperature and humidity were quite high which added some challenges. 1000 stone steps up to the top. The view is great on a cloudy day, so I could imagined how beautiful it's on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Abdul R
Reviewed March 13, 2019

So, I have arthritis in my knees, but so wanted to visit the temple at the top of the 1000 steps. There are heaps of places a long the way to stop, sit, reflect and enjoy the view. I kept telling myself I will just...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank dickykneedtraveler
Reviewed January 22, 2019 via mobile

Yamadera in winter is snowy fantasy world. I Sent picture of Yamadera to my friend and he thought I was in Skyrim. Also be careful about snow it's very slippery but you can borrow snow shoes from information. I definetly recommend to eat tamakonyaku.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dumbell M
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

Only a ~20 minute ride with the JR Senzan line away from Yamagata city, this is a must-visit when in the area. Even if you think that the more temples you visit, the more they start to look alike, this one is different as the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank chr1st0ph
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April 8, 2019|
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Response from dickykneedtraveler | Reviewed this property |
The steps are even and well placed. You will have no problem carrying you toddler up. There are flat places along the way to est and for your child to play.
August 18, 2018|
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I also agree that a half day here is perfect! Stay in Yamagata, where there are more city sites to see (museums, parks and the fabulous train station mall). It's about a 25 min train ride to Yamadera - very convenient.
July 14, 2018|
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Response from FrankMtler | Reviewed this property |
I would think it is. There is so many people climbing the steps on a daily basis that my feeling is it would be practical even during winter. We were there in late March and I've seen women climbing in high heels. I would... More