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Address: 4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301 , Yamagata Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 23-695-2843

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What a hike!!!

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 4, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 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!!!

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 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 started, and were able to taste local autumnal dishes after our descent.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 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 would have explored further and followed other suggested routes. This attraction is easily accessible by... More 

Thank Hyo A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 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 the climb and the scenery it can be very peaceful, of course depending how many... More 

Thank Oliver F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

We went this attraction on midSeptember;unfortunately, this abnormal hot summer made foliage changes come too late. It' still green on the mountain but the way upto tne main hall was easy with some physical demands(1000 steps upwith well-paved path).there were many shrines , jinja with great view of below village. At the foot of the mountain , there were souvenir... More 

Thank berm1974
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

I didn't think that I could make it to the top as I hurt my foot recently..but it really was quite alright. Took a slow walk up and manage to visit all the halls. The view is really worth it. However..I nearly missed the top most look out point as tbere were no signs. I just followed another visitor up... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This is a temple to be approached by climbing stone steps. I arrived here in 30 minute by slow climbing. Though it was tough to go up steps, I got refreshed because of nice breeze. This time I came here by car. You can take a train, it's super near from Yamadera station.

Thank 2sophia8
Sendai, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Any visit to Tohoku must include climbing the 1000 plus steps at Yamadera. It's very scenic along the way with several rest spots so you can pace yourself. Once at the top, the view is spectacular! I highly recommend a visit to this temple known as Risshaku-ji. It is said that climbing the mountain and paying homage at the temple... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

We'd heard there was a "light-up" at the temple so felt lucky with the timing, and left it later in the day to visit. While we enjoyed the buildings,the walk up and the view at the top, we arrived too late to see the Buddha statue in the temple at the top. And the lightup wasn't what we'd expected. After... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

We had walked from the station at " Interesting Mountain" to Yamadera ( about 10 kms including a few along the river.. Nice walk but nowhere to leave a review) had lunch and then walked up the mountain. It is about 1000 steps but there are plenty of reasons to stop and look at things on the way up. There... More 

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