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Risshaku-ji Temple

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Address: 4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301 , Yamagata Prefecture
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Temple on the mountain, breathtaking view

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
berm1974
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Bangkok
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Bangkok
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Thank Sunset116
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Sendai, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars 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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Verona, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

Fantastic spiritual and naturalistic scenario where different ancient temples are surrounded by tall trees and ferns. It was sunday and the path was very crowded, however we enjoyed very much the atmosphere. The trip is not difficult and the steps (1000) are quite easy to do. Definitely worthwhile.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The temple complex consists of many buildings, some at the base of the mountain, but most at the top. There are supposedly 1000 steps but with many small items of interest to see on the way, it is not really arduous. It is definitely different from the vast majority of temple sites. A viewing platform provides good views over the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

The thousand steps were not as bad as I thought. I'm not fit but this was ok. Just don't feel compelled to compete with the rest of the crowd. There's a place where you can see the mountains around the area. It was a great view and worth the climb. The rest of the temple compounds are just ok if... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Take Senzan Line at Sendai Station and get off at Yamadera Station (about an hour on the rapid train). Follow the signs to arrive at the entrance of the hiking trail. Take the stairs up and you will be greeted by Konponchudo. Go past the statues of the great haiku poet Basho and his desciple Sora and reach the Temple... More 

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