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Hōjusan Risshaku-ji Temple, Yamagata

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Travel to the foot of the steep hill of Hōshū-yama to see why Hōjusan Risshaku-ji Temple has been listed as a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty and Historic Site. Found in 860 by a priest named Ennin (posthumously known as Jikaku Daishi), to this day the temple maintains its ritual fires brought from a Tendai monastery. Your visit starts with a 1,000-step climb through dense cedar trees; upon your arrival, notice the seated wooden image of the Buddha Bhaisajyaguru, dating from the Heian period (794-1185). Enter the temple to examine its many cultural assets in the treasure house; afterwards, head to the museum displaying haiku poet Matsuo Bashō's writings and paintings, as well as other related art. Remember to carry extra water, since the ascent to the temple can get tiring. To visit Hōjusan Risshaku-ji Temple on your trip to Yamagata, use our Yamagata trip itinerary planner.
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  • 1100 too ago, was founded by jikaku-Daishi Temple, commonly known as Temple. -1015 or so stairs to climb, but the mountain was waiting to spectacular. Mountain views from the ground was almost like painting. Was raining grace drizzled with way sprinkle stopped immediately, so really cool to be like SUMI-e painting views of the temple, this temple become rain. Oh and many people bother writing up my address and name, but in the long-awaited and a lot of graffiti. I think I want to say stop.
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  • Temple's time of cicadas. Crying cicadas are around is bustling with tourists, and evoke memories of Basho, everyday, a nice mood. Fear to faith who built the temple, such as Rocky Mountain top How do you do not and one of those who just did.
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  • Belongs to the Tendai sect was built 860 years known commonly known as Temple in the temple. Temple's official name (risshakuji) is about immortal of jikaku-Daishi Temple Enryakuji Temple, Shakyo industry to protect the temple is famous for haiku poet Basho Matsuo visited this place and learn in elementary school that famous silent! "voices" was written here about stairs from the entrance and 1,050 in total stated will normally rise and rise in about 30 minutes. Think break visit views such as long-awaited so have seen 1-2 hours slowly? it privately if you prefer treasure house, radical centrist is a designated scenic scenic spot or dome would hit Temple cut the evil destiny) (no matter how many people although the visitors, so please once visitors made I think is is known as root in Temple in the main hall of the temple at per beech-wood building Japan's oldest dedicated separated from Mt. Hiei, It's handed down to Oda Nobunaga, disappeared about Motoyama Enryakuji Temple burnt than temple dedicated to separate other cicada mound Temple Hall of phase are enshrined at the hospital money riding Academy neutral hospital China warehouse hospital though Hall aka ofune rose Sando top Golden Amitabha Tathagata is solemn nokyo-Sho is a six-point contains all great nokyo-sho and each served okunoin (little bit more expensive) than 2,500 yen nokyo-sho requires it is our nokyo-sho ㊙ more than you have to not having and soon full of buds is Is a nice bright owner founder of tateishi-ji Temple ㊙ as an aside you can park for free on six as parking is basic pay actually climbs up the stairs and the front left side of the Center, also on the stairs came right outside tateishi Temple ware pottery shop soon is like baking section of your return please I have not mawashimono any interesting owner pottery was
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  • Really nice place to get away from the city. Located only about thirty minutes away from Sendai Station, this temple and surrounding areas is lovely. The hike was nice and not too difficult. But there are many steps so if you have health concerns please take care. Beautiful views!
  • Decent climb but easily doable. Everyone I meet along the way friendly. Hot tip toilet at base of stairs use them as I saw nothing at the top which didn't suit my 9 yr old. Was a quick trip down. Well worth the effort of getting there also.
  • Steep but scenic climb to this temple on top of the mountain. It no doubt has historic value as one of the oldest temples, but I found it a bit overrated. Once one is at the top, the view below is nice.
  • Interesting temple complex. Very busy during GW! Keep in mind that it is a difficult hike up the stairs.
  • Its a crazy thought that I actually was able to go here! Japan is absolutely amazing and I am in the process of learning the language now! You need to come here! This temple is so cool!

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Stay in the city center of Yamagata for the leading hotels serving the prefecture. Close to the main train station and all the restaurants, bars, and clubs of the city, the hotels rarely stray too far from this central area. You'll find both basic and luxury options, as well as some guesthouses on side streets. Many visitors opt to stay at one of the hot spring resorts in the surrounding areas, including Zao Onsen and Ginzan Onsen, where you'll find guesthouses with onsite traditional spas that use the water from the hot springs.
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