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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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  • From the Temple in a mountain station on foot. Also Sunday, crowded with tourists. You didn't take in the atmosphere of worship. The view from godaido was good.
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  • Was concerned about 1015 stage can climb, climb each to fascinated by landscape changes off to climb. View from godaido was best. Cherry blossom season will be a thought. And has a sore knee but the next day ^ ^;
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  • Last may, while temperature is 30 degrees, sweat, climbed down the Hall he wrote: but we gave. Were is the revenge one day. View from the Middle green eyes bright, refreshing you. Felt the tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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  • 100% Recommended. No crowds - just fresh air, mountain scenery, 1000 steps through a beautiful forest and a series of temple's at the top. Easy to access via Yamagata (Yamagata Shinkansen) or Sendai (Tohoku Shinkansen) and local Senzan line to Yamadera station.
  • Rather cold in November, but the weather was great. It's definitely worth the train time when going there from Sendai. Overall environment is very soothing and relaxing. The view is good on top of the temple.
  • Wonderful Japan place ! People have deep hearth.. amazing every little thing make it value. Whatever successful you are, Spiritually health is important to make sure forwarding beautiful life.
  • Fantastic place in winter. Any photo you take will be special, hard to imagine the monks living here all those years ago, as it is so remote and is very cold. But if you make it here then dine at a restaurant on your right as you walk up the short street to the station.
  • It is a must to visit this place if you are planning to discover the true face of Japan behind the shiny hi-tech Tokyo area! Hōjusan Risshaku-ji Temple is full of architectural and spiritual wonders that will definitely mark your stay in Japan for ever!