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 and other attractions in Yamagata, use our Yamagata itinerary planner .
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  • At the end of November to go to the Mountain temple, the station is not far away from the mountain temple and there is a container can be left luggage, shopping ticket entrance can be free of charge to change the rain boots, because some of the snow floor is very wet, the suggestion must wear a slip of shoes or change rain boots to avoid slipping. Although it's raining a little bit, but along the way maple leaves point 綴 with the silver snow scene, very beautiful, worth a game.
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  • It will arrive in about 15-20 minutes by car from Tendo. Parking near the temple where was, just take a short walk (500) is more expensive (300 yen). This time I didn't until the top of the mountain in the rain and cold. Paid admission 300 yen to go on and climb the 1,000 steps seems to arrive. I want to visit are the next best climate:
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  • A nice excursion from Sendai. There are nice views from the top and some interesting sights along the path going up.  more »
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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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