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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  • October 4, 2017
    Climb up Stone Temple needs 200 幣. climb to the probably approximately 1000 頂/f staircase. all standard tell you approximately how much is left. 貼 heart has a different scene or landscape down the road. Prada 頂-most view deck to look outside to see it is very beautiful. Macedonia time worth climbing the 1000/f staircase are worthy
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  • September 30, 2017
    Yamadera, literally "mountain temple", is a general term for the temples and shrines scattered along the Yamadera mountainside. Hojusan Rissakuji is the official name of Yamadera, which may be transla...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    I had visited once ago. Was I'd come Basho cicadas heard Platypleura and Platypleura not in July. Imagine is a lot of stairs, up the answer. Is I wanted to look at the spectacle like a travel brochure, but dusk was closed when you've found. Can still visit the Temple of desire, was satisfied. When you visit, such as sneakers can exercise shoes go on is good.
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  • May 12, 2017
    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!
  • June 10, 2017
    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.
  • May 23, 2017
    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.
  • May 6, 2017
    Interesting temple complex. Very busy during GW! Keep in mind that it is a difficult hike up the stairs.
  • February 16, 2017
    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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