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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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  • It is downright amazing. It is visited 1 times, life is good. Yamagata Shinkansen, "cheap seats in the movable"
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  • There are stairs, it can meet rising and lovely views. And the summer is cool, clean air. You can either train or car. My favorite place
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  • After a heavy snowfall in January visited 20 years Buri. Was still frozen stone steps leading to the Hondo (main hall) from the side of the approach at the foot of a small space, but early in the morning for what is very scary. And Temple in the root, as in the number of people been shoveling snow. Colorful curtain is bright and look up at the temple, and Temple in the snow "is!" and showed much beauty. I really thought at this time, happy to be a snowy day. By the way Hondo (main hall) is specified as a cultural property of the country.
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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!