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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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  • Northeast trip five years ago. It was a relatively strenuous itinerary round a Akita / Iwate / Miyagi trip in February, from 3 days 2 nights in the car, Yamagata. Yamagata's first night since this morning I was surprised in the heavy snow. I went to Yama-dera, snow, snow, snow. Could not climb stairs, and was abandoned. This was October and not worry about snow, watch the temple! Statue of Basho and Sora to greet, to further go up stairs and stairs of the who. It went without much suffering. At the top of the view is exceptional. 有rigatakatta coloured mountains.
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  • After a long time to come. Tendo is known for Shogi pieces, but when you get to still the temple is required. Is the private sector are many, you want to park in the nearby parking is pretty full. Tough climb, and Bali is konpira mountain is a fun feel. Has and still air because it's spring ", not even the voice of a cicada. Love is a dignified silence.
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  • Haiku and poems, and wind also scenic, even better is the convenience of transportation of JR Temple Station walking 10 minutes. I heard during the week of December, so many people visit was. Masayuki Oku to walk lots small 1-hour long stairs, so anyone want to mean OK great affirmations is not hard work.
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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!