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Risshaku-ji Temple

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Don't let the "1000 steps" deter you from the beautiful views and meditative walk/hike

I'm no expert but I'm tempted to say that it's not 1000 steps unless you walk to all the... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2016
Brisa D
New York City, New York
1015 steps to heaven or so they say

We climbed the steps up to the okunoin temple, which is the one on top. Unfortunately there is some... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2016
Oliver F
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4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301, Yamagata Prefecture
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

I'm no expert but I'm tempted to say that it's not 1000 steps unless you walk to all the attractions on the mountain. I probably spent a few hours walking along the main thoroughfare and that was gratifying enough. If I had more time I...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We climbed the steps up to the okunoin temple, which is the one on top. Unfortunately there is some construction going on which impacts the scenery. The first part of the climb is through the forest which I liked the most. If you concentrate on...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Oliver F
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We went this attraction on midSeptember;unfortunately, this abnormal hot summer made foliage changes come too late. It' still green on the mountain but the way upto tne main hall was easy with some physical demands(1000 steps upwith well-paved path).there were many shrines , jinja with...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

I didn't think that I could make it to the top as I hurt my foot recently..but it really was quite alright. Took a slow walk up and manage to visit all the halls. The view is really worth it. However..I nearly missed the top...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is a temple to be approached by climbing stone steps. I arrived here in 30 minute by slow climbing. Though it was tough to go up steps, I got refreshed because of nice breeze. This time I came here by car. You can take...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Any visit to Tohoku must include climbing the 1000 plus steps at Yamadera. It's very scenic along the way with several rest spots so you can pace yourself. Once at the top, the view is spectacular! I highly recommend a visit to this temple known...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank sradixtt
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We'd heard there was a "light-up" at the temple so felt lucky with the timing, and left it later in the day to visit. While we enjoyed the buildings,the walk up and the view at the top, we arrived too late to see the Buddha...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We had walked from the station at " Interesting Mountain" to Yamadera ( about 10 kms including a few along the river.. Nice walk but nowhere to leave a review) had lunch and then walked up the mountain. It is about 1000 steps but there...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

Fantastic spiritual and naturalistic scenario where different ancient temples are surrounded by tall trees and ferns. It was sunday and the path was very crowded, however we enjoyed very much the atmosphere. The trip is not difficult and the steps (1000) are quite easy to...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank totuccio83
Reviewed 16 June 2016

The temple complex consists of many buildings, some at the base of the mountain, but most at the top. There are supposedly 1000 steps but with many small items of interest to see on the way, it is not really arduous. It is definitely different...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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19 August 2018|
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Response from 1TahoeQueen | Reviewed this property |
I also agree that a half day here is perfect! Stay in Yamagata, where there are more city sites to see (museums, parks and the fabulous train station mall). It's about a 25 min train ride to Yamadera - very convenient.
14 July 2018|
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Response from FrankMtler | Reviewed this property |
I would think it is. There is so many people climbing the steps on a daily basis that my feeling is it would be practical even during winter. We were there in late March and I've seen women climbing in high heels. I would... More
5 April 2018|
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Response from 1TahoeQueen | Reviewed this property |
My husband and I are 63 and 62, and we did stop and rest now and then on the way up. I saw probably a dozen seniors well over 75 doing the same steps. DO bring water with electrolytes to prevent cramping. Going back down is... More