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Risshaku-ji Temple

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1015 Steps are waiting for you

If you are traveling between Sendai and Yamagata, you can easily access to the temple en route. The... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2016
Macau, China
Silence, penetrating the rocks......

Intrigued by Basho's famous Haiku on this temple, we set out to Yamadera. It was a interesting... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2015
Singapore, Singapore
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4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301, Yamagata Prefecture
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All reviews day trip stone steps worth the climb beautiful view souvenir shops observation deck thousand steps bring water main hall the cliff soba noodles step climb tall trees half hour heavy snow coin lockers train ride
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Reviewed 20 January 2016

If you are traveling between Sendai and Yamagata, you can easily access to the temple en route. The entrance is 8 minutes walk from Yamadera Station. There is nothing worry about the baggage as there are large coin lockers in the Station and the Tourist...More

Date of experience: January 2016
6  Thank HiroSKMT
Reviewed 23 November 2015

Intrigued by Basho's famous Haiku on this temple, we set out to Yamadera. It was a interesting climb of 1000 stone steps with various stone craving dotting the landscape. The view at the top is beautiful and has a calming presence. And if you tune...More

Date of experience: October 2015
3  Thank Candywhite9595
Reviewed 7 November 2015

We came here in the afternoon, in early August when it was very hot (35C+). However having been in Japan for 2 weeks by this point we weren't so affected by the heat, but still this is a formidable physical challenge. We were some of...More

Date of experience: August 2015
2  Thank ChloCasabi
Reviewed 31 October 2015

These amazing temples are both beautiful & set in an amazing location. Perched on the edge of a cliff wall, the climb of steps is well worth it to see the view from the top

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank U8982CDkarenm
Reviewed 16 August 2015

A nice, old mountain temple complex about an hour’s train ride out of Sendai or about 20 minutes from the Yamagata station. I only saw the bottom part but there are 1000+ stairs up the mountinside to more temple buildings. Will need to return and...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 15 August 2015

Climbing the steps to the temple on a hot day was really a test of endurance but we made it with a few stops along the way. The kiosk have way up was a saviour as I bought a hand towel and drenched it in...More

Date of experience: August 2015
3  Thank Brenda M
Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

We visited the site as part of the social program of a conference. When it is hot DO NOT go, it was very tiring and we ended up just thinking about showering... Still the place is fascinating and the views are stunning. Pick the right...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank fgrabbits
Reviewed 8 July 2015

This place is really mesmerizing. In winter climbing top of the hill and cover all temples is an unforgettable experience. The whole place is silent and peaceful. It was a great experience.

Date of experience: January 2015
Thank Pepperstory
Reviewed 6 July 2015

We loved the temple complex in a pretty valley just east of Yamagata. A not too strenuous hike to visit the various temples, with the best at the top as well as a platform with views of the entire area. Like Kyoto without the crowds....More

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank UKbanker33
Reviewed 11 June 2015

I visited this temple in winter and it was covered in snow and found it to be the most magical place. Worth taking your time to explore all on offer, including the various temples and taking in the views. The steps can get a bit...More

Date of experience: March 2015
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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