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Risshaku-ji Temple

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Temple above the Morning Mist.

Yamadera is a place of tranquility nestled high on a mountain. You need only need to be moderately... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2014
Auckland, New Zealand
Also known as Yamadera...

...is one of the better known attractions of Yamagata prefecture. It is very impportant... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2012
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Yamadera is a place of tranquility nestled high on a mountain. You need only need to be moderately fit to walk the path and steps to the top. There are plenty of places to stop and rest, if needed, and enjoy the tranquility, on the...More

Date of experience: November 2013
1  Thank StanleyAuckland
Reviewed 23 March 2013

Yamadera is a scenic temple founded in 860, located in the mountains northeast of Yamagata City. The temple and grounds are accessed by a series of flights of steps and pathways, which pass rocky outcrops and viewpoints down to the valley. Yamadera Station is served...More

Date of experience: February 2013
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

...is one of the better known attractions of Yamagata prefecture. It is very impportant historically, but will also be a worth your while if you are not into that kind of thing. It is a relaxed climb up many stairs to the top of the...More

Date of experience: August 2012
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

Risshaku ji, also know as Yamadera, is a must on my "must do" checklist, a personal pilgrim you may say on my trips to Japan. I am not a religious person. I am not there to say a prayer for our decaying society or anything....More

Date of experience: April 2012
14  Thank bakatori
Reviewed 21 March 2012

There are more than 800 stairs to the top. But it is worth climbing. There are many stone images of Buddha on the way. The view from the top of the monutain is splendid. The good exercise made me hungry. There are some delicious restaurants...More

Date of experience: March 2012
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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