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Risshaku-ji Temple

4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301, Yamagata Prefecture
+81 23-695-2843
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A must see!

Risshaku-ji is the mountain temple that gives Yamadera it's name. There are just over 1000 stairs... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DS23091
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Nagasaki, Japan
Fantastic series of structures worth the day trip.

Some exercise is required when visiting this shrine, but it is well worth it. It's good to go... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Michelle C
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Yokosuka, Japan
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4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata 999-3301, Yamagata Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Risshaku-ji is the mountain temple that gives Yamadera it's name. There are just over 1000 stairs to the top, but there are plenty of views to be had along the way. From ancient Buddhist stone carvings and architecture to massive Japanese cedar trees, this is...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some exercise is required when visiting this shrine, but it is well worth it. It's good to go early in the day (9am) during July, as the stairs on their own will have you sweating and there's no crowds to deal with. Three opportunities to...More

Thank Michelle C
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

As others have noted, this is a religious and historically-important site with beautiful view and gentle winding climb up over a thousand steps among huge trees, small statues and stones, caves and pock-marked cliffs. But what makes it really special is the two temples up...More

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Reviewed 21 June 2018

Walking up to this temple and then enjoying the spectacular view was one of my Japan trip highlights. About 45 mins from Sendai or 20 minutes from Yamagata on JR local trains. You need a couple of hours round trip from the Yamadera station. Allow...More

1  Thank AndyandCathy
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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

It’s worth the hike on over 1000 steps to the clusters of temples on the hill! The scenery (and greenery) was breathtaking. There were quite many visitors on the day of our visit but we didn’t feel crowded.

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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Perhaps I had my expectations too high from online reviews or it could be due to the crowds during our visit to Yamadera, but we were underwhelmed by the sights nor experience in this attraction. Still, do visit this unique temple complex when you are...More

Thank YP C
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

It’s absolutely worth climbing ~1000 stairs up to the top where the view is just fantastic! The climb is not as hard as expected and the round trip takes <1.5hrs.

Thank Sheila L
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This place is just amazing. This sight from the top is breathtaking and well worth the steep climb to the top. There is 1015 steps to the top, so you have to take it slow. The temple at the top is similar to other but...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

January probably is the coldest month in Japan. Roads were slippery after heavy snow. Don’t hesitate to visit the area, it’s quiet less visitors, a bit dangerous to climb but it’s beautiful, worth the trip. Just wear a pair of waterproof nonslip boots, or get...More

1  Thank maryjoy1214
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

Yamadera is definitely worth a visit. We had been wanting to visit here for many years and on our 2017 sakura trip we were close enough in Sendai to make a day trip a good idea. Getting there early was important - the longer we...More

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jsal23
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
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5 April 2018|
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Response from annidil | Reviewed this property |
No. Don’t worry about the steps, they are overrated. You can rest along the way. It is a beautiful walk up. Take your time and enjoy the views!
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