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Yamagata, 18 Jan.

Risshaku-ji Temple (Yamadera)

Risshaku-ji Temple (Yamadera) Risshaku-ji Temple (Yamadera) Risshaku-ji Temple (Yamadera)

Popularly known as Yamadera (“mountain temple”), this ancient temple was founded in 860 CE by Ennin, a monk of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. It is said that earthly desires blocking you from enlightenment begin to fade away with each step you take up the 1,015 stone stairs on the trek from the foot of the mountain to the temple itself. At the top of the stone stairs is the Godai-dou, known to have the best view of the valley. Yamadera is also famous as the subject of a haiku by the renowned poet Matsuo Basho.

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Tokyo (Narita) to Risshaku-ji Temple (Yamadera), Yamagata

    1. Narita Airport

      1 h 5 min

      From 4,490 yen

    2. Shonai Airport

      • Bus

      35 min

      840 yen

    3. Sakada Station

      • Train

      2 h 20 min

      2,270 yen

    4. Yamadera Station

      • Walk

      10 min

    5. Risshaku-ji Temple (Yamadera)

All listed travel times and costs are approximate.

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