Houjyu-san Risshaku-ji Temple

Houjyu-san Risshaku-ji Temple is one of the best places to travel in Yamagata-shi, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Here're guides for access, map, spots nearby, reviews and photos of Houjyu-san Risshaku-ji Temple posted by Japanese travelers in the know.[last modified: ]

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A famous haiku by Basho Matsuo 'Quietness, Seeping into the rocks, The voices of cicada' was composed at this Risshaku-ji called a mountain temple in Yamagata Prefecture. There's an observatory named Godaidou beside the mountain temple's tourist spots, Nokyodou and Kaizandou. The scenery from here is amazing!◎There're 1015 steps to the inner temple (Okuno-in), and it's a kind of hard work. Please be careful not to be injured because there're some snow-covered steps in winter. And you NEED gloves!


The Risshaku-ji shrine is known as a mountain shrine appears in haiku composed by Basho. Its snowscape is as good as the season of singing cicadas. When you visit the shrine, please be careful where you step.


Risshaku-ji Temple is familiar as a name 'yama-dera' (mountain temple) in Yamagata. There are more than 1000 stairs from the gate to the depths, and you can enjoy a fine view becoming more and more beautiful as you climb up the stairs.

You can enjoy the tranquil scenery in off-season all to yourself. Climbing up the steps, and you can have the whole view of Risshaku-ji Temple.