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!

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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.

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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.

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