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Temple Spots in Yamagata Area

  • Hoshuyama Risshakuji Temple
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 4456-1
    A temple of the Tendai sect, Hoshuyama Risshakuji is located across the Tachiya River from JR Yamadera Station on the Senzan Line. Normally called “Yamadera”, it was opened by Ennin in 860 by decree of Emperor Seiwa. Currently, it is designated a Zao Quasi-National Park, with 1,090,000 square meters green lot with about 30 towers—the most historic holy mountain in the Tohoku region. A famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho wrote “Shizukasa ya iwa ni shimiiru semi no koe (Such stillness / The cries of the cicadas / Sink into the rocks)” here. Its remnants remain as “semi-zuka,” and many poets like Mokichi Saito have poems inscribed here.
  • Sanjin Gosaiden, Dewa Sanzan Shrine
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Haguromachitouge 7
    Sanjin Gosaiden with its valuable thatched, wooden construction that still retains buildings dating from the Middle Ages, such as the Yamabushi (priest) quarters, was designated an important cultural property in 2000. The shrine has been built at the top of Mt. Haguro and is dedicated to the deities of the three mountains, Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Yudono. The surrounding area is notable for the mountain temples built to conform to the natural landscape.
  • Kumano Taisha Shrine
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    4.5
    55 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Nanyoushi Miyauchi 3476-1
    This is approximately a 13 minute walk from Miyauchi Station and is one of three Kumano Shrines in Japan. Boasting more than 1,200 years of reconstruction, also called the Ise Shrine of the Tohoku region, the worship hall is the oldest thatched roof building in the prefecture. Kumano Ogami (Great Diety) is the god of “unification” and is a diety that brings the benefits of “marriage,” and many worshippers visit the shrine as a marriage power spot. Also, it is believed that if you find three hidden rabbits carved on the back of the main hall without assistance, your “prayers will come true” and you will “be happy.” Amulets of cute rabbits etc are available at the reception.

    This shrine is quite far from touristic area, but is worth visiting if you occasionally drop by. It is a classic Shinto shrine, dated by 9th century. As stated in Wiki, shine's large iron bell is one...

  • Jakushou-ji Temple on Mt. Reiryu
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tendoushi Yamamoto 2205-1
    Jakushou-ji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple located on the slopes of Mr. Reiyu in Tendo City. It is the first stop in the 33 Kannon Temples pilgrimage, and is also known as Jakushou Kannon Temple. According to tradition, the Temple was founded in 708 A.D. by the bodhisattva Gyoki, who saw a vision of 33 images of the Buddhist deity Kannon on Mt. Reiyu after being led to the site by the sound of a bell. Praying to Kannon at Jakushou-ji Temple is said to bring good luck with respect to love and marriage, and it is also said that visitors who ring the large “Enfuku” wind-bell in the Temple will be blessed with a happy partnership. The Temple’s Kannon Hall and its gilt-bronze round plaque bearing an image of Kannon have both been designated as Important Cultural Properties, as has a colored ita-e (painting on a wooden panel) depicting heavenly horses.

    ここは花笠音頭にも出てくる有名なところ また、縁結びのお寺としても有名 若かりし日に妻と来て、妻はおみくじに結婚の願い事を書いていたのを思い出します 後から聞いた話ですけどね

  • Kaikoji Temple
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Sakatashi Hiyoshichou 2-7-12
    This is a temple near Hie Shrine in Hiyoshi-cho, Sakata City. This temple is said to have been built by the famous monk Kukai 1,200 year ago. This temple is the only temple in Japan to have enshrined the statues of the mummified bodies of the Venerable Chukai and Venerable Enmyokai, after one thousand days of ascetic pursuit.

    I understand that there are very few places in Japan (and in the world) where you can stand in the presence of a "living mummy" so this was truly a unique experience. Very touching.

  • Zenpoji Temple
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Shimogawa Sekine 100
    This temple is located in Shimogawa-sekine, Tsuruoka City. Enshrining the dragon god, this shrine draws believers that work in the fishing industry who pray for safe navigation across seas. This expansive almost 20 hectare landscape houses many Buddhist buildings and the 500 Rakan Statuary Hall (a registered Tangible Cultural Property) built in 1855. Periodically various events are hosted for experiencing zen, such as the Sanzenkai, and the fellowship of zen, zen no tsudoi.

    Having a car and the mapcodes really makes life easier when travelling Japan. We arrived at the parking lot and just followed a Japanese couple and then ended up at a beautiful pond and small shrine...

  • Daishoji Temple (Kameoka Monju Temple)
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Higashiokitamaguntakahatamachi Kameoka 4028-1
    This temple is in Kameoka, Takahata Town, Higashiokitama County. Its origin dates to 807 when a statue of the Bodhisattva Manjusri imported from China's Mt. Wutai was installed on imperial order. The image in the temple's Kameoka Manjusrido is counted among Japan's top three Manjusri statues. Many people pray there for scholastic achievement. During exam season, Exam Passing Rice blessed by the temple's head priest is sold in limited quantities at area shops and supermarkets around the prefecture.

    I have been to this shrine many times in different season's. It is located on a mountain side and the trail head for one of the local mountain trails as well. There is a lot to see here so take...

  • Yudonosan Sohonji Dainichibo
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Oami Nyudou 11
    Yudonosan Sohonji Dainichibo is a temple located in Oaminyudo, in the city of Tsuruoka. It is a sacred site founded by Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon School of Buddhism, and he is said to have made the principal object of veneration. Since ancient times, the area has been considered a site of spiritual significance for those who attach sacred significance to mountains, and it also has deep connections with the Tokugawa clan. Visitors can see the mummy of Shinnyokai Shonin, who starved himself to death, and a standing sculpture in gilt bronze of the Buddha Shaka Nyorai, which the national government has designated an Important Cultural Property.

    即身仏がいらっしゃるということで行きました。が、見られるのは6年に一度の衣替えの時だけ、それもかなりの檀家でないと難、ということでした。歴史が感じられる立派な境内にはみどころがいくつもありますが、500円払うほどかな、とは思いました。雪深いときに本山に行くのは大変なので、代わりに行くにはいいかもしれません。

  • Honzan Jionji Temple
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    4.5
    26 Reviews
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    Yamagata Pref. Sagaeshi Jionji Cadastral 31
    Honzan Jionji Temple is located in Jionji in the city of Sagae. It is said to have been founded in 746 by Baramon Sojo. During the Edo period (1615-1868) it controlled 18 villages and land that produced about 505,095 liters of rice, making it the most powerful temple in the Tohoku region. Even though its influence has shrunk in the present day, its former precincts have been designated a National Historic Site, and it contains many Important Cultural Properties, including its main building and collection of Buddhist statues, as well as Jionji Bugaku, a type of dance performed during the Issai Kyoe Festival, held on May 5 every year.

    拝観料500円でガイドさんが詳しく説明してくださいます。本堂の後に別のお堂を開けて解説してくださる薬師三尊と十二神将は必見です。真近でゆっくり拝見でき、鎌倉時代の薬師三尊は美しく、十二神将の躍動感と美しく残っている彩色に感激しました。

  • Churenji Temple
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    Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Oami Nakadai 92-1
    This temple, just a 15-minute drive from the Shonai Asahi Interchange, is famous for being the setting for the literary work, Gassan, by Atsushi Mori who won the Akutagawa Prize. Said to be established as a place of prayer after Kobodaishi founded Mt. Yudono. It is a historic temple, which enshrines an image of Saint Tetsumonkai. The Shimekake cherry tree can be seen in blossom from early May, and is said to have been where Kobodaishi sat and burn goma sticks. This temple has been awarded two stars in the Michelin Green Guide for Japan.
  • Sennindo (Togawa Shrine)
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    Yamagata Mogami-gun Tozawamura Furukuchi
  • Teigetsusan Gatsuzoin Temple (Teigetsu Kannon)
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    Yamagata Mogami-gun Sakegawamura Niwazuki 2829
  • Karamatsu Kannon-do Temple
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Shakado Kami Karamatsu 502
  • Sokoji Temple
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Yamagata Sakata-shi Sokojisawa 8

    My son and I have visited this attraction twice, once on a rainy day, once on a perfect spring day, 2 weeks ago. We were delighted to find that a little English is spoken. There are little mushroom...

  • Kannon-ji Temple Kannon-do (Miyama Kannon)
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    Yamagata Nishiokitama-gun Shiratakamachi Miyama 3315-1
  • Tenyoji Temple Kannon-do
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    Yamagata Nishiokitama-gun Iidemachi Naka 1956-22
  • Sasano Kannon-do (Hydrangea Temple)
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    Yamagata Yonezawa-shi Sasanohoncho 5686-5
  • Kasugasan Rinsenji Temple
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
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    Yamagata Yonezawa-shi Rinsenji 1-2-3

    直江兼続・お船夫妻、武田信清・甲州夫妻の墓がある。米沢の墓の特徴的な形が注目。鉄砲鍛冶師の吉川惣兵衛も奥にある。

  • Senshoji Temple
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    Yamagata Yamagata-shi Midoricho 3-7-67
  • Komponchudo
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    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 4456-1

Yamagata Main Areas

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Although often overlooked, Yamagata prefecture by no means lacks appeal: the Yamadera temple trail through the mountains, deliciously tender Yonezawa wagyu, and over 100 steaming hot springs, most notably Zao Onsen, await visitors. When winter comes, the snowcapped peaks become dotted with skiers by day and onsen-goers by night, while summer brings the celebration of juicy Yamagata cherries.

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