Hoshuyama Risshakuji Temple

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.

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Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera 4456-1
[Apr.--Nov.] 8:00-17:00 [Dec.--Mar.] 8:00-16:00 * Gates shut may be accelerated depending on the weather conditions.
open everyday
[Adult] 300yen [Junior high school students] 200yen [4 years old-Elementary school students] 100yen * Group discount available
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Temporary closure:Currently closed (information as of April 21, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Wonderful winter hike
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.12.18
    Well worth the hike up. I would recommend wearing spikes up in the snow as it was slippery. Easy hike on the steps and takes maybe 20/30 minutes.
  • Stunning views, fun climb.
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.12.31
    We came here last winter but the stairs were iced and honestly a slipping hazard. This year it was warmer so there wasnt any ice on the steps, and its the perfect temperature where you wont work...
  • Picturesque
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.11.29
    A good side trip from Sendai away from the city and crowd. The view that greets you at the end of the climb is absolutely stunning. A photographer’s heaven. IMHO.

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