Visited by the haiku poet Matsuo BashoYamadera (Hojuzan Risshaku-ji Temple)
The Hojuzan Risshaku-ji temple, commonly known as Yamadera (“mountain temple”), was founded in 860 AD.
The Konpon Chudo hall at the bottom of the steps is a nationally designated Important Cultural Property while nearby is a stone monument to commemorate the haiku made by the famous poet Matsuo Basho when he visited the temple.
There are 1015 steps from the Konpon Chudo hall at the bottom to the Okuno-in area at the top where the Great Buddha Hall is located.
There are many attractions on the approach to Okuno-in, such as the Semizuka rock, the Niomon gate and the Godaido observation deck so you can enjoy the climb to the top.
You can enjoy Yamadera not just by visiting the temple but also with yout tongue, looking at it from a distance, and feeling it with your skin.
Yamadera specialty Riki (strength) Konjac
Tamakoyaku, balls of konjac, is stewed in a soy sauce-based soup and skewered like dumplings. This is a specialty of Yamadera. The name comes from the fact that power comes out when climbing 1015 stone steps.
Scenery from the Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum
The Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum is built on the mountain opposite of Yamadera. The scenery viewed from there is highly recommended.
Yamadera in winter
Yamadera in winter is covered with snow that creates a magnificent atmosphere and a wonderful sight.
- Hojuzan Risshaku-ji Temple (Yamadera)
4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture 999-3301
・ 30 minutes by car from Yamagata Station
・ 20 minutes by train on the Senzan Line from JR Yamagata Station
・ 7 minutes on foot from JR Yamadera Station (to entrance)
- Parking lot
- None * There are paid parking lots nearby
[Worshiping hours] 8:00~17:00
- Official site
- Credit card
Adult (high school student and over): 300 yen
Jjunior high school student: 200 yen
Child (4 years old and over): 100 yen (The temple area at the bottom is free to access)