While its official name is Risshakuji, Yamagata prefecture’s most famous temple is well known as Yamadera, the mountain temple founded in 860 by the monk Ennin. One of the Heisei 100 landscapes, the Buddhist temple is – that’s easy to guess – to be reach after a long hike and more than a thousand steps. From there, the view over Yamagata city and the surrounding mountains is stunning.
How to get there?
Yamadera temple is 5 minutes away from Yamadera station. From Tokyo, one stop must be made in Sendaï to catch the JR Senzan line after either a Tohoku Shinkansen or an Akita Shinkansen from Tokyo (about 12000 yen and 2h30).