Yamadera / Hojusan Risshakuji Temple

Yamadera / Hojusan Risshakuji Temple やまでら/ほうじゅさんりっしゃくじ
 Having Hojusan Risshakuji Temple as its center, Yamadera was said to be an ancient and honorable temple founded by Jikaku-taishi with the charter from Seiwa Emperor in December, 860. The whole area is consisted of tuff brecca which have turned into peculiar-shaped rocks through long years of wind and rain; these rocks in and out of sight between the trees make the seasonal scenery spectacular.
 The approach stone stairs leading to Oku-no-in stand still for years and are covered with moss along with engraved stone and board monuments, old Japanese cedars, peculiar-shaped rocks, and lots of shrines and pagodas.
 Notable haiku poet Basho Matsuo visited here with his disciple Sora Kawai and spent a night in 1689 and left this famous haiku “Deep silence, the shrill of cicadas, seeps into rocks” in his “Oku-no-Hosomichi [Narrow Road].”
Information
  • Name Yamadera / Hojusan Risshakuji Temple
  • Location 4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata-shi
  • Phone number 023-695-2843
  • Admission ※Admission fees to a temple look at Risshaku-ji Temple homepage in detail.
  • Access From Yamadera Station: 5 min on foot
  • Parking lot Please use pay parking lot nearby.
  • Contact information Risshakuji Sanmon Office
  • URL http://www.rissyakuji.jp/
  • Others Constitution cultural assets of Japanese inheritance "safflower culture that Risshaku-ji Temple supported"
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