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Hiking Yamadera

Climbing the stairs of the mountain temple

Risshakuji is a temple complex of the Tendai Sect in Yamagata Prefecture. Its temple buildings are built up and in the side of a mountain, thus it is known as Yamadera. While its more than 1000 stairs to the top are quite a physical challenge, the adventurous hiker will be rewarded with beautiful natural scenery, glimpses of temples hundreds of years old, and the chance to meet a magnificent Buddhist statue at the uppermost temple.

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