Japan Heritage

Enjoy safflower culture

Risshaku-ji Chudo (Main Hall)


Yama-dera Temple’s Chudo (Main Hall) was rebuilt in 1356 by Shiba Kaneyori, the first lord of Yamagata Castle. Made of beech wood, the Chudo is the oldest temple building in Japan.
The temple is said to have drawn merchants from Omi, who developed the safflower trade together with local merchants.
At the Chudo, it is possible to see the “Eternal Light of Buddhism”, a ritual fire brought from Enryaku-ji on Mt. Hiei that continues to burn here.

Address4456-1 Oaza-Yamadera, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture
FeesFree of charge (Hall admission fee: 200 yen)
Car parkingAvailable (paid parking only)
Barrier-free facilities
Access[JR Senzan Line] Yamagata Station ⇒ Yamadera Station (approx. 20 mins.)
Approx. 10-minute walk from Yamadera Station

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Yama-dera tourist guides provided by KIZAHASHIKAI

InquiriesYama-dera Tourist Information Center (023-695-2816)
Fee2,000 yen/person (*Does not include admission fee)

Access from Yama-dera

Approx. 10-minute walk from Yamadera Station

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Nearby site/facility information

Please refer to the YAMADERA Tourism Association website.

restaurants, eateries, etcHP:https://www.yamaderakankou.com/
hotels, Japanese-style inns, etc.HP:https://www.yamaderakankou.com/