Japan Heritage

Enjoy Yamadera

Rissho-ji Temple

Address4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture. 999-3301
Opening hoursApril 1-November 30: 8:00-17:00
December 1 – March 30: 8:30-16:00
ClosedAlways open
Parking availability
Accepted credit cards

Facility introduction

Yama-dera’s proper name is Mt. Hoju Risshaku-ji Temple.
This Tendai sect mountain-temple was founded in 860 by priest Ennin at the request of Emperor Seiwa. The temple is also well known in connection with Matsuo Basho’s famous poem Shizukasaya / Iwa ni shimiiru / Semi no koe (Deep silence / the shrill of cicadas / seeps into rocks).
Blessed with a rich natural environment, the temple exudes a different atmosphere with each season, enabling visitors to enjoy varying experiences in spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
Come and meet Basho’s Yamadera landscape seeped in history!

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