Yamadera Temple

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Yamadera (山寺) is a mountaintop temple complex in the countryside northeast of Yamagata City. The temple, whose official name is Risshaku-ji, was designated both a National Place of Scenic Beauty and a National Historic Site.



4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata city, Yamagata prefecture 999-3301, Japan (Directions)


8:00 - 17:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 8:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 8:00 - 17:00
Thursday 8:00 - 17:00
Friday 8:00 - 17:00
Saturday 8:00 - 17:00
Sunday 8:00 - 17:00
Holidays 8:00 - 17:00



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Yamadera is served by its own self-named train station, which is located on the JR Senzan line that connects Yamagata City and Sendai.

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