In the mountains northeast of Yamagata is the beautiful Yamadera, so named because of the way the temple, which was founded over 1000 years ago, is built into the side of a mountain.
The temple is also known for a visit by the famous poet Basho, who composed a short poem about the peace and stillness of the area.
One warm summer evening I ventured up there to experience the peace and stillness for myself
Find out more about Yamadera Temple.
Hannah lives in Sydney and spends most of her time dreaming of being somewhere else. She loves karaoke, hates making plans in advance, and will probably never be able to read a map.