Yamadera: 1,000-step staircase to paradise

Travel Nov 8, 2014

Yamadera: 1,000-step staircase to paradise

by Mandy Bartok

We're only a few minutes into our climb up one of Yamagata Prefecture's holy mountains, Mount Hojusan, and already our pace has slowed considerably. Our destination is Risshakuji Temple, more colloquially known as Yamadera (literally: "mountain temple"), a far-north outpost of Tendai Buddhism since ...