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The Buddhist temple Ryūshaku-ji ( Japanese 立 石 寺 ), also Risshaku-ji , popularly also called Yama-dera ( 山寺 , "mountain temple") is located in Yamagata prefecture on the way from Yamagata to Sendai . The Buddhist mountain temple founded by the high priest Ennin in 860 AD is famous due to the mountain landscape with the bizarre rocks and the scattered temples. There is a picturesque landscape, especially in autumn the color of the leaves is impressive .

The great haiku poet Matsuo Bashō visited the temples and was delighted. Yamadera had a strong influence on Basho's work Oku no Hosomichi .


  • The Guide of Yamagata (Brochure, German)
  • DJG Friends of Nagai - Bad Säckingen

Web links

Commons : Ryūshaku-ji  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 38 ° 18 ′ 45.2 "  N , 140 ° 26 ′ 14.6"  E