Recommendation by Wabisavi
🍁⛩️ A short train ride away from either Sendai or Yamagata City, stands 𝗛𝗼𝗷𝘂𝘇𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗸𝘂 𝗧𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲, also commonly known as Yamadera. Exactly as the name (lit. "mountain temple") suggests, this temple is built into the side of a mountain. As I braved the gazillion steps to the top, I was humbled by the dozens of elderly climbing along with me. To my defense, after 1 week into my trip, I feel I should point out that my feet are wrapped in plasters from all the blisters I got from walking. The view from the top was breathtaking and well worth the climb (which is in fact not as difficult as I make it sound, and a round trip can be completed in around 1h). 🍙 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝘇𝗮𝗶 𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗼. After the climb, head to 𝗘𝗻𝗱𝗼 to try their shop's specialty soup. Leeks and mushrooms (sanzai), together with potato dumplings (imodango) are simmered in a delicious savoury soup that make for a perfect seasonal restoring snack. 🎫 Admission Fee: 300¥ https://www.yamadera.co.jp/osyokuji.html
Open today: 08:00-17:00
Yamadera, Yamagata, 999-3301, Japan
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