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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
  • By simply selecting the arrival airport and major train stations around Japan, find routes to stations nearest your destination.
  • Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots.

Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

Usage Guide


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Shrines and Temples


Risshaku-ji Temple

Risshaku-ji was founded in 860 to oversee the operations of the Tendai sect of Buddhism in the Tohoku area. A famous story relates how Matsuo Basho, the leading Japanese haiku poet of the 17th century, visited the temple and composed a poem on its tranquil beauty in the woods. A monument to the poem stands in the temple compound. The Konpon-chu-do, a hall in the complex, was rebuilt in the 14th century and was designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. In it, a Buddhist flame transferred from the temple Hiei-zan has been kept lit since the foundation of the temple - more than 1,000 years . The Hiho-kan (treasure hall) enshrines the treasures of Risshaku-ji, the most significant of which is a monument to a Buddhist sutra which was built in 1144 and is designated an Important Cultural Property. Buddhist images and seated statues of high priests are also enshrined here.

4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata

Admission Fee
300 yen (regular fee)


JR Yamadera Station/On foot/7 min.

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