This ancient temple was founded in 860 AD by Ennin, a monk of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. Yamadera simply means “mountain temple”, although its proper name is Hojusanrishaku-ji. This temple is one of the most significant sacred sites in the Northeastern Tohoku region of Japan, capturing the attention of an enormous number of the faithful. It is said that earthly desires blocking you from enlightenment begin to fade away with each step you take up the 1,015 stone stairs on the trek from the foot of the mountain to the temple itself. At the end of the stone stairs is the Godai-dou, known to have the best view in Yamadera. The view from Godai-dou made we forget our weary feet.