Welcome to Yamadera
Immortalised by the itinerant haiku master, Matsuo Bashō in The Narrow Road to the Deep North (1689), Yamadera (山寺) is home to some very special mountain temple buildings. The town was founded in AD 860 by priests who carried with them the sacred flame from Enryaku-ji near Kyoto, believing that Yamadera's rock faces were the boundaries between this world and the next. Supposedly that flame remains lit to this day. Although it's possible (though precarious) to visit Yamadera during winter, a visit in the warmer months will be more enjoyable.