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Shoshazan Engyoji, Himeji

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Journey to the massive, picturesque temple complex of Shoshazan Engyoji, with ancient structures peppered throughout a densely forested mountain top. Established over 1,000 years ago, the complex remains lovingly preserved, and still serves worshippers and monks in training to this day. Across its sprawling site you'll observe huge temple halls with immaculately designed wooden architecture, filled with Buddhist artifacts and treasures. The site served as a shooting location in the Hollywood movie, "The Last Samurai," and it's easy to see why. Wear sturdy shoes to negotiate the uneven ground, and bring enough water for your trip. Use our Himeji trip itinerary maker app to arrange your visit to Shoshazan Engyoji and other attractions in Himeji.
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  • Such an incredible area. I visited Shoshazan Engyohi with the intent on hiking up here. I took the trail from the parking lot near the tramway and it took 30 minutes to hike to the top. The trail was....  more
    Such an incredible area. I visited Shoshazan Engyohi with the intent on hiking up here. I took the trail from the parking lot near the tramway and it took 30 minutes to hike to the top. The trail was....  more »
  • We planned our trip to Himeji and allowed extra days so we could visit Shoshazan Engyoji, arriving at the bus station we were told that the tramway is closed all of February until mid March. There is....  more
    We planned our trip to Himeji and allowed extra days so we could visit Shoshazan Engyoji, arriving at the bus station we were told that the tramway is closed all of February until mid March. There is....  more »
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  • Beautiful Buddhist temple complex spread out over mountains. Stunning architecture melds with beautiful nature to create a pleasant place to ramble. There are many different sights, from the majesty of the three halls, to the intricate statues that line the winding pathway from entrance to the main complex. You will find some amenities such as toilets and a cafe, although I'd strongly suggest taking drinks, snacks and a decent pair of shoes. It is a mountain and the paths are sometimes steep. That's part of its charm. My only word of caution is access. It is via a cable car, which you may be nervous of if, like me, you don't like heights. I found it a smooth and stable ride, and it only lasts for 4 or 5 minutes.
  • Beautiful temple with interesting architecture/facades compared to other Japanese temples. I followed the address according to Google maps and it took me to a residential area. I then went to the nearby Ropeway which is a cable car up the mountain. I did one way up and then walked down but recommend round trip because the walk down is rocky at times and it doesn't take you back to the parking lot. The path to the temple has beautiful statues with a forest background. The temples were featured in The Last Samurai movie. Huge grounds, well worth the 500 yen entry.

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