Shoshazan Engyoji

Shoshazan Engyoji, Himeji: Hours, Address, Shoshazan Engyoji Reviews: 4.5/5

Shoshazan Engyoji
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,692 contributions
An Amazing Area, Full of Beauty
Oct 2020
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 pretty easy and well maintained, I even came here while it was pouring rain all day. Once you get to the entrance, there is a fee and then another 10-15 minute walk until you reach the first temple. Along the path there are several statues to look at. There really is no right way to explore the area as the temples and structures are scattered around the mountain top. All the temples are gorgeous especially how they are tucked away into the forest. Several buildings allow visitors to enter, remember to take your shoes off. This place is definitely magical and well worth a visit, I can see why films are shot here, it appears to be Japan as it once was before technology. Highly Recommended!
Written October 28, 2020
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GClife
Gold Coast, Australia1,500 contributions
Tramway closed
Feb 2020 • Couples
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 no notification on the website advising of this lengthy closure. You can walk to the top, it takes 50 minutes, uphill on a rocky rough path, we elected not to do this.
Written February 9, 2020
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Sak I
Orange, Australia404 contributions
Magnificent
Jan 2020
Although I am a Japanese frequent traveller, I had not known this temple before I visited Himeji. Probably this temple is not famous among people who live in the areas except Kansai. My impression about Shoshasan is as magnificent as famous huge temples such as Koyasan and Hieizan.
Written January 2, 2020
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Fanazmi
Singapore, Singapore181 contributions
It is a hike up......
Dec 2019 • Solo
After the Ropeway ride up, pay the entrance fee and you will face a pleasant but tiring hike up to see the temples. There is a shuttle bus (for a fee) that can bring the visitors up if they choose not to hike up.

Very tranquil and quiet place, unlike some of the other temples or shrines. Not as many people as it is a little out of the way for most tourist/visitors of Himeji.

At least half a day is required for this place. Better if you packed lunch and have a picnic after the hike up.
Written December 30, 2019
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Peter K
Perth, Australia92 contributions
A serene and spiritual experience
Dec 2019 • Solo
Himeji has much more to offer than a castle. On Mount Shosha is the magnificent Enkyoji Temple. It’s actually a series of temples and shrines amongst beautiful nature, creating a serene spiritual experience. ‘The Last Samurai’ was apparently filmed here. Caught the rope-way up (600 yen) and hiked down (free and fun - note some areas were quite steep). Lovely views of Himeji in certain spots. Bamboo walking sticks are thoughtfully placed along the track up/down. Highly recommended.
Written December 18, 2019
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Dugg62
Adelaide, Australia66 contributions
Serene
Dec 2019
Took a 30 minute bus trip, cable car(ropeway) and then it is a 15-20 minute walk to the Temple complex. Although uphill the walk is quite lovely and not beyond most moderately fit people. The Temples cover a considerable area and spending a bit of time absorbing the surroundings is thoroughly recommended.
There is a small cafe which serves basic food and drink. Sit there for a few minutes to contemplate before returning to the ropeway or hiking all the way down.
Written December 15, 2019
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Wireless
Nishinomiya, Japan10 contributions
A “Mont Saint-Michel” in Orient !
Sep 2019
書写山円教寺は東洋のモンサンミッシェル!
Engyouji Temple at Syosya Mountain (書写山 円教寺− Syosyazan Engyouji)

Engyouji Temple, located on the top of Syosya Mountain near Himeji Castle, has similarities with Mont Saint-Michel of France.

The similarities don’t come from the appearance, but from the religious and spiritual aspects.

Engyouji Temple, an old and regency Buddhist Temple, was established by high priest “Shoukuu” in AD 966.

(Remarks) It is a coincidence that Mont Saint-Michel was also established in AD 966.

The temple is located on the top of Syosya Mountain and the mountain itself is a religious sanctuary apart from common living life.
The temple used to be the place for monks to practice the teachings of Buddha.
This feature is reminiscent of Mont Saint-Michel.

Of course the temple allows tourists to visit there today. (Same as Mont Saint-Michel)
You can enjoy the marvelous Japanese Cuisine “Shoujin Ryouri “ based on the ancient recipe at Michelin Restaurant in the temple. (Reservation required)
江戸時代のレシピで忠実に作られた精進料理を境内のミシュランレストランで頂ける。(要予約)

November is considered one of the best scenery season with maple autumn red leaves.

For your reference, the temple was the location place where Tom Cruse starring film “Last Samurai “ was shot.

Let’s go to Engyouji Temple , just 30 minutes drive from World Heritage “Himeji Castle “ and ride on Ropeway (cable car)!!!

It is a worth to come and touch Japanese historic culture.
Written November 5, 2019
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David L Angus
Perth, UK52 contributions
Forest hideaway
Oct 2019 • Couples
Took a30min bus up to the bottom of the ropeway and got the cable car up. Stepping through the gate there was peaceful serenity within the area. A pleasant walk up a neat pathway, aided by freely available poles, and flanked by statues of Buddhas every 15m led up to a series of magnificent buildings dotted over the mountainside. Easily walked through the forest these buildings were worthy of the setting. We walked back down the hill which took around 40 mins to descend. A bit steep in places but pick the right path and it wasn't bad. There's a shuttle bus from the top of the ropeway but it's a nice walk for about 15 mins up the way. It also offers a really good view across Himeji to the south and you can just about make out the castle top.
Written October 21, 2019
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Christophe PJ
Knokke-Heist, Belgium372 contributions
Really amazing!
Aug 2019 • Family
Amazing. It's a bit off the beaten track but I'm so glad I visited. One of the highlights of our trip.
You can hike all the way up or take the ropeway.
Written September 4, 2019
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Laura M
Indooroopilly, Australia31 contributions
The most magnificent Temple
Jul 2019 • Couples
We arrived to Himeji around lunchtime and we decided to visit Mt Shosha just because some friends recommended. It was absolutely awesome, they are few tourists around but it is no crowded as the other temple. It’s in the middle of an amazing forest and obviously you have to be prepared to walk up and down but this place is absolutely magnificent.
Written July 26, 2019
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