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A Wonderful Place for Zen Embience

We did a side visit to Mt Shosaha after visiting Himeji. A short ropeway up to the top - 1000Y... read more

Reviewed November 23, 2018
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1000 year-old historical temples in the quiet nature

I’ve been to Mt Shosha many times all year round. In spring, we can enjoy cherry blossoms and... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
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Himeji, Japan
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

Himeji city is about 1 1/2 hrs away (by JR train) from Osaka where I stayed. You have to spend 1 1/2 to 2 hrs walking/hiking in order to go around Mt. Shosha. Came to love the place...very quiet and spiritual. If you don't want to walk, there's a small bus available (for a fee). Watched again the movie "Last Samurai" when I got home. Able to appreciate Japan more.

Date of experience: October 2011
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Reviewed October 2, 2009

We were staying in Himeji and decided to take the train to Mt. Shosha to see Engyoji Temple. We knew that it was the site of some scenes from the Last Samurai and since we were fans of the movie, we thought it would be neat to see.

To get to the temple from Himeji, we had to take a train, then a bus to Mt. Shosha. Then we took a ropeway up the mountain. After that, we had a one hour hike up the mountain to the temple. To make matters worse, it was hot and humid. We were given a map, but at some places it was difficult to figure out which road or path to take. The temple was nice to look at. After a few pictures, we headed back down the mountain. We did it all in reverse. The total time to see this temple was almost 5 hours.

It was a lot of work and time to see the Temple and we decided that it was not worth it in the end. We would have rather spent our time elsewhere.

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Reviewed February 23, 2006

This temple requires a lot of walking, so be forewarned. However, it's a gorgeous place. It's possible to do more than see the temple; I saw groups taking 'classes' in meditation, with a monk watching over them. I'm not sure how to do this, but the tourism bureau should be able to help.

To get there you need to take a bus from Himeji station (the bus depot immediately to the West/right as you exit on the castle side); it's about 20 minutes. Then you can either take a cable car to the top or hike; I've never done the hike, but I hear it's very nice though challenging. When I went last spring I walked from the cable car terminus back to Himeji; if you have a good sense of direction it's manageable in about an hour. The benefit of walking back? Just seeing things the average tourist will not.

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