Shoshazan Engyoji, Himeji

4.9
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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  • It is on the mountain which I climbed by the ropeway. It seems to take two hours if all the grounds are seen. Because there was no time, only the nun shrine visited. There were a lot of people who seemed to be filming the film.
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  • We came for the Goshuin, the engyoli temple monks were kind and were willing to do it for free. I would have given 5 stars but the monk at the jikido temple shut the window on us when he saw us pass h...  more »
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