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Shoshazan Engyoji

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Address: 2968 Shosha, Himeji 671-2201, Hyogo Prefecture
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+81 79-266-3327

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Best place in Himeji

If you happen to visit Himeji castle and still have time, this place is a must to visit. It was very peaceful up there and the temples were beautiful.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 January 2017
Inyong J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

If you happen to visit Himeji castle and still have time, this place is a must to visit. It was very peaceful up there and the temples were beautiful.

Thank Inyong J
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

If you are this far out from the big cities, you are most likely a nature person so let’s spend a few hours at the Engyoji Temple of Mount Shosha. The small Hollywood connection led us to become aware of this place, but the place is magical on its own. This is your chance to slip into a hill-sized time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

We didn't see a lot of non-Japanese tourists, but this place is really beautiful. Don't be scared to get there, you just need to take a bus #8 from Himeji Station (bus stop #10). Station names are not in English, but if you see a cable way icon you know, that it's your bus. It's a terminal station so you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

There are actually several temples and a tea/gift shop at the top of Mt. Shosha. Enjoyed wandering and exploring the many buildings and walkways in an atmosphere of quiet contemplation. Bamboo walking sticks are complementary and recommended!

1 Thank Amy M
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Well worth a visit. 1300¥ for a combined bus and cable car ticket to get you to the temple complex then a 2km walk through the woods to see several complexes of temples, many huge complex wood constrictions. Very peaceful place. Recommended.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

I took the ropeway to the entrance and highly recommended that. Pack your walking shoes because you are going to need them! The hike is beautiful and peaceful and I spent most of the day enjoying everything this place had to offer.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Mt. Shosha and the temple complex are absolutely worth the effort, if you have the time for the 30 min. one way local bus ride and then trip up ropeway plus a mimimum of 2 hours to walk around (last return on ropeway is 5pm). The temple complex is set out throughout the mountain top and unlike Mt Koya is... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Buy the "Round Trip Transportation Ticket for Mt. Shosha Ropeway & Bus" for 1300 yen at the "Bus Information Center" on the 1st floor of the QWELL building across from JR Himeji Station's Central Exit and Bus #8 leaves from a stop nearby. We took the 2:43 pm bus leaving Himeji Castle (right side of the road once you exit... More 

6 Thank redeyeblues
Kobe, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is a pilgrimage site so be prepared for the many people that you will encounter. There are many temples on top of Shoshazan and Engyoji is just one of them and it is the first that you will encounter once off the ropeway. The hike is not very strenuous and we did not need the hiking poles that we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I can only recommend to visit this hidden treasure in mountains above the Himeji city. Just few people walking around, quiet and sacred place with several small and big temples which are just in nature wood colors and not over-painted and over decorated. All temples are surrounded by wild beautiful nature with simple paths. Good small restaurant with local food... More 

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