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Shoshazan Engyo-ji is a temple of Tendai (Taintai) Buddhism built around 1,000 years ago, located on top of Mt. Shosha. Mt. Shosha is the tallest mountain within Himeji City at 370 meters elevation and can be climbed up with a ropeway. Engyo-ji is a place with many national important cultural properties such as the maniden hall with a similar structure to that of Kyoto's Kiyomizu-dera, and a mitsunodo hall, frequently used for movie shootings. There are also restaurants so that you can explore the great nature while taking relaxing breaks.
- 2968 Shosha, Himeji-shi, Hyogo
- Contact No.
- From JR Himeji Station, take bus for 25 min, get off at last stop, take ropeway for 4 min and get off at Sanjo Station. Walk for 20 min.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 90 minutes
- Admission fee
- 500 yen
- Other Information
- *Wifi available *Brochures available in English
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Maniden, Resembling Kyoto's Kiyomizu-Dera
At the center of Engyo-ji, you can see the maniden hall with its noble atmosphere. The maniden hall has the same structure as Kyoto's Kiyomizu-dera and its greatness is nothing short of impressive. It can be entered so you should definitely go and enjoy the view from the top.
Mitsunodo Hall, Used in Hollywood Movies
Continuing from maniden hall, you will see a temple hall called the mitsunodo. It is divided into three parts of main hall, dining hall and training hall and its appearance, still remains the same as in the Muromachi period, is very impressive. It has been used as a shooting location for the Hollywood film Last Samurai as well as Japanese history dramas.
Restaurants in Perfect Locations for Exploring
There are restaurants located inside Engyo-ji so that you can explore without hurry. Close to the maniden, there is a variety of choices like udon, oden and desserts, and there is also a place where you can eat authentic Japanese food near the important cultural property Juryo-in.