Shoshazan Engyoji Temple

A Tendai sect Buddhist temple which is the 27th station on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. Founded in 966 by the priest Shoku, due to its high status, it is nicknamed the Mt. Hiei (a mountain sacred to the Tendai sect) of the West. The entire top of Mt. Shosha is dotted with the temple’s buildings, such as the great hall which serves as the main temple nave, the refectory, and Jogyodo Hall. Today, visitors can take a ropeway to Sanjo Station, the closest station to the temple, after which it’s an approximately one kilometer/20 minute walk along the temple path before reaching the Maniden Hall in the center of the mountain. A microbus service is also available. The grounds contain a dining hall where visitors can enjoy traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, as well as a traditional lodging house for pilgrims.

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  • An Amazing Area, Full of Beauty
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.10.28
    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...
  • Tramway closed
    1.0 Reviewed : 2020.02.09
    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...
  • Magnificent
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.01.02
    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...

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