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Shoshazan Engyoji Temple書寫山圓教寺


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.


Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Shosha 2968 (Himeji / Ako / HarimaArea)

phone 0792663327

8:30-17:00 (RopewayGo throughHours is depending on the season)

Review of Shoshazan Engyoji

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Reviewed:2019/12/30 It is a hike up......
After the Ropeway ride up, pay the entrance fee and you will face a pleasant but tiring hike up to see the temples. There is a shuttle bus (for a fee) that can bring the visitors up if they choose...
Reviewed:2019/12/19 A serene and spiritual experience
Himeji has much more to offer than a castle. On Mount Shosha is the magnificent Enkyoji Temple. It’s actually a series of temples and shrines amongst beautiful nature, creating a serene spiritual...
Reviewed:2019/12/16 Serene
Took a 30 minute bus trip, cable car(ropeway) and then it is a 15-20 minute walk to the Temple complex. Although uphill the walk is quite lovely and not beyond most moderately fit people. The Temples...

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Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Shosha 2968 [ map ]
Himeji / Ako / HarimaArea
8:30-17:00 (RopewayGo throughHours is depending on the season)
open everyday
[Visitation fee]500yen
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          Hyogo prefecture stretches from the north coast to the south coast on the western end of the popular Kansai region, encompassing verdant mountains, urban beaches, and fantastic historical sights. The prefecture’s main attractions lie along the south coast at Kobe, the prefectural capital, a pretty harbor city best known for its production of the renowned Kobe beef, and Himeji, the home of Himeji Castle, one of the country’s most beautifully preserved feudal castles, perched magically atop a hill.

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