Shoshazan Engyoji, Himeji

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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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  • Once you arrive by the rope tram you will realize why Hollywood chose such a magnificent place to film the movie. If it's not crowded you will feel the tranquility of stepping back in time in this pea...  more »
  • We arrived at the cable car and started to walk through a natural environment as the best photographs, in every corner there is a statue, a door, a building that respecting the environment filled corners that deserve to be explored. In the center of the complex are 3 building not find out if they are 3 temples or one very large, central you can visit and is full of photographs of some of the films that have been shot there, but missing that took us to us "The last Samurai". A pity to ignore that you could sleep in any of the temples, must be a unique experience to wake up in a so quiet.
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  • Take care and please walk downhill, uphill walking slowly, and you want to come because so many twigs had fallen after a typhoon had
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The UNESCO-protected castle brings plenty of visitors to Himeji, so the quiet city possesses enough accommodations to be able to suit their eclectic tastes and diverse budgets. Located in clusters among the main commercial squares close to the train station, you'll find the main hotels, including budget and luxury options. Look to the side streets of this central district for a fair selection of hostels and guesthouses. The high speed train service connecting Himeji to Osaka and Kyoto means that many visitors choose to visit during a day trip from one of these large cities.
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