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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. Plan your visit to Shoshazan Engyoji and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Himeji tour planner.
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  • We did this area as part of our Hemiji stop. Well worth the time and being a UNESCO site has a lot of history attached to it. We did it on our own so didn't get the full story but it has a special fee...  more »
  • To complete the previous reviews... We stayed a night in hospitality Myokoin held by the monks. The traditional rooms are spacious, clean and sober, devoid of any artifice. The bathroom and toilet rooms are more rustic, the image of monastic life. Vegetarian, excellent, meals are served in your room. Wifi connections and electric to prepare the visit of the site. Opportunity to participate in religious ceremonies with the monks present.
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  • Yes it is interesting Yes c is beautiful although it n there have only qqs temples to visit, but it takes courage to do everything on foot
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