Engyo-ji, situated near Mount Shosha and proximate to Himeji Castle, is a temple complex under the Tendai sect of Buddhism.
The temple is lined up with maple and cherry trees, and statues of the thousand-armed goddess Kannon, and the trail leads to Daiko-do, a structure where some of the scenes of The Last Samurai were shot.
The temple is near the world-famous Himeji castle, which is also worth a visit.
From Himeji Station, take bus number 8 to the terminal stop "Mount Sosha Ropeway", trip will approximately last for 30 minutes, 270 one way, and departures every 20 minutes. Then, take the ropeway up the mountain (500 yen, one way; 900 yen round trip).
There's also a convenient ticket that combines a round trip by bus from Himeji Station to the ropeway station and the cable car roundtrip for 1,300 yen. It is available at the ticket counter of the Shinki Bus Terminal in front of Himeji Station.
The temple is open from 8:30 to 17:00. Admission fee is 300 yen.
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