This Tendai sect temple is often referred to as the “Mount Hiei of the West” (in reference to the mountain in Kyoto). Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple is the 27th stop on the 33 sacred temple Kannon pilgrimage route in Saigoku (the Kinki Area and Gifu Prefecture), and getting off the ropeway immerses visitors in world of deep mountains and dark valleys. The impressive Maniden hall, bearing a resemblance to Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, and Jogyodo hall, registered as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, make the temple a worthy destination.
|Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple
2968 Shosha, Himeji City
|8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Closed for 3 weeks in December for ropeway inspection
|Admission fee: 500 yen