Himeji City in Hyogo Prefecture is home to many sightseeing spots, like World Heritage Site Himeji Castle, old Japanese gardens to stroll through, and the Ie Islands with their delicious seafood and beautiful scenery! This time, I’ll be introducing “Shoshazan Engyoji Temple,” a famous power spot in Himeji City.

There are many shrines and temples throughout Japan, and they’re a popular place to visit for both Japanese people and foreign tourists alike. Shoshazan Engyoji Temple, which I’ll be introducing, is known as a particularly strong power spot in Japan.

Since Shoshazan Engyoji Temple is located on top of a mountain at an altitude of 371 meters, I went up by ropeway. The ticket vending machines have English options available, so there’s no worries even if you don’t speak Japanese!

The ropeway cars depart every 15 minutes. I bought myself a ticket, and off I went!

It takes about 4 minutes to reach Ropeway Sanjo Station. The guides recommend riding the ropeway in the early morning or evening. If you go up in the morning, the clouds spread across the mountain, and if you’re lucky you might see a “sea of clouds.” In the evening you can see the beautiful sunset and the lights of Himeji City below you!

After walking about 80 meters from Sanjo Station, I reached the entryway Deva gate of Engyoji Temple. Even just at the entrance I could feel the power of this place.

Buildings you can feel the history of, trees that are hundreds of years old, the voices of rare birds, mossy rocks… I walked through the temple’s grounds, taking in all of the sacred atmosphere, before arriving at “Mani-den,” the heart of Engyoji Temple. This is where you can receive a “go-shuin” stamp that’s only available to people visiting this temple, so be sure to get it!

The entire top of the mountain is used as the grounds for Engyoji, so it’s rather expansive. Apparently it’s also been used in scenes for Hollywood movies, so it really is overwhelmingly huge!

If you really want to take your time and enjoy all the huge grounds of Engyoji has to offer, I’d recommend staying overnight! (Reservation required)
“Shukubo” is the term for accommodations for those visiting a temple. Guests can also enjoy “shojin ryori,” vegetarian meals eaten by Buddhist monks at temples.

Shoshazan Engyoji Temple is full of natural beauty as well as old buildings overflowing with history. I highly recommend visiting if you want to visit Japanese temples and take very Japan-esque commemorative photos!

Address2968 Shosha, Himeji City, Hyogo
Access25 minutes by taxi from JR Himeji Station

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Coming from Ukraine, she can also use Japanese, English, French, and Russian. Making good use of her linguistic abilities, she has traveled to over 40 countries so far. As a navigator on this site, she shares the attractions of Hyogo Prefecture.