Himeji Excursion: Visiting World Heritage Site and a Famous Film Location
5 hour course
This course visits Shoshazan-Engyoji, known for Himeji Castle (World Heritage Site) and as the filming location for the movie The Last Samurai.
Access to Himeji
40 minute train ride from Osaka Station / 40minute bullet train ride from Kyoto Station
JR Himeji Station
Located on top of Mt. Shosha, 371 meters above sea level, Engyoji is a temple of the Tendai sect. It is also known as Mt. Hiei of the west. You can try your hand at copying Japanese sutras and Zazen (seated meditation). It was selected as the filming location for the Hollywood movie The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise because of its beautiful harmony between the historical architecture and its surrounding nature.
Enjoy lunch while appreciating the beauty of the Japanese-style garden.
Designated a National Treasure in 1951, it was then registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993. Himeji castle never became a battleground and it also survived World War II. Due to its elegant appearance and white plastered walls, it was nicknamed the “White Heron Castle,” and it has become one of the most important historical treasures in the world.
* Information on the reconstruction of the main keep
From Monday, April 12, 2010 till January, 2011 visitors can’t enter the main keep. An observation space will be provided inside the roofed scaffold structure fully covering the main keep and open to the public.
Restoration of Himeji Castle Main Keep (PDF: 4092KB)
JR Himeji Station Bansankan
Shop for specialty and popular products of the western Harima Region.