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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

Course Map

JR Himeji Station

30 minutes on the Shinki Bus and 5 minutes on the ropeway from Himeji Station


2 hours

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.

5 minutes on the ropeway, and 30 minutes on the Shinki Bus


1 hour

Enjoy lunch while appreciating the beauty of the Japanese-style garden.

5 minute walk

Himeji Castle

2 Hours

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)

30 minutes on the Shinki Bus, and 5 minutes on the ropeway from Himeji Station

JR Himeji Station Bansankan

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