Access

Himeji City Mt. Shosha Ropeway
〒671-2201
1199-2 Shosha, Himeji, Hyogo
TEL 079-266-2006

Public Transit to the Mt. Shosha Ropeway

■Shinki Bus

★From Himeji Station: 28 min, ¥270
Get on the #8 bus bound for Mt. Shosha Ropeway at bus stop 10 from the Shinki Bus Himeji Station Bus Terminal.

★From Himeji Castle: 25 min, ¥270
From Himeji Castle intersection, walk on the right side of the road about 100 meters towards Himeji Station. Then get on the #8 bus bound for Mt. Shosha Ropeway from the Himeji-jo Otemonmae bus stop.

★From Koko-en Garden: 23 min, ¥270
Cross the intersection by Chokaku Shien Gakko Mae. On your right, you will see the Chokaku Shien Gakko / Koko-en Mae bus stop. Get on the #8 bus for Mt. Shosha Ropeway.

☆Combined bus and ropeway tickets are available at a discounted price!

Schedule

Departs every 15 minutes on the hour

  Day Dates of Operation Up Down
First Departure Daily at 8:30 am
Last Departure Weekdays March 1 to
October 10
5:45 pm 6:00 pm
October 11 to
end of February
4:45 pm 5:00 pm
Weekends & Holidays March 1 to March 31 5:45 pm 6:00 pm
April 1 to October 10 6:45 pm 7:00 pm
October 11 to
November 30
5:45 pm 6:00 pm
December 1 to end of February 4:45 pm 5:00 pm

*Open year-round, with the exception of December due to scheduled maintenance. (Please inquire about the dates.)

Fares

Individual Fares

  Adult Child
One Way ¥500 ¥250
Round Trip ¥900 ¥450

*Set of 11 tickets is sold for the price of 10 one-way tickets

Group Fares

  General Discount Student Group Discount
15+ people 10% off 20% off
100+ people 20% off 30% off
300+ people 30% off 40% off

*Fractions of less than 10 yen will be rounded off.

*Please contact Engyo-ji directly for information about mountain trails and admission fees (minibus fares).

The Trails

About the Mt. Shosha

Shoshazan Engyo-ji, a world heritage site and a national treasure, is located 6km northwest of Himeji Castle. It is a fascinating old temple in the former Harima Province with a rich history dating back over a thousand years. Scenes from "The Last Samurai (2003)", were filmed here. The grand-scale of this temple brought forth strong emotions from the director, and it was the first Hollywood movie made about the spirit of samurai. Recognized as both a world and a natural heritage site, the harmonious blend of culture and nature will surely inspire anyone who visits. We hope you will visit with modesty and a sense of quietude, just like the founder, Shoku Shonin, who showed respect for his monks that dedicated their lives to protecting this mountainous sanctuary.

Mt. Shosha (Engyo-ji) Trails & Estimated Time

For visits to Shoshazan Engyo-ji's main buildings (Quick Tour)

<To and from Sanjo Station: Approx. 1 hour>
  • Mt. Shosha (Sanroku Station)
  • Sanjo Station
  • Maniden at Engyo-ji
  • Sanjo Station
  • Mt. Shosha (Sanroku Station)

【POPULAR】For visits to Shoshazan Engyo-ji and all filming locations*

<To and from Sanjo Station: Approx. 2 - 2.5 hours>
  • Mt. Shosha (Sanroku Station)
  • Sanjo Station
  • Maniden at Engyo-ji
  • The Three Halls*, Inner Temple*
  • Sanjo Station
  • Mt. Shosha (Sanroku Station)

Engyo-ji operates a shuttle bus (fare required) from the temple entrance near Sanjo Station to Maniden on the temple grounds.

It takes approximately 5 minutes each way when riding the bus. It takes about 20 minutes each way if you walk the same route. Check here for more details, including operating schedules.

About the Mt. Shosha Ropeway

Mt. Shosha, at an elevation of 371 meters, is located to the northwest of Himeji City. The first ropeway was constructed in 1958. This ropeway used 2 cable cars, named Soyokaze and Sachikaze, that could hold 30 passengers each. In 1992, the ropeway was expanded, and currently operates with 2 cable cars, capable of carrying a maximum of 71 passengers each.

FAQ

Is Engyo-ji near Sanjo Station?
No, it takes about a 25 minute walk by mountain trail to reach Engyo-ji from Sanjo Station. Engyo-ji also operates a minibus from the station (fare required).
Can I reach Engyo-ji by car?
Besides the ropeway, the only way up the mountain is by foot. It is about a 50-minute hike from Sanroku Station to Sanjo Station. This trail is not paved, and some parts are rocky and uneven.
Is there anywhere to eat nearby?
Udon noodles, rice balls, and other light snacks are available at Hazuki Tea House, located on the Shoshazan Engyo-ji temple grounds. (Reservation required.) You can also enjoy vegetarian meals and lunch boxes at Engyo-ji Kaikan. A gourmet full-course Japanese vegetarian meal is served in Shosha lacquerware at Juryo-in, a sub-temple of an important cultural property. Yumenosoba (rice bowls and soba noodles) is a 5-minute drive from Sanroku Station.


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