Zen Meditation Experience At Shoshazan Engyoji Temple

Let’s try real Buddhist practices, Zazen and Shakyo (hand-copying sutra), at a magnificent temple on the top of a mountain, which is known as the setting of the famous movie, The Last Samurai.

There is a temple which was used as the setting of a famous Hollywood movie, The Last Samurai. The temple is located on the top of a mountain where you can have a panoramic view of Himeji city. Climbing up the mountain by bus and Ropeway, you will arrive at a temple surrounded by bountiful forests. Practicing Zazen will enhance relaxation through meditation, and practicing Shakyo (hand-copying sutra) will enliven you with its medication feature. The specific Shakyo you will practice in this plan is called "Hanabira Shakyo (Hanabira means a flower petal). From children to adults, everyone can casually try this by writing down word by word on colored paper in the shape of flower petals. You can refresh at the sacred place by meditating and concentrating on the practices. A Buddhist monk will lead the way and introduce various episodes regarding Buddhism.


2 Working Days
210 minutes
Voucher Type
Email Confirmation
No Amendments
No Refunds

Operating Hours

Duration: 3.5 hours

Timing: 10am, 12pm

What You Get

Zen Meditation Experience at Shoshazan Engyoji Temple

General admission


  • Tools necessary for practicing Zazen and Shakyo


  • Ropeway ticket (round trip 1,000 yen)
  • Entrance fee (500 yen)
  • Mountain bus fee (one way 500 yen)
Additional information:
  • This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants
  • The activity will be carried out in Japanese and basic English

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

Shoshazan Engyo-ji: 2968, Shosha, Himeji, Hyogo, ‭672-2201‬


  1. Take a bus for Mt. Shosha Ropeway (a cable car) at Himeji Station (1 hour)
  2. Take the ropeway (5 min.) *Please purchase a ticket by yourself (Round trip 1,000 yen)
  3. Take the mountain bus (5 min.) *Please purchase a ticket by yourself (one way 500 yen)
  4. Arrive at Engyo-ji Temple
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