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Mount Shosha: Retreat to beautiful fall foliage and temples on this mountainous, hidden gem in Himeji

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By Lilly Seiler

Himeji Castle is always an obvious point of conversation when people discuss Himeji. But, if you’re looking for an adventure a little off the beaten path, pay a visit to Engyoji Temple on Mount Shosha.

Mount Shosha isn’t a widely known mountain and generally doesn’t attract many travelers. This makes it an exceptionally peaceful location to enjoy Japan’s lush nature and elaborate temple grounds. Visitors can leisurely view incredible fall foliage during the autumn season without the crowds.

Engyoji Temple

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Engyoji Temple boasts over a thousand years of its legacy and is one of Japan’s best-kept secrets. It is located on the summit of Mount Shosha, located on the outskirts of Himeji City. Only a brief side-trip from central Himeji, a trip to this temple takes approximately 30 minutes by bus and ropeway.

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I used to live in Himeji and Mount Shosha really is worth a visit if you are ever there, its quite beautiful.

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