Hello dear readers!
This is going to be a VERY LONG post!!
For your convenience, I would break this up into 3 Parts to make it easier to load & read through.
This is Part 1 of 3:
Himeji Castle is undoubtedly the most iconic attraction of Himeji City, Hyogo.
However, at present – Japan’s greatest castle has been undergoing a five-year restoration process.
Some of you, therefore, might hesitate to visit Himeji due to the construction.
Well, Himeji is a rough gem and there’s plenty more to be offered other than the castle.
For those interested, check out my previous posts on Himeji Castle & Kokoen Garden.
I’d like to introduce some of Himeji’s charms today.
|Does this scene look familiar? This is one of the locations where “The Last Samurai” was filmed!
One place that is definitely worth a visit is Engyoji Temple on Mount Shosha, which was the film location of my favorite Hollywood movie: The Last Samurai.
So..Good morning everyone!
I was still so sleepy…
…Morning blues, i guess?
Probally because we left Osaka early in the morning to catch a train to Himeji!
We got ourselves some takeout food at the nearby Kiosk – to happily munch along the way!
Saved time, saves money & tastes yummy!
(what more could you ask for…?)
And about 60mins later, we have arrived in Himeji train station!
Finally!? Nope, we’re only just halfway to our destination!!
To save time, we took a taxi.
Heading towards the Mount Shosha Ropeway station.
Got some pretty decent views from inside the taxi too!
|A fountain in the serene gardens on Mount Shosha
Mount Shosha Ropeway station – we’re here!
Beautiful gardens and fountains surround the station.
Now, all we have to do is to get tickets and board the aerial lift – cable car, up towards Mount Shosha.
Mount Shosha Ropeway
|Waiting for take-off
The Mount Shosha Ropeway is a Japanese aerial lift line in Himeji, Hyogo prefecture, operated by the city government.
The entire operation is managed by Shinki-Bus, a local bus company.
Inside the carriage of the Ropeway.
|Beautiful view of Himeji from the Ropeway
Truly beautiful views of the entire Himeji city can be enjoyed, whilst riding the Ropeway.
Spectacular view from the cable car. You could even see Himeji Castle!
Opened in 1958, the line climbs Mount Shosha of Engyo-ji, a famous temple.
Engyoji’s temple buildings are spread over a spacious, densely forested area on the mountain top.
In just minutes, the Ropeway will carry you up the mountain, lush with natural beauty.
From the atop the Ropeway station at the top of Mount Shosha, it took about a 10-15 minute walk uphill to reach Niomon Gate.
From there its roughly another 10-15 minutes walk to reach the Maniden, a beautiful wooden temple hall – the main attraction; constructed on pillars on a steep slope.
And here we are, finally on top of Mount Shosha!
From the top you have a panoramic view of Himeji city and the Harimanada Sea.
This is the Ropeway station terminal atop Mount Shosha.
|This is the Ropway station terminal atop Mount Shosha
To be continued in Part 2, stay tuned to see what’s there; at the top of Mount Shosha!
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