Historic sites in Hyogo Prefecture
What we'll do
This tour will take you around a variety of historical landmarks in Hyogo, so we recommend it for history enthusiasts. At the Takeda Castle Ruins, there are several ways to enjoy the scenery, which carries depending on where you look from. At Shoshazan Engyoji Temple, a large number of temple buildings are lined up on the quiet mountain. Registered as national cultural properties, these standing images are called "Western Hieizan," and this area is also famous for being used as a filming location for numerous movies and dramas. Himeji-jo Castle, registered as a World Heritage Site, is also known as "Hakuro-jo." Curious about the second name? That's one of many things you'll learn if you participate in this tour.
- Price per person
- 5,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.
1Takeda Castle Ruins
The Takeda Castle Ruins are rare examples of mountaintop castle ruins. The castle is also called a “lying tiger castle” because it resembles a lying tiger. When morning mist arises on a sunny early-morning in the late fall, its shape wraps around the surrounding sea of clouds and brings to mind a great castle floating through the the sky. At some point, it came to be known by the names, the “Castle in the Sky” and the “Japanese Machu Picchu.”
2Mt. Shosha Engyoji Temple
Mt. Shosha Engyoji Temple is a historical Buddhist temple in the mountains of Himeji city. It is one of the 33 temples of the Kannon Pilgrimage Route in the Kansai region. You can hike up the mountain or take a ropeway right up to the temple's entrance. The temple buildings are spread over a large area on the mountain top, so it will take you some time to explore the whole complex. One of the highlights is the beautiful wooden Maniden hall that is a 20-30 minutes walk away from the ropeway station. Mt. Shosha and the Engyoji Temple has been used as a filming locations for various movies, including the Hollywood blockbuster The Last Samurai because of their scenic location and the atmospheric historical buildings.
Himejijo Castle was registered as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1993. Whereas many of the castles registered as World Heritage sites are built of stone or brick, in Himeji Castle, the main buildings are built of wood, excluding the moat and stone walls. It can be said that its architectural style and design are invaluable and unparalleled anywhere in the world. Where, a wood design would normally be a detriment in that any wood building would suffer a lack of longevity, Himejijo Castle's survival in spite of this only adds to its allure. When spring comes, the periphery of Himeji Castle is enveloped in about 1,000 cherry trees, and the view seen from the tower of Himeji Castle has been selected as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.”