Zen Meditation Experience at the Last Samurai Temple

Price Per Person

Tour code : 006025H

From JPY 5,000

Tour Operating : Every Day at 1:00 p.m.


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Real introduction to Buddhist practices from the jushoku (chief priest) of this special temple.
Learn about zazen meditation and copying out sutras by hand. This mountaintop temple is famous for being in the Tom Cruise movie The Last Samurai.

Trip HighLights

  • Traditional ascetic training at a solemn hall which was used as the setting of the Hollywood movie "The Last Samurai"
  • Panoramic view of Himeji from a favorite vantage point above the city.
  • Mountain climbing and forest bathing at a place known for its spirituality
  • Ask about the culture and history in conversation with a Buddhist monk.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1


Engyo-ji TempleMeet monk at temple
Zazen (Zen meditation)
Shakyo (Hand-copying sutra)

What's Included

Buddhism Experience
Entrance Fees

What's Not Included

Transport to Tour Start Point

Access Information

Tour Start Point Engyoji - Maniden
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point To JR Himeji Station
・From Tokyo - approx 3.5hrs by Shinkansen
・From Kyoto - approx 50min by Shinkansen
・From Osaka - approx 50min by Shinkansen

From Himeji Station to ShoSha Zan Rope way Station on Shinki-Bus
About 30 minutes

From ShoSha Zan Rope way Station to Sanjyo Eki Station on Rope way
About 30 minutes

About 20 minutes walk from Sanjo Eki Station to Engyoji-Maniden
Time Required About three hours
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Buddhist Temple featured in The Last Samurai

Buddhist Temple featured in The Last Samurai

Shoshazan Engyō-ji is a temple complex belonging to the Tendai School. It was founded in Himeji over one thousand years ago.

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

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Including Zen Meditation and hand copying sutras