You will hear a brief introduction of Mt. Hiromine and Mt.
Masui on the way.
Entrance) of Hiromine Shrine
You will see a panoramic
view of Himeji on the way up. You
will start hiking here and take a traditional
walking route [ 1 ] [ 2 ].
This shrine has a history of more than 2000 years. Susanowo-no-mikoto,
one of very first gods in Japan, and his son Isotakeru-no-mikoto
are the chief gods worshiped here. You can pray to the god
of agriculture, the god of direction and the god of the nation’s
growth. Susanowo-no-mikoto has been worshiped as the god
to protect us from misfortune and disease. Emperor Seiwa
ordered the building of a sub-shine of Hiromine in 867 to
stop disease prevailing in Kyoto. It is now the Yasaka Shine
where the famous Gion festival is held in summer. The present
main hall of Hiromine Shrine was built in the Muromachi era (15th century)
and the worshiping hall was rebuilt in the Edo period, and
both halls are selected as National Important Cultural Properties.
This shrine was also one of centers of the yin-yang school
in Japan. Based on your birth-year in the yin-yang teaching,
you can make a wish at the back of the shrine.
Along the path
We will walk at your pace, and you will enjoy
Temple on Mt. Masui
After 45 minutes walk, you will reach Zuiganji Temple. A
Korean Buddhist priest, Eben, founded this temple in the
7th century, by the order of Prince Shotoku-Taishi. This
temple has been supported by many royal family members, aristocrats
and samurais. In the Heian period, there were 36 halls
in the temple grounds at its peak, but many of them were ordered
to be torn down after the Meiji Restoration. However, Zuigannji
Temple is one of main temples in Himeji and its Demon
Expulsion Ceremony in February is well-known.
the ridge of Mt. Masui
We will visit two graves of Himeji Castle lords and their wives. If you read all Kanji
characters at the grave, the
turtle who protects the grave may
move. After seeing ruins
of a big tomb (6th century?), we will hike
down to the city.
On the way back, you will see other interesting spots and
hear related stories in Himeji.