Hyogo Prefecture Photo Library No.18 Himeji / Kakogawa sightseeing spots

The 18th in the series, which introduces the charm of Hyogo Prefecture with photos, introduces the sightseeing spots of Himeji and Kakogawa, focusing on the cherry blossom scenery of Himeji Castle and Hiokayama Park. Kokoen, a migratory garden right next to Himeji Castle, Shoshazan Engyoji Temple, famous for the location of the movie last samurai, a Japanese sake maker, Nadagiku Sake Brewery, founded in 110 years, Attractive spots such as “Kakurinji Temple” will appear.

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[Sakura of Himeji Castle]

World cultural heritage, national treasure Himeji Castle. In spring, about 1,000 cherry trees such as Yoshino cherry tree and weeping cherry are in full bloom. The bright white walls and the beautiful scenery of the cherry blossoms and cherry blossoms on the 5th and 7th floors have been selected as one of “100 famous places for Japanese cherry blossoms”.

[Koko-en]

Himeji Castle West Garden House Garden “Koko-en” is a Japanese garden with a pond spring excursion built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Himeji City system. The area is approximately 10,000 tsubo (3.5 ha) and opened on April 29, 1992. The name “Koko-en” was named after the school “Kokodo” near the entrance of the garden.

It is made up of nine gardens with different tastes, taking advantage of the land divisions of the mansion and passages that have been confirmed through excavations, with the world heritage and national treasure Himeji Castle as a borrowed landscape. In addition, the appearance of Yashiki gates, Nagaya gates, white walls, and Tsukiji lanterns is a landscape that resembles a Buke Yashiki in the Edo period, and is used as a location for many movies and period plays.

[Shoshazan Engyoji]

Shoshazan Engyoji is an old temple of Tendai Buddhism that was opened in 966 by Shoku Shonin. The 27th temple on the Saikoku 33 pilgrimage,Along with Enryaku-ji and Daisen-ji, it is one of the three major temples of the Tendai sect, also known as “West Hieizan”.The precincts where the monks practiced are surrounded by quiet and dignified air.

From here, walk through the temple gate (Niomon) for about 10 minutes and you will see “Maniden” in front. “Maniden” is built by the same construction method as Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto.

If you go through the cedar stand from “Maniden”, you will find “Three Halls”, “Large Auditorium”, “Dining Hall”, and “Temporary Hall” which are important national cultural properties. The second floor of the cafeteria is a treasure house.

In the movie, it became the location of “Last Samurai”, “Honnoji Hotel”, NHK Taiga drama “Musashi”, “Gunshi Kanbei”. This temple is also famous as a location for movies and dramas.

[Nadagiku Brewery]

Sake maker founded in 1910 (Meiji 43). A wooden brewery from the time of its establishment exists and you can visit the brewery.

The tasting sake brewery displays sake brewing tools that were used from the time of its establishment until the Showa 30s. You can enjoy tasting and shopping at the direct sales office. There is a “Sake Brewery Restaurant” that is a renovated wooden brewery.

Mr. Sakai from Nadagiku Shuzo is Mitsusa Kawaishi, the third brewer. He is also active as a woman who is rare in Japan. In addition, this site is the ruins of the Kuroda family leader Zensuke Kuriyama who was close to Kuroda Kanbei. There is a large pot monument next to the red Double decker bus in the parking.

[Hiokayama Park]

This is a comprehensive park with a maximum area of ​​35.8ha in Kakogawa City. The whole area is called the Hiokayama Tumulus Group, and there are five Zenpo Kouenfun, including the Hioka Goryo (the Empress tomb of Emperor Keiko).

Sports facilities such as ground, gymnasium, martial arts hall, baseball stadium, tennis court, and pool are also available. In the spring, it is a cherry blossom viewing spot with about 1,000 cherry trees in full bloom, including Yoshino cherry tree, Kanhi cherry tree, and Oshima cherry tree. During the cherry blossom season, you can enjoy the cherry blossom viewing at night.

[Kakurinji]

The Buddhist temple in Kakogawa is called the Tota-san mountain, the sect is the Tendai sect, and the principal is Yakushi Nyorai. It is No. 27 temple on the  Shin Saikoku 33 pilgrimage. It seems that there are many things that we don’t know about the founding of Kakurinji, but it seems that “Kakurinji Engi” has the following history.

The following is an excerpt from the history of HP Kakurinji
“Avoiding the conflict between Mr. Soga and Mr. Mononobe, the Korai monk, Eben, was hiding in the land of Harima. Visited and later erected a three-to-four seisha and named it “Totasan Shitenno Seireiin”. In the second year of Emperor Sushun (589), this is the beginning of Tsuruinji Temple. ”

Because it has many cultural properties, including two national treasures, from buildings such as the main hall (national treasure) and Taishido (national treasure), to Buddha statues such as “Golden bronze sacred Kannon (Aitata Kannon)”, paintings, and crafts. It is also called Horyu ji of Harima.