The Engyo-ji Temple on Mount Shosha in Himeji has over 2,000 years of history, and it became even more famous in 2003 as a filming location for 'The Last Samurai.' Before that, it had long been known for its beautiful fall foliage, which peaks at the end of November and is marked by the Mt. Shosha Autumn Leaf Festival.
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I enjoyed living in Japan for nearly seven years. After studying Journalism and Japanese studies in Chicago, I first went to Japan in 2005 and taught English for two years. I returned to the States, but I soon found myself back again. My second time in Japan was only for one year, which I spent working at a Japanese company. On my third stretch, I returned with my wife and ended up working at a study abroad agency, helping Japanese students pursue their dreams of studying English in different countries. I spent all of my seven years living in Hyogo, the heart of Japan, where I split my free time between traversing the great outdoors and seeking out design-centric shops and cafes in Kobe and the Hanshin area. Hyogo has a little bit of everything, and it's the perfect fit for someone who loves both beautiful, natural scenery and modern, urban adventure.