Shrines & Temples

    Senbon Enma-do Temple

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    Senbon Enma-do Temple


    Enma is the name of the King of the Japanese Hell.  This temple curiously enshrines Enma as the main deity.  The person who opened this temple was Takamura Ono, a court officer, who was believed to have a mysterious power that enabled him to connect to the world on the other side.  Originally, this location was the graveyard where people discarded dead bodies but Ono established a hall and enshrined Enma and commemorated the spirit of the dead.  This temple is also famous as the venue of one of the three largest kyogen plays in Kyoto.  It is believed that Enma judges whether a person goes to heaven or hell at the gate of another world, but here, he is deeply worshipped as the figure that listens to the people’s hearts who truly wish to cleanse themselves and tries to help them, regardless of religion.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,December issue,2013


    Name Senbon Enma-do Temple
    Address 34 Enma-mae-cho, Senbon-dori Ashiyamadera-agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-462-3332
    Hours 9:00-17:00
    Recommended Entry: Free of charge in the precinct; Sho-den Hall: 500 yen