Enjōji Temple
(courtesy of the tourist association of Nara City)

Enjōji Temple

The temple of a Buddhist sect called Omuroha of Shingonshū in Ninnikusen-chō of Nara City. The title of Ninnikusen capping the name of the temple comes from “ninniku” (which means to suffer through any difficulties), one of the six moral ideas that the Buddhist trainer should practice. Allegedly, it was founded by Myōzen (date of birth and death unknown), a priest, in 1026. In the Muromachi Period (1336 – 1573), the small and large buildings of the temple were destroyed by fire, so in 1511, it was rebuilt by relocating another Enjōji Temple with the same name that had been located in Yamashiro-no-kuni (present day Kyōto Pref.). In front of Rōmon Gate (two-storied gate), there is a large garden that was created in the late Heian Period (794 – 1185) by modeling after Buddhist Gokurakujōdo (the land of Perfect Bliss). Moreover, Enjōji Temple was located along the mountain road called Yagyūkaidō Road or Takisaka-no-michi Road that stretches from the side of Kasugataisha Shrine to Yagyū (present day Yagyū-chō of Nara City). Currently, this road is very popular as a hiking course in which one can enjoy the virgin forest of Mt. Kasuga.