Fodor's Expert Review Enno-ji

Kita-Kamakura Religious Building/Site/Shrine

In the feudal period, Japan acquired from China a belief in Enma, the lord of hell, who, with his court attendants, judged the souls of the departed and determined their destination in the afterlife. Kamakura's otherwise undistinguished Enno-ji (Enno Temple) houses some remarkable statues of these judges—as grim and merciless a court as you're ever likely to confront. To see them is enough to put you on your best behavior, at least for the rest of your excursion. Enno Temple is a minute's walk or so from Kencho Temple, on the opposite (south) side of the main road to Kamakura.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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1543 Yamanouchi
Kamakura, Kanagawa-ken  247-0062, Japan


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