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Enjuji Temple

A historic temple associated with blessings for leg and foot health since the 17th century.

Photo of Enjuji Temple, Japan (Enjuji temple, Yanaka, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan. by Daderot)

Enjuji Temple, established in the mid-17th century, is a historic temple in Tokyo’s Taito Ward. It is recognized for its focus on health, particularly for those seeking blessings for leg and foot health, and is connected to the veneration of Nichiren Buddhism.

About Enjuji Temple

Enjuji Temple, known in Japanese as Rokubu-san Enjuji, is rooted in the Nichiren Buddhist tradition. While the details of its founding are not clearly documented in English sources, it is recognized as an important religious site with a history of resilience. It has been restored after significant fires, including the Meiwa fire in 1772 and the Ueno War in 1868, which destroyed all the buildings except the main gate. The main hall and living quarters were reconstructed in 1876, and the Nichika Hall was established permanently in 1911.

The temple is noted for its connection to leg and foot health, a focus that dates back to its historical role in hosting pilgrims. The Nichika Hall and a collection of votive pictures, or ema, reflecting this theme, have been designated as Tangible Folk Cultural Properties by Taito Ward in 1995.

Today, Enjuji serves as a site for those who seek spiritual support for walking and the overall well-being of their legs and feet. Visitors come not only for blessings but also to appreciate the temple’s historical artefacts.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Enjuji Temple

C 14

 Chiyoda Line

 5-10 minute walk (700m)
JY 07

 JR Yamanote Line + 1 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.0km)
N 12

 Namboku Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.2km)

Around Enjuji Temple

Enjuji Temple

Buddhist Temple in Tokyo

open 24 hours
closed Irregularly


延壽寺, 東京

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