Ennō-ji

sights / Religious

Ennō-ji information

Location
Kamakura , Japan
Address
1543 Yamanouchi
Prices
admission ¥200
Opening hours
9am-3.30pm
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Ennō-ji is distinguished by its statues depicting the judges of hell. According to the Juo concept of Taoism, which was introduced to Japan from China during the Heian period (794–1185), these 10 judges decide the fate of souls, who, being neither truly good nor truly evil, must be assigned to spend eternity in either heaven or hell. Presiding over them is Emma (Yama), a Hindu deity known as the gruesome king of the infernal regions.