Day 25: No.54 Enmei-ji (延命寺)

A sign post guiding to Enmei-ji (延命寺)

Interestingly, water bottle is placed on the roof

On the way to Enmei-ji, I found a quite interesting old house with the water bottle on the roof. In the early Edo period, the Ide family, the head of the village, who had sided with the Tokugawa government, was allowed to replace the straw roof with tiles and place a water bottle on the roof for fire protection.

The main gate of No.54 Enmei-ji

There’s a san-mon in the precincts, which was originally one of the gate of Matsuyama castle

A short distance from the main gate with Nio-statue, there is yet another small gate. It was originally for a castle gate of Matsuyama castle, and was moved here.

The main temple of No.54 Enmei-ji

Goriyaku Shakujyo – If you rotate this cane, you’ll get some benefit

Overall, the temple is small and compact. The temple has a “Goriyaku Shakujyo” which is said to be beneficial if you turn it around. I guess I haven’t seen it in other temples.

Fudo Myoo (The god of fire) wearing jeweled crown

Also, the statue of Fudo Myoo is quite cool and unique with the jeweled crown on his head. The temple also has an old temple bell called “Chikami Jiro”, which is different from other temple bells in its roundness and has a kind of cute atmosphere.


The temple stamp of No.54 Enmei-ji

Dedicated toFudo-Myoo (不動明王)
Founded byGyoki-Bosatsu (行基菩薩)
DenominationShingon-sect Busan-group (真言宗豊山派)
Mantraのうまく さんまんだ ばざらだん せんだ まかろしゃだ そわたや うん たらた かんまん
Noumaku Sanmanda Bazaradan Senda Makaroshada Sowataya Un Tarata Kanman
Next templeNo.55 Nanko-bo (3.4 Km away)
Previous templeNo.53 Enmyo-ji (34.4 Km away)
No.54 Enmei-ji