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Temple 39, Enkō-ji

The Luminous Temple

Temple 39, Enkō-ji

Enko-ji is temple No. 35 on the Shikoku pilgrimage. It was founded by Gyogi in 725 and later reestablished in 795 by Kukai who produced a spring here. The temple has been rebuilt several times, and the present buildings were built in 1891.

In 911, a red turtle is said to have climbed up from the sea carrying a Buddhist temple bell on its back, and made its home in a pond at the temple. Statues of the turtle can now be seen around the temple grounds.

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Name in Japanese: 延光寺

Pronunciation: enkōji

Address: 390 Hiratacho Nakayama, Sukumo, Kochi 788-0782

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