In legend, Enjyoji Temple is said to have been built in the 8th century. However, in fact it is thought to have been built in the 11th century.In the mid-15th century, this temple was burned to war. However, rebuilding took place immediately after that. The current building is many built in the late 15th century.In addition, some buildings built in the 13th century still remain.
Buddhist images that are placed are often made from the 11th century to the 12th century.
The garden spreading in front of the gate of the temple is said to have been made in the 12th century.
This temple is located away from the city center of Nara city and the scale is not so big.However, the refreshingness of this temple's atmosphere and the high standard of richness should be emphasized.
Also the garden is beautiful. Especially it would be better to visit in autumn (time of autumn leaves).
Enjyoji Temple:Commentary website in English
Wikipedia - Enjō-ji https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enj%C5%8D-ji
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