Buddhist Temple in Yanaka, Tokyo
Open 24 hours
Allow 30 minutes
No regular closing days
Updated 25 April 2020
About Enjuji Temple
With a history dating back to 1656, Enjuji Temple enshrines Nichika - a 14th century monk said to protect walkers. The temple is a popular place for runners to pray, and the beautiful building contains many images of traditional walking shoes.
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Kokozan Daienji Temple
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Nezu Jinja Shrine
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