Historical Sites

Enzoji Temple

A symbolic temple of Aizu, Enzoji was made about 1,300 years ago in 807.

Fukuman Kokuzo Enzoji Temple was built by Tokuichi Daishi, a noted priest from Aizu. The main hall of the temple rises high above a huge crag. From here, the Tadami River can be viewed flowing magnificently through the town. You can also see the various views of each season, with cherry blossoms in spring, mist over the river in summer, red maples in autumn, and snow in winter.

The temple has many highlights, such as a treasure house and monuments in memory of poets, inscribed with their poems and haiku. It is said that the statue of Fukuman Kokuzo Bosatsu (the Bodhisattva of wisdom), whom the temple is dedicated to.

There are many legends associated with the temple. For example, one legend tells of how when Kobo Daishi threw wood shavings from the Kokuzo Bosatsu into the Tadami River, they immediately turned into countless Japanese dace fish. Another story is about how a red cow helped with the difficult construction of the temple - a story which led to the widespread acceptance of the "akabeko" red cow as an important symbol of Fukushima. One more story is that of Nanuka Do Hadaka Mairi (Naked Worship at Nanuka Do Shrine).

The legends are many and varied.


176 Ko, Jikemachi, Yanaizu, Yanaizu-Town, Kawanuma County, Fukushima Pref.
Town hall, Regional Development Division, the Sightseeing Commerce and Industry Section
Key points of the sightseeing spot/ recommended points for tours
Within the precincts of Enzoji is the statue of a cow called "Nade-Ushi" ("the cow you pet").
Legend says that the cow helped people to construct the temple, and that if you pet the cow while making a wish, your wish will come true. This is the origin of the "Aka-Beko ("Red Cow"), which has become symbolic of Aizu.
By car: Approx. 10 min from Aizubange exit on the Ban-etsu Expressway (via Route 252).
By train: 10 min walk from Aizu-Yanaizu Station on the JR Tadami Line.

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