Slow Walk Illustrated Guide


Zentsu-ji Tanjo-in Birthplace Complex (West Temple)

Enma Hall



This is the Enma Hall; it is a registered tangible cultural property. The current building was rebuilt in 1958. It enshrines a total of 13 statues including Enma (the fifth of the seven judges of the Buddhist realm of the dead and usually regarded as the King of Hell) surrounded by 10 kings and accompanied by a pair of Soha Deva (sit on a person’s shoulders from their birth to death, records their actions and reports them to Enma) and Datsue-ba (also called the old hag of hell, who sits at the edge of the Sanzu River in the Buddhist underworld). According to the ink writing on the stand, these statues were made in 1705 by the Buddhist image maker Uncho Kitagawa, who came from Kyoto and also worked on the seated statue of Bhaisajyaguru (the Healing Buddha) in the current Honzon of Zentsu-ji.

Designated Section

Registered tangible cultural property



Showa Period; Showa 33 (1958)


3-3-1 Zentsuji-cho, Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture