Senkoji in winter and Hand-made Enku lucky charm
This senkouji mountain is said to have been settled 1600 years ago by Ryomen Sukuna, whose family possessed great military power and wealth. The temple was built as a Buddhist Temple by one of the ten disciples of Kobo-daishi, Shinnyo Shinno (the Emperorís son) about 1200 years ago. During the most prosperous period, there were 19 Buddhist buildings on the mountain. But they were burnt down when the army of the Takeda attacked them in the 7th year of the Eiroku-era (1564). The lord of Takayama castle, Kanamori who later became the king of Hida area, built a new castle in remembrance of the old one. This new castle has remained until the present day. It is now a temple of the Shingon Denomination.
Senkoji Temple is closely connected with Enku Shonin (a virtuous and high-ranked priest). Enku was born in Gifu prefecture in the 9th year of the Kanei-era (1632), the early period of the Edo-era. He entered the priesthood in his youth and trained in the field of Mikkyo. He is then said to have carved 120000 images of Buddha in his life, while travelling throughout the countries. He visited Senkoji Temple during Jokyo period and stayed there for a while. 63 statues have been preserved in Senkoji, which he carved in his old age.