Turtle at Enko-ji - Temple 39 - Enkoji is a Shingon Buddhist temple, number 39 on the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. It is famous for its pond garden and stone garden, as well as its eye cleaning water well. There are many other Enkoji Temples around Japan, though this one is found in Kochi Prefecture, at temple number 39. Enkoji Temple was built in 724 under the emperor's orders. Within the temple grounds a statue of a turtle with a copper bell on it is legendary - the story is it that a red turtle brought a bell to this temple in 911. There is also a small pond garden with a massive moss-covered tortoise in the pond, surrounded by koi carp.
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