The big bell of Todaiji temple

The tourist spot that I will introduce today is the big bell of Todaiji temple in Nara.

[ Bells of the temples in Japan ]
There are usually bells in temples.
However, many people do not usually listen to the sound of bells.
For many people in Japan I think that it is the Joya-no-kane that comes up with a temple bell.
In the Joya-no-kane, the bells of the temple are ringed 108 times at midnight of the last day of the year.
It is said that the number 108 is the number of worldly desires.
There are temples that usually ring the bell to inform the time.
In addition, there are temples that ring the bell to inform the beginning of the Buddhist ceremony.
It is said that some merit of being able to open enlightenment by listening to the sound of the bell.
It seems that there are about 77 thousand temples in Japan.
There are bells in many of the temples, so there are so many bells.
Some of those bells have good shapes.
It is said that the best shape is the bell of Byodo-in temple.
Some of those bells have good timbres.
It is said that the best timbre is the bell of Onjoji temple.
Some of those bells have big sounds and long reverberations.
It is said that the biggest sound with the longest reverberation is the bell of Todaiji temple.
These are said to be the three most famous bells of Japan.

[ The big bell of Todaiji temple called Nara Taro ]
It is said that the bells of Todaiji are sounding very far and are ringing for a very long time.
The bell tower is located a little away from Daibutsu-den (the Great Buddha hall).
There is a slope on the east side of Daibutsu-den, and as it goes up it arrives at the bell tower.

The big bell tower of Todaji temple

The big bell tower of Todaji temple

There are always many tourists around Daibutsu-den, but there are not many tourists around the bell tower.
You can watch as much as you wish.
The bell was made about 1300 years ago.
This bell is very big and it seems that it is about 26 tons.
The big bell is named Nara Taro.
The big bell is usually ringed at 8 o'clock in the evening.
At midnight of the last day of the year, ordinary people can ring the bell.
Since the number of people who ring the bell is limited, a numbered ticket is distributed from around 10:30 at night.

[ Opening Times of Tourist Spots ]
Admission fee: Free of charge
Opening hours: 24-hour visit possible
(However, You can not ring the bell arbitrarily.)

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of Tourist Spots ]
In Google Maps, you can find the location of tourist spots with latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I found out.
So they may be wrong.

(1)The bell tower of Todaiji temple: N34.6887 E135.8421
(2)Daibutsu-den (the Great Buddha hall): N34.68897 E135.83983


(May 1, 2018)

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