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JOYA NO KANE (Bells for the New Year) list is updated


JOYA NO KANE (Bells for the New Year) list is updated

Welcoming the New Year is one of the most important annual events. 
Joya no Kane is the event that is held on December 31 (called omisoka) and temple bells are rung one hundred and eight times at midnight as the year changes.
At the beginning of the year, many visit shrines or temples to express gratitude for the previous year and wish for a good year ahead.
We made a list of temples that ring the bell on New Year’s Eve: Joya no Kane.
Enjoy Japanese New Year in the traditional style, this might be for your special experience.

JOYA NO KANE venue List (Bells for the New Year)PDF
*Please note that these are not count down parties but religious ceremonies.

Especially during the year-end and New Year holidays period, Kyoto will be crowded with many people in temples and shrines.

Please check below information before walking through such areas.

  • Recommend that forming small group.
  • Try to be quiet and respectful in temples and shrines.
  • Please refrain from using selfie stick in the place with many people.
  • Do not take pictures where prohibited in some areas.
  • Do not litter. Please take the trash with you.

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