- 3 Chome-48-8, Horinouchi, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 11 minute-walk from Tokyo Metro Shin-Koenji Station, 15 minute-walk from Tokyo Metro Higashi-Koenji Station
- September 23 - March 19: 6:00am - 4:30pm, March 20 - September 22: 5:30am - 5:00pm, New Year's Eve: all night
Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing and More in West Koenji
Founded in 1615, Myohoji Temple is a 10-15 minute walk from the closest Tokyo Metro Stations. Its beautiful iron gate is a Japanese-Western blend design and is designated as an important cultural asset of Japan. In rainy season, usually in June and early July, around the temple’s pond, lots of Japanese iris and hydrangea bloom so beautifully that a lot of people visit this temple to view them in the traditional atmosphere.
Also, this is a temple where you can participate in “Joya no Kane”, and strike the temple’s huge copper bell on New Year’s Eve for free. The bell, cast in 1725, can be wrung from midnight, but it’s better to be there a little earlier because there is always a long line of people. However, it will be worth the wait for a unique Japanese New Year’s experience!
[Updated January 2018]