Joya no kane is the traditional bell-ringing ceremony held across Japan on New Year’s Eve. Celebrating the passing of the old year and the beginning of a new one, it sees temple bells rung 108 times, once for each of the worldly desires or anxieties central to Buddhism, starting in the old year and finishing right as the clock strikes midnight.
Some temples even invite people to participate in the ringing. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year, temples are requiring bell-ringers to register in advance for the pleasure, and some are limiting the practice to monks only. If you'd like to try swinging the beam to start the year fresh, or you’re happy to just watch and listen, read on for our picks of the top Tokyo temples to visit for the joya no kane ceremony.
Recommended: Some Tokyo trains have extended service on New Year's Eve and we have the timetables.