Kanzeonji Temple Bell


The Kanzeonji Temple bell was cast by order of Emperor Tenchi at the end of the 7th century and is the oldest existing temple bell in Japan. It is said to be a brother-bell to the one at Myoshinji Temple in Kyoto, which was molded in 698 AD. The Kanzeonji Temple bell has been selected as one of the “Top 100 Sounds of Japan”.

*About the Bell: Government-Designated Historical Site Cultural Asset; Height - 159.5 centimeters (about 5.23 feet)
*Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible municipal bathrooms just outside of the temple.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 818-0101 福岡県太宰府市観世音寺5-6-1
Address 5-6-1 Kanzeonji, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 092-922-1811(観世音寺)
Contact Kanzeonji Temple
Fax Number 092-922-1890
Open 9am - 5pm (admission till 4:30pm)
Car Park 30 vehicles, 5 buses
Access By train - A 15 minute taxi ride from JR Hakata Station
By train - A 10 minute walk from Nishitetsu “Gojo” Station or 20 minute walk from Nishitetsu “Dazaifu” Station
By car - 15 minutes from the Dazaifu Interchange off the Kyushu Expressway

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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