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Nakayama is in between Narita And Haneda International Airport

中山・下総・散歩道

Matsuura no Kane | the bell tower on the road in Mizumoto

松浦の鐘(水元さくら堤)水元さくら堤の松浦の鐘
Matsuura no Kane is a bell standing on a pedestrian road along Mizumoto Park. This bell is a cultural property of Katsushikaku. People in general think why this bell is standing on the road. It is very sad story that the temple that had had it was destroyed while the law of the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism and the anti-Buddhist movement in Meiji Era. Villagers had supported the temple kept this bell carefully. In spring, sakuras bloom around it, fresh green decorates it in summer, colored leaves paint it in fall, and it stands on the road powerfully to show the traditional Japanese beauty. Matsuura no Kane does not only decorate Mizumoto Sakura Tsusumi, but also it excites curiosities of people passing by. Why don't you visit it?

Matsuura no Kane

A bell called Matsuura no Kane registered as a cultural property by Katsushikaku

The Bell called Matsuura no Kane in 5-5 Higashi Kanamachi, Katsushikaku was registered as a cultural property in March 19th of 1977.
In 1757, the bell was donated by Nobumasa Kawachi no Kami Matsuura (1693 - 1769) who was a land owner of Shimo Koai Village (now Mizumoto) and worked as a Nagasaki Bugyo (the chief officer of the police station in Nagasaki) and Kanjo Bugyo (the chief officer of the accounting division in Edo Bakufu). He later retired and he was buried at Ryuzoji. The bell was cast by Riuemon from Sano Shimotsuke (Tochigi Prifecture), it is 121.4 cm tall and 68.5 centi-meters diameter. 4 Sanskrit letters are on the center part of it. In 1765, Toshu Katsu, a priest of Hosenji in Totomi (Shizuoka) scribed the inscriptions on it. Under the government after Maiji Restoration, some Buddhist properties had been destroyed and thrown out under the law of the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism and the anti-Buddhist movement, Ryuzoji were one of the examples. After Ruzoji was destroyed, the bell was kept by the village, the villagers had rung it when they had had floods and some disasters.
Anyway, the gravestone of Nobumasa looks stone disk is standing in Hojiin in Aoto Katsushikaku.
Katsushikaku Board of Education

松浦の鐘前案内板より


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松浦の鐘前案内板

The Lacation and Access to Matsuura no Kane

the map along Edo River

The map of the noted spots along Edo River

PDF of the map of the noted spots along Edo River

Matsuura no Kane

  • Matsuura no Kane has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line bound to Ueno and get off at Takasago, transfer the line to Keisei Kanamachi Line and get off at Keisei Kanamachi Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off at Takasago, transfer the line to Keisei Kanamachi Line and get off at Keisei Kanamachi Sta..
  • From Ueno Station, take Keisei line bound to Owada, Usui or Narita and get off at Takasago, transfer the line to Keisei Kanamachi Line and get off at Keisei Kanamachi Sta..
  • Take 19 minute walk from Keisei Kanamachi Sta.
  • 5-5 Higashi Kanamachi, Katsushikaku, Tokyo

The Noted Spots near Mizumoto Sakura Tsutsumi

the blue bridge in Mizumoto Park

Mizumoto Park

Under Constrution!

Matsura no Kane under Cherry Blossoms

Matsura no Kane (the bell called Matsura)

It stads on a pedestrian road along Mizumoto Park.
the gate of Narihirasan Tosenji Nanzoin

Narihirasan Tosenin Nanzoji Temple

Under Constrution!

Kasai Jinja in Katsushikaku Tokyo

Kasai Jinja Shrine

It has about 900 years history and dedicates Ieyasu Tokugawa.
Edogawa River

Edogawa River

The short summary of Edogawa River.