Toki no Kane is a bell tower that was originally built 400 years ago.
The tower was destroyed by a fire and rebuilt several times.
The current tower was built immediately after the massive fire in 1893. Since the early Edo Period, the bell has been rung to announce the time.
It used to be rung by humans. However, today, it is rung automatically four times daily, at 6:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.
Its sound was selected as being one of the “100 soundscapes of Japan” by the Ministry of the Environment in 1996.
Along with the Kurazukuri Style buildings around here, it plays an important role in re-creating the flavor of the Edo Period.