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Why Bentendo Hall is special ?
Bentendo Hall sits on a small incline called Benten-yama to the southeast of the Main Hall. It enshrines the female deity Benzaiten, also known as “Benten.” Because she has gray hair, this statue of Benzaiten is called “Rojo Benzaiten” (rojo = an elderly woman). It is considered one of the three prominent statues of Benten in the Kanto region, along with Enoshima Benten of Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Fuse Benten of Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture. Though it is not open to the public most of the time, it can be viewed a few days out of the year on occasions when Buddhist ceremonies are held.
To the right in front of Bentendo Hall stands a belfry. The bell was re-cast by Makino Narisada in 1692 on the command of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the fifth Edo shogun. The bell became known amongst local residents as “the bell that announced the time,” and it continues to be rung by a monk at 6:00 each morning. It is also the subject of a famous haiku. Though the belfry was destroyed in the air raid on Tokyo in March 1945, the bell itself escaped damage. The belfry was rebuilt in 1950.
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What to explore at Bentendo Hall?
In the warmer months, particularly the pleasant spring and autumn months, the Tokyo variety of homo-sapien can be observed rowing boats and manouvering pedal boats around the pond, overlooked by the unusual architecture of the Sofitel Hotel tower. Boats can be rented, and at 300 yen for 30 minutes the cost is not as much as some of the other attractions Ueno Park have to offer. The third pond is called Suijoudoubutsu-no-ike - and is part of the Ueno Zoo. This is on your right as you cross the causeway to Benten-do temple, and as with Shinobazu-no-ike it is filled with lotus and other waterplants.
Benten can be enjoyed at any time of year. Probably the best way to enjoy the area is to take in a walk covering the approach from Ueno Park to the Benten-do, then walk along the path separating Shinobazu-no-ike and Boto-no-ike walking towards the Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens. If you don't have time to visit the gardens (about 200 meters from the edge of the park), turn left and continue to follow the path around the Shinobazu-no-ike until you reach the Shitamachi Museum. From there, you can either return to Ueno Park or in a short walk reach the Ameyoko arcade shopping areas south of JR Ueno station (Yamanote line).
- The goddess of the arts.
- Famous lotus plants
- A wildlife sanctuary.
- 5,000 wild ducks
- A small lake for boating.
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Tips for you
Bentendo is an octagonal temple hall on an island in Shinobazu Pond at the southern end of the park. The temple is dedicated to Benten, the goddess of good fortune, wealth, music and knowledge. I came here in the spring and there are a lot of people also come here to pray. It sounds like a festival. Because it was the spring so I can saw the cherry blossoms season. It was so lucky for me.