Aug/5 - 14  Nara Tōkae Festival

Sightseeing information about Aug/5 - 14  Nara Tōkae Festival in Japan.

Aug/5 - 14  Nara Tōkae Festival (canceled)4.0

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 from 8/5 '20 to 8/15 '20


※Due to the coronavirus concerns, the Nara Tōkae Festival has been canceled in 2020.

At the venue of Nara Park, 'Nara Hall Festival' will be held which enjoys the light of about 20,000 candles. This began in 1999, candles will be lined up on one side of the Nara Park surrounded by World Heritages, and a fantastic mysterious sight will spread all over.
Soft lighted flowers will bloom all over in eight areas, such as Kofuku-ji Temple, Sarusawaike Pond, front of Nara National Museum and Ukimido etc. this year.

"Kagami-ike Pond of Todaiji Temple", "Kasugano-enchi Park", with colorful lights on the background of Todai-ji Temple Daibutsu-den Halls Shibi (an ornamental ridge end roof tile), "Ukigumo-enchi Park" with 4000 candles decorating as if stars are falling upon, is wrapped in the deep blue world of "Kasuga Taisha", the front of the Nara National Museum where the lights of candles stretches on both sides of the road, "Asajigahara" where the ancient world is represented with bamboo lights, "Ukimidou" emerges beautifully at Sagi-ike Pond with rainbow-colored light reflecting on the water surface, "Kofuku-ji Temple" illuminated majestic and mysteriously, Sarusawaike Pond illuminated with candles and 52 step bamboo lights, the trees are lit up at "Sarusawaike Pond and Gojyu-nidan steps", a fantastic view spreads in the garden.
Not only seeing but there is also "Ikkyaku-Itto (one light per person)" which anyone can participate in, the candle lighted with a wish will surely be a memorial night!!
Starting with the opening ceremony, various events will be held.
In recent years, it has become a big summer event that 800,000 people visit every year.

Venue Nara Park area (Ukigumo-enchi Park, Kasugano-enchi Park, Kofuku-ji Temple, Sarusawaike Pond etc.)
●Nara Park●
5-minute on foot from Kintetsu Line "Kintetsu Nara Station"
15 minutes on foot from JR Line "Nara station"
From JR Line "Nara station" or Kintetsu Line "Kintetsu Nara station", Nara Kotsu bus "Daibutsuden Kasuga-taisha mae" "Himuro-jinja National Museum" and other bus stops
※Sarusawaike Pond / 15 minutes on foot from JR Nara Station

The stalls are mainly in the vicinity of the Nara Prefectural Public Hall and the entrance path to Todaiji Temple.
There are also some stalls around Sarusawa pond near Kofukuji Temple.

【One Light per Person/ Let your own lights in the venue】
Reception time Tōkae period 19: 00 ~ 21: 30
Reception hall Ukigumo-enchi Park venue, and ~I・RA・KA~ (甍) venue
Cooperation fee 500 yen (with commemorative Sange)

PurposeFestivals,should go,easily accessible,world heritage,Traditional folk,experience,night view,shrine/temple,sightseeing,let's hang out!,an eating tour
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4.0a week ago

Very unique place in an awesome little town. Would highly recommend to spend a day here.

It was extremely hot the day we went and there was a lot of walking, but luckily plenty of shaded and breezy areas.

The deer are everywhere, you can buy crackers to feed them but be warned you will be swarmed! There is also plenty of areas without deer, they seem to keep them out of the temples. Honestly the park is huge and you could spend hours walking around here.

5.03 weeks ago

Don't forget to take a Deer selfie! =)

4.02 months ago

A few years ago, a friend and I attended a conference near Nara, and then we had a little bit of time to see the famous sites. The deer of Nara Park lived up to their reputation as being gentle and very hungry. Todaiji Temple is located a short walking distance from Nara Park -- which is nice if you want to get away from the hungry deer.

5.0in the last week

We entered Nara Park on a recommendation toward the end of mine and my sister's trip to Japan. We had pretty high expectations having heard word of an ancient city which had wild deer roaming the streets - I can tell you now those expectations were met!

Staying in Kyoto, we made our way by train to Nara. The journey was lovely. The train silently made it's way through flooded rice fields straight to Nara - it felt like something from Spirited away!

On arrival there was a short walk to the park, on the way we started to notice deer trotting around. They were on the pavement, crossing the road - even sleeping outside cafes. Locals would sell you rice crackers to feed them for a couple of yen. The deer would come straight over and eat it out of your hand. The best thing was that they bowed!!

Highly recommend to anyone who has seen it all in Kyoto already.

4.0a week ago

Nara Park used to be a MUST for tourists in japan. Now it’s so quiet and I noticed some stores closed recently due to few tourists. Poor.