Nara Tōkae Festival

Sightseeing information about Nara Tōkae Festival in Japan.

Nara Tōkae Festival4.0

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 from 8/5 '18 to 8/14 '18


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,experience,night view,shrine/temple,sightseeing,major,let's hang out!,an eating tour
Airport/Sta.Nara Sta. (about 2.3km) Google Transit


5.0a week ago

Awesome place with freely living deers! For ¥150 you can buy deer food and feed the animals, which will beg you for crackers. Some are taught to bow before you to convince you to feed them. Most of them are calm, but some can be really insistent. Really exciting experience, either for adults or for youngsters! Must see!

4.0in the last week

U can easily find deers roaming around freely. You can also buy biscuits to feed them at 150 yen. But they can get aggressive sometimes or tailgate you to get more biscuits. 🤣🤣🤣. Around the park it's also surrounded with ancient and sacred old temples with history. Worth to spend a day to walk around Nara Prefecture area.

5.0a month ago

Great experience with some cool critters. Treats are like 200-300 yen, if I recall correctly. The deer can get aggressive so don't be afraid to manhandle them for it. Slap them away and be stern, then ration out the crackers in halves to your chosen deer guardians, they'll follow you for ages this way. Now go forth and be The Chosen One. Amass your deer army and storm the temple.

4.0in the last week

You are going for the deer, of course. They are practically tame and will happily eat from your hand anything you offer, including the special cakes that are sold on site. They may also take an interest in things you *aren't* offering, and nibble on your scarf or coattails. It's simultaneously cute and aggravating. You are warned!

5.0in the last week

Lots of temples and shrines in the area to see and visit. The main attraction of Nara Park is the deer that frolic freely are fun to see. Recommend buying some deer crackers and feeding the deer, they are very tame. However some can be aggressive if you have food and will keep following you or biting at your bags or clothes. Last thing watch out when you are walking as there is alot of poop around.

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