Nara Tōkae Festival

Sightseeing information about Nara Tōkae Festival in Japan.


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 from 8/5 '18 to 8/14 '18

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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.)
Access
●Nara Park●
5-minute on foot from Kintetsu Line "Kintetsu Nara Station"
15 minutes on foot from JR Line "Nara station"
●Venue●
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

Reviews

5.0a week ago

Wild deer roaming around, just be careful if you get the deer food as they will swarm you and tug on your clothes till you feed them. The temple is a great sight. Well worth the visit.

5.02 weeks ago

The deer are super friendly and cute. The snacks to feed them are cheap, and they definitely make all the deer come to you. Getting here is really easy, there is a bus from Nara station, and the train ride itself is not that long from Osaka.

5.0a week ago

Loved this place! Don't have much time to explore the whole park. Should visit the park during autumn. Buy food deer and feed the deer. Bow a bit to the deer and she will bow back to you :)

5.02 weeks ago

There are deer everywhere. Easiest way to get the photo you want is to buy the crackers. Lots of vendors selling them for ¥150. Buy them and then walk further into the park away from the aggressive mob that awaits.

5.0a month ago

Grass was dead in the middle the winter, park looked bit sad, but the deers were there all right, all 5000 of them. A 150 yen pack of crackers made us popular with the deer.

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