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


5.03 weeks ago

The deer are so cute! You can get a stack of crackers to feed them for only 150 yen. The shrines and temples nearby are beautiful too. Definitely take a few hours to explore!

5.0in the last week

If you love deer or cute animals this is definitely a place to visit. Take a day trip from kyoto to here and it will be worth while. Temples and shrines here are filled with these lovely creatures which will bow when you approach them with food which can be bought at 150 yen at stores.

5.03 weeks ago

Great place to see nature up and close. There isn't a comparison for other places I've been; this is in a league of its own. There are deer and fish to see and feed. There are huge beautiful temples and shrines to walk through too. Makes for getting some great profile pictures. Keep your camera up the entire time!

5.02 weeks ago

Nara Park is one of my favorite parks to visit in Japan. I always take the time to visit Nara when I'm staying in the region. I really enjoy seeing and feeding the deer while there. You can purchase deer senbei (crackers) to feed the deer for ¥150. Just be aware the once you feed one deer, the rest will come and may possibly head butt or nibble at your clothing or any hanging items.

There are other vendors in the area that serve roasted sweet potato and other snacks as well. The park is a great way to see the deer that are revered and to relax in a bit of nature.

There are a number of historically significant shrines and temples available in the area to visit. The park is sprawling, so you could make an entire day or multiple days out of this park.

If you're staying in the Osaka or Kyoto area the park is a quick trip away. I will continue to visit this park whenever I'm in the area.

5.0a month ago

Very big park. A lot of deer there. There are stalls selling cracker to feed the deer but be careful. The deer will gather around you and try take the cookies from your hands. There are a couple of big temples in the area. Get some fruit or some snacks before going to the park so you can enjoy them while watching the deer.

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