Nara Tōkae Festival

Sightseeing information about Nara Tōkae Festival in Japan.


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 from 8/5 '19 to 8/14 '19

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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,let's hang out!,an eating tour
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Reviews

5.0a week ago

What a wonderful place. Take the day to walk through the extensive parks and buildings. If you love deer, then you'll be in heaven. They are everywhere !

5.0a month ago

Lots of beautiful scenery to take in. The deer are incredible, they can be pushy when you have biscuits but just be firm with them, similar to how you would treat a dog when training and it's fine. If you have no food they are usually happy to let you pet them or lie beside them in the shade.There are spectacular buildings and natural sights to behold in the park as well.

5.0a month ago

An experience unlike any other. I will never forget my visit to Nara Park. It is absolutely gorgeous. I suggest wearing good walking shoes!

5.0a month ago

Amazing experience. I could sit around all day drinking coffee, feeding deer and walking through the trails. Don’t spend your time at the beginning feeding all the deer with all the crackers you buy. Buy some and just start walking. The area is huge and having crackers during the entire period will help you constantly interact with the deer.

5.0a month ago

This was my favourite. The town is so calm and the deer are everywhere. I loved it and my friend and I didn't want to leave.