Nara Tōkae Festival

Sightseeing information about Nara Tōkae Festival in Japan.

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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
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5.0a week ago

So fun and a must go for first time tourist. Recommended going in the morning or else the park is flocked with tourists by noon. There are heaps of stalls to buy the food to feed the deer but careful, they can get aggressive and a herd will follow you.

5.0in the last week

Be careful when feeding the deer they will try to get into your things. The will leave you alone if you don't have any food.

5.02 weeks ago

Wild deer that appear perfectly tamed in a park which is open to them and to us. That is Japan’s NARA PARK. You walk behind the deer or the deer tries to shoo you off ….both ways, you get to be near them. It is fun as long as you do not get into their path. So many of them spread so far that initially you feel a bit hesitant to move forward, but then, just stand still and don’t show any fear… they’ll slowly come near you and behind you and in front of you. And you get surrounded by beautiful, healthy deer. One of a kind experience in life.
Did you know that in Shinto, the deer are considered to be messengers of God? And it seems there are more than 1200 deer in that park. Amazing. You can purchase deer crackers from there and feed the deer too.

4.0in the last week

Quite a big park with over 1000 deer living and walking freely there. They will eat anything in your hand. Anything. Even entry tickets....... So be a little careful of what you have in your hands. 😂.

4.03 weeks ago

Visiting the whole area is well worth the trip. The park is a nice relaxing area if you walk away from entrance and all the people. The deer are fun way to past the time, the temple is awesome and I didn't go to the museum