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Otateyama Festival


Otateyama Festival


The Heijo Palace site is where the ancient capital of Nara once stood over 1,300 years ago. It is also the venue for Nara's newest festival, Otateyama Matsuri. Taking place over several evenings at the end of January and beginning of February, the festival involves stage performances, parades, and an array of other cultural spectacles. Don't miss the four colorful and brightly-lit festival floats, each modeled on one of the Four Heavenly Kings (Buddhism's guardian gods charged with keeping watch over the four cardinal directions of the world); although at 7-meters tall, they shouldn't go unnoticed.

  • Free Shuttle bus available from JR Nara station and Kintetsu Yamato Saidaiji station

Last update: 2020-07-27

Venue Details & Access Info
Event Location

Former Site of Heijokyu Imperial Palace


Sakicho, Nara (Former Site of Heijokyu Imperial Palace)



From Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaiji Station:
- 15 minutes on foot from the station.

Related VenuesFormer Site of Heijokyu Imperial Palace

Name/address in local language

  • 奈良大立山まつり Otateyama Festival
  • address 奈良市佐紀町(平城宮跡) Sakicho, Nara (Former Site of Heijokyu Imperial Palace)
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Opening Time & Admissions
Event Date

25 Jan - 26 Jan

Opening Hours

1/25: 11:00 - 19:00
1/26: 11:00 - 18:00

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