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Nara Tokae


Nara Tokae


A relatively recent event first held in 1999, this lantern festival takes place nightly from August 5 to 14 every year, turning World Heritage rich Nara Park into a sea of candlelight. All are encouraged to participate, and for a small fee visitors receive their own lantern to set out with a wish. Many of Nara Park’s famous venues participate, including Todaiji at the end of the festival, when thousands of lanterns illuminate the Great Buddha within. The magical atmosphere during Nara Tokae is not to be missed.

Venue Details & Access Info
Event Location

Nara Park Area


From JR/Kintetsu Nara Station:
- 7 minutes on foot from the station.

Related Venues Nara Park
Kasugataisha Shrine
Todaiji Temple
Kohfukuji Temple
Nara National Museum
Sarusawa Pond
Opening Time & Admissions
Event Date

Around 5 - 14 Aug

Opening Hours

19:00 - 21:45


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