Experience Nara Time in Japan

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Experience Nara Time in Japan

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Festivals & Events

Enjoy the avenue of cherry blossoms illuminated at night: The 24th Saho River Kawaji Sakura Festival 2020

Sunset until 8:00 p.m. (Sat & Sun until 9:00 p.m.), March 28 - April 5

Flowing through Nara City and Yamatokoriyama City, the Saho River is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot. Along the river is a magnificent avenue of cherry trees that is lively with many visitors during cherry blossom viewing season. The cherry trees along the Saho River are said to date from the end of the Edo Period (1603–1868) when the Nara City Magistrate Kawaji Toshiakira had them planted there. Every year from late March to early April, the Saho River Kawaji Sakura Festival is held in the area between the Shimochokei Bridge and JR Sahogawa Bridge, and the cherry trees are illuminated at nighttime during this period. The sight of the cherry blossoms reflected on the river’s surface at night is truly mystical.

Basic Information

Address The area between the Shimochokei Bridge and JR Sahogawa Bridge
Access 5 minutes walk from Kintetsu Shinomiya Station
Inquiries 0742-22-3900(奈良市観光センター)

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Area Information

Nearby Locations

Heijo Palace Site

Saki-cho, Nara City 630-8577

Traditional Kamameshi Restaurant Shizuka Oomiya Ten

4-249-4 oomiya-cho Nara

Nearby Accommodation

Nara Royal Hotel

奈良市法華寺町254-1