Experience Nara Time in Japan

NARA Travelers Guide

Experience Nara Time in Japan

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Around Nara

Course 07

Enjoy Nara in the Evening, as Twilight Turns to Night

Take a leisurely walk around Nara, whose enchanting nighttime scenes are becoming increasingly popular with visitors, and take your fill of the achingly beautiful ancient capital at dusk.

  • Todai-ji Temple
    Nigatsu-do Hall

  • Sarusawa Pond

  • Nara Hotel: “The Bar”

Approx. 5.7 km
Approx. 1 hr 10 min (Not including time spent at locations)

Nara Kintetsu Station

2 km: Approx. 24 minute walk

Todai-ji Temple Nigatsu-do Hall

Look out over Nara’s evening scenery

Enjoy the sight of Nara’s nighttime cityscape from the platform of Nigatsu-do Hall. The light from paper lanterns and hanging garden lanterns alike shines beautifully through the darkness, and creates an entirely different effect from the daytime scenery. Each March at this very site, springtime in Nara is announced with the Shuni-e Ceremony (Water-drawing ceremony).

  • Address:406 Zoshi-cho
  • TEL:+81-742-22-5511
  • Closing days:Open all week
  • Hours of Operation:
    8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (November-February)
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (March)
    7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (April-September)
    7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (October)
  • Parking lot:Not available
  • Admission fees:
    Daibutsu-den (Great Buddha Hall), Hokke-do/Sangatsu-do Hall, Kaidan-do Hall
    Junior High School Students and above: 500 yen
    Elementary School Students: 300 yen
  • Todai-ji Temple
2 km: Approx. 24 minute walk

Sarusawa Pond

Enjoy a slightly different side of one of Nara’s famous “Eight Views”

This pond presents a special sight at night, where weeping willows cast their shadows across the surface of the water alongside Kyofuku-dera Temple’s five-storied pagoda. The view of the moon floating across the pond is famous as one of the “Eight Views of Nara.

  • Address:Noborioji-cho
  • Hours of Operation:Viewing season: Year-round
    Viewing hours: 7:00 p.m. (from around 6:00 p.m. in September) to 10:00 p.m.
  • Parking lot:Not available
  • Sarusawa Pond
600 m: Approx. 7 minute walk

Nara Hotel: “The Bar”

Enjoy a little luxury at a bar at one of Nara’s long-established hotels

Nara Hotel is one of Nara’s representative official guest houses. At this hotel’s esteemed and authentic bar, guests are invited to enjoy their time in elegance. (The Bar operates as a tea lounge during the daytime.)

  • Address:1096 Takabatake-cho
  • TEL:+81-0742-26-3300
  • Closing days:Open all week
  • Hours of Operation:6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Parking lot:Available
  • Website:Nara Hotel: “The Bar”
1.1 km: Approx. 14 minute walk

Nara Kintetsu Station


Related Information

Nara-machi Night Culture

Festivities that enliven the night in Nara
“Nara-machi Night Culture” is an exciting Nara nighttime event, offering a variety of seasonal experiences to visitors. Because the event is only held for short periods, please make a reservation in advance.

Nara Touka-e Lights Festival/Nara Ruri-e

Nara’s arts color the night with beautiful lights
In the summer, Nara is lit up with the exquisite candlelight of the Touka-e Festival. In winter, the Ruri-e event sets Nara splendidly alight again. Both are relatively new events that have melded into the culture of the Ancient Capital.