May 3
~
May 5

Heijokyo Tempyo Sai Festival

10:30am – 4:30pm
Free

A spring festival with a history dating back 1300 years, the Heijokyo festival is a chance to travel back in time. Celebrating the days when Nara was the capital of Japan, this three day event recreates all facets of life at the time. With re-enactments of imperial guards and a noble banquet, as well as parades, children’s workshops and traditional street performances. There will be plenty to eat with food stalls and a busy market open for the full three days. If you’re a keen photographer there is a photography competition for pictures of the festival with prizes and an exhibition at Nara City Hall.

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