Nara Tokae

7:00pm – 9:30pm

A ten-day event taking place in Nara, the Tokae sees thousands of candles placed in varying displays and patterns.

What happens?

Lanterns and candles of various shapes — including rivers, deer, and hearts — are used to illuminate the structures of the area. They have recently improved the eco-friendly status of the event, switching from paraffin candles to natural — partly for the environment and partly to protect curious deer.


The opening ceremony will take place just before 7 p.m. beside the pond on the east side of the Ukumo Garden. There will be music performed by local artists throughout the event and there will be pop-up cafes and entertainment too.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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