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Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
+81 90-8925-6816
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A man-made pond, but 1300 years ago

Just before you enter Nara Park you will see the pond on your right , opposite Kofukuji Temple. The... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2017
puerto princesa
Beautiful pictures at bottom of Kofuku-ji temple just before sunset

The best time to go for pictures is just before sunset. If you walk around the lake to the point... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Margaret T
Toronto, Canada
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Nara 630-8213, Nara Prefecture
+81 90-8925-6816
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

Just before you enter Nara Park you will see the pond on your right , opposite Kofukuji Temple. The pond was created in 749 AD and was a place where Hojoe rituals were performed, a ceremony that gives mercy to all things in life and...More

Thank palawandave
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The best time to go for pictures is just before sunset. If you walk around the lake to the point that is furthest and directly across from the pagoda, you will get an amazing picture of a perfect reflection of the pagoda, surrounding area and...More

Thank Margaret T
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Heading up from Nara station, you will inevitably see this pond before anything else. To the left are steps up to Kofukuji. On the opposite end of the pond is the tourist center to get more information about the area. Otherwise, this is a pond...More

Thank Vincent Q
Reviewed 10 May 2017

We walked all the way down from Nara JR station and at the end of Sanjo Dori, there was a waterpond with turtles and some landscapes around. A nice stop prior to proceed to Kofuku-ji Temple. There were many noodle shops around and may be...More

Reviewed 23 April 2017

Really nothing special about that ugly, muddy pond... I don't know what is the big deal with it. You will surely pass by when going to the historic district, but don't make it be the goal of your trip ;)

Thank ziobilly2015
Reviewed 11 February 2017

A fairly large pond at the end of Sanjo Dori. It is a very photogenic area so a nice area to just walk around. They also have a small multi tiered pagoda near the lake side. Although not in Nara park there are still some...More

Thank Acineto
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Nice pond to walk past on you way to or back from Kofuku-ji Temple. Always lots of ducks and ducklings to see here. There is also a great noodle spot on the corner.

Thank jenkle89
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Sarusawa-ike is a water pond located halfway from Nara JR Station to Kofukuji Temple. It can be used as a resting location for tourists in the area where some shops and cafes are nearby. Occasionally, you can find turtles in the pond and worth to...More

Reviewed 30 September 2016

This pond near the edge of the historic precincts of Nara is not a must-see but it does have an historic pagoda as a backdrop, making it a very peaceful place to stop for a drink or sit in the park. There are lots of...More

Thank Raymond W
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Do sit down by the pond under the trees to get some shade on a sunny day and maybe mingle with the locals. You get beautiful views towards the Kofukuji. There are turtles in the pond also to keep you interested.

Thank pepics
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