Attraction 49,Noboriojicho Sarusawa, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8213 Published on: 27-02-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM
09:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
0.00 USD

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Sarusawa-ike is a small artificial pond with 360 meters in circumference. It was created in 749 as a pond of Kofuku-ji Temple.

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Why Sarusawa-ike is special ?

The sight of the pond with the five-storied pagoda of the temple in behind has long been known as one of the most popular sceneries in Nara. Turtles basking in the sun can also be seen here.

A legend says a maid in the imperial palace committed suicide by diving into the pond because of falling out of favor with the emperor in the Nara Period (710-194). Uneme-jinja Shrine located near the pond said to have been establshed to console her soul.

How to get to Sarusawa-ike?

8 minutes walk from Kintestu-Nara Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line

Selling points

  • Summer festival for foreign tourists
  • Great spot for a picnic lunch
  • Don't miss the turtles
  • A Nice pond
  • Nice place for waling around
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49,Noboriojicho Sarusawa, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8213

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Sarusawa pond probably doesn't merit a visit on its own, but if you're in the area it's a great place to stop and eat lunch. We grabbed a box of persimmon leaf sushi from the nearby Hiraso, and then ate it while sitting on one of the many benches around the pond. There are several drink machines nearby, and the view is beautiful. You can see the pagoda from Kofukuji Temple, and there are lots of turtles.

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