Ukimido Gazebo in Nara

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  • Sagi-ike Pond With The Ukimido Gazebo In Nara Park

  • Sagi-ike Pond With The Ukimido Gazebo In Nara Park

  • Sagi-ike Pond Nara Park

  • Sagi-ike Pond Nara Park At Night

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Ukimido is a hexagonal wooden gazebo "floating" over the Sagiike Pond in the Nara Park near Kasuga Taisha Shrine. It is a very popular photo spot for tourists, especially when the pavilion is beautifully reflected on the surface of the pond. The roof of the Ukimido is thatched with Japanese cypress bark. The best time to visit this place is during the summer nights, when the floating pavilion is illuminated. You can also rent a boat there from late March through late November. Best Ryokans in NaraExplore Ryokans in Nara
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  • Ukimido Gazebo:
  • Opens: 7 days a week (all year)
  • Admission fee - free
  • Contact - Nara Park Management Office: 0742-22-0375

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Ukimido Gazebo (pavilion) was built in 1916. To bring back its former beauty the pavilion was completely re-constructed from 1991 to 1994.


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Ukimido Gazebo is located at the center of Sagiike Pond within the Nara Park.

How to get to Ukimido Gazebo in Nara?

  • 8min from Kintetsu Nara Station served by Nara and Kyoto Line or
  • 15min from JR Nara Station served by Yamatoji, Nara, Gakkentoshi, Sakurai Line

Sightseeing spots


Nara Park (Deer Park) - beautiful lawn park ( 2x4 km) to relax in, deer (messengers of the gods) roam freely in this area

Marumadotei Pavilion - it is an Important Cultural Property

Kataoka Bairin plum grove - a great place for an relaxing moment

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

July - September

Light-up Promenade in ancient city of Nara (13th July - 29th Sep)
From early summer till the end of autumn many historical buildings are lit up during the night (7:00 pm - 10:00 pm) including the Ukimido Gazebo.


Toka-ye Lantern Festival in Nara (5th - 14th)
Thousands of candles are lit everywhere in Nara between 7:00 pm and 9:45 pm. Enjoy this special atmosphere in the Nara Park, temples and gardens. The gazebo belongs to one of the cities main attractions during the festival. Rent a boat and paddle over the lake to enjoy the ancient moment.

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