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Sarusawa Pond, Nara

#2 of 10 in Nature in Nara
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Enjoy a bit of serenity at Sarusawa Pond, an artificial lake dating back to the 8th century. Although legend has it that a court maid drowned herself here after falling in love with the emperor, today the area exudes tranquil ambiance. Feed turtles and ducks, admire elegant herons posing on the rocks, and look for the shrine peeking from the lush greenery. Relax on one of the many benches, and then enjoy a serene cup in the tea garden. In spring, take in the weightless wonder of cherry trees in blossom. If visiting in September, consider checking out the Uneme festival, complete with dragon boats, fans of autumn blooms, and lanterns floating on the water. For Sarusawa Pond and beyond, use our Nara trip maker to get the most from your Nara vacation.
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  • Sarusawa Pond is somewhat romantic. I enjoyed walking around this area. Been here many times. My favourite time to be in this place is during autumn. Don't miss this one.  more »
  • This is just a pond. Nothing special. Not even a big pond. A pathway that runs around the pond. Benches located on the pathway. That being said, it is a nice place to sit and rest. We ended....  more »
  • Romantic scenery by the lake , a good place to sit down and take a break .
  • Decent but given the area not amazing. There are better places to spend your time.

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