Things to do / Traditional festivals

Nara: Uneme Matsuri

Annual Festival held on the night of the mid-autumn full moon (Chushu-no-meigetsu). The highlight of this festival is a procession of people drawing Hanaguruma (carriages with a big fan decorated with flowers) with Miss Uneme Beauty Queens sitting inside, and a group of children in fancy attire.

Schedule & Key events:
from 5 p.m.: Procession starts from JR Nara Sta. for Sarusawa Pond
from 7 p.m.: Colorfully decorated sacred boats are rowed out to the center of the pond to the accompaniment of Gagaku (court music)

Location: JR Nara Sta.,, Nara, Nara

(1) JR Nara Line to Nara Sta., and then walk 15 min. (2) Kintetsu Nara Line to Kintetsu Nara Sta., and then walk 5 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.