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Sarusawa-ike, Nara

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Enjoy a bit of serenity at Sarusawa-ike, 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. Put Sarusawa-ike into our Nara tourist route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Nara.
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  • It is Sarusawa pond overlooking the five-story pagoda of Kofuku-ji Temple, you can spot. You can enjoy the wonderful views while listening to the sound of the Kofuku-ji Temple Bell and comes at 6 o'clock every morning and evening. I think the ultimate relaxation spot.
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  • 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. 
  • May be history, but invisible to me only in a dirty pond. What's not a little beautiful? It is a pity because the name also.
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