After Dark in East Nara Nabari 2023

Last Updated on December 1, 2023

Here are nighttime events in East Nara Nabari. Enjoy another natural beauty that is different from the daytime.

Akame 48 Waterfalls Bamboo Lantern Illumination

2,000 bamboo lights create a spectacular view. More info

October 21, 2023 - January 28, 2024*

Oct 21 - Nov 30, Dec 23-25: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dec 1 - Jan 28 (except Dec 23-25): 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

*In December and January, the event is held only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays.

  • Location: Akame 48 Waterfalls(Nagasaka, Akame-cho, Nabari City, Mie Prefecture)
  • Access: 10-min bus ride from Kintetsu Akameguchi (赤目口) station
  • Parking: Available
  • Link: Bamboo Lanter Illumination website

Akame 48 Waterfalls Bamboo Lantern Illumination / 赤目渓谷 幽玄の竹あかり

Kagiroi Viewing

Join the traditional gatherins and witness a rare natural phenomenon in the mid-winter. More info

Fabruary 11, 2024

Pre-event: December 29th

  • Location: Manyo Park (Nakanosho, Ouda, Uda City, Nara Prefecture)
  • Access: 20 minutes drive from Kintetsu Haibara Station or 8 minute walk from Michi-no-Eki Udaji Ouda
  • Parking: Available
  • Link: Kagiroi Viewing

Hingahi no taki & Yumebuchi Illumination in Higashiyoshino

Hingashi no Taki, one of the sacred waterfalls in the ENN, and Yumebuchi, where three rivers flow, are lit up magically on the night of Higashiyoshino, a mountainous village in Nara Prefecture.

November 11 - 13, 2023
5:30 pm - 8 pm

  • Location: Hingashi-no-Taki Falls and Yumebuchi (Omura, Higashiyoshino Village, Yoshino-gun, Nara Prefecture)
  • Parking: Park at Higashiyoshino Campground (Google Maps)
  • Link: More infomation on this site

Yumebuchi / 夢淵

Murou-ji Autumn Illumination

Enjoy the beautifully illuminated autumn leaves and the five-story pagoda.

November 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 2023
5 pm - 8 pm

  • Location: Murou-ji Temple (78 Murou, Uda City, Nara Prefecture)
  • Access: Get off at Muroguchiono (室生口大野) station, take a bus bound for Murou-ji (室生寺) and get off at the final stop. Walk for 5 minutes.
  • Parking: Available
  • Admission: 600 yen. Enter by 7:30 pm
  • Link: Murou-ji official website

Muroji Illumination

Summer Lights at Nabekura Valley

Solar lights mysteriously illuminate the 650-meter-long river of rocks. This place is also known as one of the best stargazing spots.

July 23rd - August 27th

  • Location: Oshio, Yamazoe Village, Yamabe-gun, Nara Prefecture
  • Access: Get off at Konoguchi (神野口) of Meihan National Expressway, drive approximately 4.1 km toward Mt. Kono. (The ruote is very dark at night)
  • Parking: Available
  • Link: Forest Park Konoyama

Nabekura Valley Summer Lights

Uda-Matsuyama Summer Night Illumination

Artistic lanterns gently light up the historic townscape of Uda-Matsuyama. Read more

August 24th - 26th, 6 pm - 9 pm

  • Venue: Uda-Matsuyama Historic Town District, Uda Animal Park (August 25 & 26)
  • Access: From Kintetsu Haibara Station, take a bus bound for ‘Ouda’ and get off at the final stop ‘Ouda’. Uda-Matsuyama area is within a walking distance of the bus stop.
  • Parking: Available at Michi no Eki Udaji Ouda (Map)
  • Link: Official blog (JP)

Illumination at Uda-Matsuyama