August in Japan is stinking hot—no way around it. While the nights are still pretty warm, they’re more tolerable than the searing days, so August is a good time to become nocturnal. For those wondering what to do at night, Nara is generously providing evening entertainment throughout August with a number of light festivals. Now is a great time to take in the atmosphere of the ancient capital.
For the Light Up Promenade event, various buildings in and around Nara Park (including its many UNESCO World Heritage sites) will be illuminated with spotlights nightly. Enjoy the five-story pagoda of Kofukuji Temple, Yakushiji Temple, and Todaiji Temple all lit up on an evening stroll.
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