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.
Sarusawa Pond Reviews
This was a relatively OK pond close to the main shopping street in Nara. It was well maintained around the perimeter of the pond but the water had a greenish tinge which was suspect. Not the greatest ... more »
It was a long, hot and tiring day after visiting Nara Park and temples. Rested here before heading back to the train station. It was busy on weekends but people just rested here before moving on to th... 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.
Places to stay near Sarusawa Pond
Plan your trip to Nara
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from Nara
View all >
Hidden gems in Nara
View all >
Nearby attractions in Nara
Plans to Sarusawa Pond by other users
12 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE November, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 40 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Nara BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 33 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 14 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDONESIA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Nara BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium