Terrace By The Pond Offers Cool Relief In Summer For Nara Visitors

Terrace by the pond offers cool relief in summer for Nara visitors

NARA--A wooden terrace has been set up by the Sarusawaike pond here to provide a cool, but colorful view of surrounding temples in the ancient capital.

About 100 paper lanterns floating on the pond add a welcome contrast in the fading daylight.

Visitors to the terrace can gaze at the illuminated five-story pagoda of the nearby Kofukuji temple while also enjoying food and a cold drink.

The terrace, which is about 20 meters long and about five meters wide, can accommodate up to 80 seated people.

The idea came from a local group looking into ways to enjoy the remaining days of summer in Nara. The pond terrace project was started for the first time this year and continues until Aug. 25.

The terrace is open from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The paper lanterns are lit at 6:30 p.m. A ticket costing 500 yen ($4.60) is needed to enter the terrace after 5 p.m.