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Mount Wakakusa is a 342-meter high mountain that is located in Nara Park. The bright green of the lawn that covers the whole mountain shines beautifully. From the top of the mountain, you will enjoy an unobstructed panoramic view of the city of Nara. The famous deer of Nara Park can also be found on the mountain, so why don't you take some photos with them and interact with nature. Wakakusa Yamayaki is the most famous traditional event of this mountain which is held annually in January. People celebrate the arrival of spring and wish for a peaceful world by setting fire to the entire mountain. This is one of the major events in Nara.
- 157 Wakakusa, Kasugano-cho, Nara-shi, Nara
- Contact No.
- 7-min bus ride on Nara Kotsu Bus bound for Kasuga Taisha Honden from Nara Station on Kintetsu Line or JR Line. 10-min walk from the terminal bus stop.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
During opening season: open daily (third Saturday in March-second Sunday in Dec)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2. 5 hours to half a day
- Admission fee
- Junior high school students or older: 150 yen; 3 years old or older: 80 yen
- Other Information
- *Entry is not permitted during closed season *During opening season, entering the mountain on foot is not permitted, only by vehicle is permitted.
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Mount Wakakusa is in Nara Park and you can see deer roaming freely on the mountain. Although the deer are wild, they are accustomed to humans. The deer are considered as divine messengers of the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, and citizens of Nara have protected them for years.
Superb View from the Mountain Top
It is a 40-minute walk from the entrance gate to the top of the mountain going through the woods. When you reach the top of the mountain, a superb view of Nara is waiting for you. There are benches in the plaza, so we recommend taking lunch and having a picnic.
The view from Mount Wakakusa is even more beautiful at twilight. The sky turns to a brilliant orange at sunset, and you can see the city lights as they come on. Many visitors come to the mountain at this time of day to see this particular scene.
One of the New Three Best Night Views of Japan
The view from Mount Wakakusa at night is recognized as one of the new three best night views of Japan. The scene is dotted with temple roofs in the darkness making this a quintessential view of this ancient city of Nara. Entering the mountain after 5 pm is limited only to vehicles.
Wakakusa Yamayaki is held in January every year, and it is an astonishing ritual where the entire mountain is set on fire. Along with lighting the mountain on fire, 600 fireworks are displayed. The entire mountain turns bright red, and it is a spectacular sight! This is a completely different scene from the tranquil Mount Wakakusa during the day.