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Mt. Wakakusa in Nara: Opening Hours/Fireworks/Fire Events

by Ryu_C@RakuRakuJP

Mount Wakakusa – one of the three major attractions in Nara

For you, besides those deer that can bite people, what other attractions can you visit in Nara? Todaiji Temple? Kasuga Taisha? Have you ever thought about walking up Mount Wakakusa to enjoy the scenery of Nara?

Wakakusa Mountain is a small hill that is only a 5-minute walk from Todaiji Temple. For ordinary people, it may be just an ordinary small hill. However, Mount Wakakusa is very special, that is, you can be in Nara, where there are not many high-rise buildings, and you also have the opportunity to see the entire view of Nara from Mount Wakakusa.

At the same time, looking down from the top of Mount Wakakusa, you can see the green grass, which is a very suitable place to relax on holiday.

Nara Attractions in Wakakusayama
Mount Wakakusa, which is lush with greenery in summer, is perfect for relaxing on the mountain. (Click to enlarge the picture)

And there are also many deer on the Wakasa Mountain side for you to take pictures. The point is that compared to the deer near Nara Station, the deer here are more docile and will not keep chasing you and asking you for deer senbei.

Nara Fawn
At the foot of Mount Wakakusa, you can take pictures with the deer. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Details of Mt. Wakakusa, Nara

Opening hours: March-December every year, 09:00-17:00
Fee: ¥150JPY
Address: 〒630-8211 Nara City, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
Transportation: Take the Kintetsu Nara Train to Kintetsu Nara Station, then walk through Kasuga Taisha Shrine and Todaiji Temple to Mount Wakakusa

Mount Wakakusa Burning Festival

On the other hand, the annual Wakakusa Mountain Burning Festival (沉草山焼き) is held on Mount Wakakusa, which is an event to burn Mount Wakakusa and distribute fireworks to appease the ghosts on the mountain.

However, there is no need to worry that the burning of Mt. Wakakusa will cause a wildfire, because this is an official event, and a lot of preparations have been made in advance to control the scope of the burning of Mt. Wakakusa. Afterwards, firefighters extinguished the wildfire before it was officially completed. The whole festival.

If you have the opportunity to come to Nara on the fourth Saturday of January, you can also arrange an evening to participate in the Wakakusa Mountain Burning Festival, which will end at around 20:00 in the evening. Then return to Kyoto and Osaka to continue other trips.

The actual situation of the Wakakusa Mountain Burning Festival is the same as the following video, where the fireworks are released first, and then the Wakakusa Mountain Burning Festival begins. It is recommended to come to Nara before noon and start visiting, so that you can visit all Nara attractions before sunset, and then participate in the Wakakusa Mountain Burning Festival.

The scene of the Wakakusa Yakiyama Festival. (日テレNEWS)

Wakakusa Yakiyama Festival details

Date: Every year on the 4th Saturday of January
Wakakusa Yakiyama Festival Time: 17:00 – 20:00
Participation Fee: Free

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If you have ever been to Mount Wakakusa, you will definitely agree that Mount Wakakusa is a very relaxing place. As long as it takes about an hour to walk to the top of the mountain, you can enjoy the green grass and the scenery of Nara. It is a scenic spot that is visited by Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha on the way when the weather is not too hot in early summer.

Of course, you can also come here specifically to visit Mt. Wakakusa and visit the deer. Compared with the places where people gather near Nara Station, there are fewer people on Mt. Wakakusa, so you can take pictures with the deer slowly.

In addition, if your itinerary will go to other Kansai regions, such as Kyoto and Osaka, you can also checkKansai Travel InformationHere, there may be more attractions, accommodation, and ticket discounts to help you plan your itinerary.

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