Mount WakakusaCurrently Closed
- Address: Nara, Japan
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 150 JPY
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Observatory, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Adventure, Hill, Observation Deck, Picnic Spot, Nature
Mount Wakakusa - Review
Mount Wakakusa aka Mount Wakakusayama is a hillock located behind Nara Park. The hillock is about 350 meters tall and offers unobstructed views of Nara city. However, tourists are allowed to climb Mount Wakakusayama only in spring and fall. This is done so as to protect the native grasses. During spring, the slopes of the hill which are lined with cherry trees come alive with cherry blossoms. A trek up the hill takes around 30 minutes. On the fourth Saturday of January, Mount Wakakusayama's slopes are burned during the spectacular Wakakusa Yamayaki festival.
How To reach Mount Wakakusa by Public Transport
- Todaiji Daibutsuden bus stop
- Kintetsu Nara Station
Restaurants Near Mount Wakakusa
- Carrying snacks with you is recommended.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Mount Wakakusa
7.62% of people who visit Nara include Mount Wakakusa in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
77.78% of people start their Mount Wakakusa visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Mount Wakakusa
66.67% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Mount Wakakusa
People normally also visit Kofuku Ji while planning their trip to Mount Wakakusa.
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Mount Wakakusa, Nara Reviews
The hike is about an hour one way. You might want to side track to visit the near by temples. It's very peaceful and beautiful way up. The view on the top is totally worth it. But we found out you can also ride a bike or drive to the peak. There are many deers relaxing on top... I wonder if they hikes up there... Take a different route down, cost 150 yen, and take the north exit to another beautiful temple. Recommend the hike.
When in Nara better to walking around until mount wakakusa since morning. Enjoying the sun and the weather. Meets the deer friends. Exhale inhale oxygen so good
Beautiful and less "managed" than other parks. You can wander around a large mountainous area. Some areas can be clogged with people taking photos, but the area is so large you can easily head into the grass to enjoy some peace and quiet.
You have to pay about 300 yen to walk up the steep path, which I understand as a use tax. The hike was pleasant and most people would find it strenuous. There were many deer on the way and a shaved ice stand in the middle park. There is the area at the top of mount wakakusa that you can drive to and then another park or clearing that you can only walk to. The views at both were great. We walked back down the longer way that is near the road but separate.
Great views from the top. Takes about 40 mins up and 20 down with an easy climb due to all the stairs. About halfway you can buy refreshments and enjoy the view from a number of benches.