Mount Wakakusa, Nara

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  • 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
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About Mount Wakakusa, Nara

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

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Mount Wakakusa, Nara Reviews

  • Amazing hike! Great thing to do to get away from the tourists. Must do!

  • Best kept secret!! Scenic view at the top of Mt Wakakusua! Lovely sunset view

  • The place was peaceful with lovely view of the city of Nara. We visited here in July but it was very nicely covered with green and we enjoyed the fresh air as well. The drive up to the mountain was also fun (it was 520 yen round trip to the mountain)! Unlike the deers in the Nara Park, the ones in the mountain were calm and were all busy eating the grasses. We found it kind of cute.

  • Mountain is closed in December to March. But nice view when viewed from the foot of the mountain

  • It costs 150 yen to walk to the summit, and the view of Nara from up there is beautiful. There are even deer at the top. It's about 40 minutes to walk up, and you have to walk down as well.

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