Mount Wakakusa

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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 Get To 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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Address: Nara, Japan

Ticket Price: 150 JPY

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Time Required: 01:30 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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Share your experience - Rate Mount Wakakusa, Nara

  • 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.

  • A modest but not too difficult hike up, plenty of resting stops and a great view shared by deer :) note that for 150yen you can take a much shorter (not necessarily better) path up/downwards

  • Great views of both Nara and the mountains. Definitely walk up to the third peak for a chance to see the wild deer

  • 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.

  • Very nice view from the 3 peaks. Deers are almost everywhere eating grass. It's a little bit tiring to climb up there but definitely worth the effort.

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