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Mt. Wakakusa, Nara

4.3
#1 of 10 in Nature in Nara
Surround yourself in evergreen scenery and immerse yourself in nature at Mt. Wakakusa. Almost completely covered in grass, the 342 m (1,122 ft) high hill provides you with a peaceful atmosphere, perfect for a picnic while you enjoy views over the nearby town. As you follow man-made trails around the mountain, you will come across deer who call the local area home. Once a year, a festival in which locals burn the dead grass of the hill takes place, a tradition that supposedly originated in 1760. According to legend, it was the result of a boundary dispute between two temples. Take a look at our Nara trip itinerary planning tool to schedule your visit to Mt. Wakakusa and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • So lucky that the walking trail was open during our visit, thus we climbed up the stairs and walking track until up to the entrance for the third summit paying 150 JPY. The view even from the staring....  more »
  • At the top of Mt Wakakusa, you will be able to see all of Nara at your feet. Many deer roam by, but the feeling is much more freer than the ones you might encounter in Nara Park. We drove up there.....  more »
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  • Amazing view of the town, but lots of steps to get there. Consider saving some wafers for the cute deer at the top. 150yen entrance fee, gate closes at 5pm.
  • Just a great view, great little hill-mountain
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