Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Japan  /  Kansai  /  Nara Prefecture  /  Nara  /  Mt. Wakakusa

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.
Create an itinerary including Mt. Wakakusa
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Mt. Wakakusa Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
356 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • There is a gravel track all the way to the top, takes maybe three quarters of an hour moderate walking pace, not strenuous. Decent view from the top.  more »
  • On the 4th Saturday of January, there is a special celebration where the Mount Wakakusa is set on fire at the end of a long ceremony in several steps. Very interesting!  more »
Google
  • 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

Plan your trip to Nara

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Nara

See all ›
4.7
Duration:1 h
4.5
Duration:2 h 30 min
4.4
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.1
Duration:30 min

Side trips from Nara

4.6
Duration:2 h 30 min
Ise
4.7
Duration:1 h
Uji
4.4
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.6
Duration:1 h

Historic Sites in Nara

See all ›
4.2
Duration:30 min
4.6
Duration:30 min
4.9
Duration:1 h
4.7
Duration:1 h

Hidden gems in Nara

5.0
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.5
Duration:1 h
4.9
Duration:1 h
4.9
Duration:1 h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Nara

4.9
Duration:1 h
4.8
Duration:30 min
5.0
Duration:2 h 30 min
5.0
Duration:1 h
4.5
Duration:2 h
4.8
Duration:1 h
4.2
Duration:2 h
Ise
4.2
Duration:1 h