Nara, Wakakusa Yamayaki

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An Event Praying for Peace and Comfort for Passed Souls

The Wakakusa Yamayaki is an event where the 342-meter-high Mt. Wakakusa that overlooks Nara City is lit on fire.
This is a Shinto ritual meant to calm the spirits inhabiting the keyhole-shaped tumulus on the mountain’s summit.
After around 600 fireworks are launched, 33 hectares of grasslands on the mountain are set aflame.
The dynamic scene that unfolds is almost like watching a forest fire. The winter night sky is dyed red, and the view of the entirety of the mountain lit up is magnificent.

Many deer that are accustomed to humans live in the area. Many people come to visit just to see these deer!

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Nara, Wakakusa Yamayaki

157 Kasuganochowakakusa, Nara City, Nara
Entirety of Mt. Wakakusa, around Nara Park
From the JR Nara Station and Kintetsu Nara Station, take the Nara Kotsu Bus to the “Great Buddha Kasuga Taisha” stop. The base of the mountain is then a 15-minute walk away.
Event Date
January 26th, 2019(4th Saturday of January every year)
Event Hours
Fireworks 6:15pm. Yamayaki 6:30pm
Admission Fee
150 yen