Mt. Wakakusa


Places to visit

Whenever you arrive Nara Park, the grass-covered mountain and landscape of Mt. Wakakusa will catch your attention.
Mt. Wakakusa consists of three hills and is 342 meters high.
The mountain has a total area of 33 hectares, is covered with grasses and at is peak is the Uguisuzuka Tomb, an historical site that was constructed around the fifth century. In January, you should not miss Mt. Wakakusa Yamayaki, a fire festival to burn off the grasslands of the mountain at night.


There are two entrances to Mt. Wakakusa, the South Gate and North Gate.
These gates are located about 300 meters apart. Please make sure to specify the site of the gate clearly when you arrange to meet with someone.

◆Climbing Season: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from the third Saturday in March to the second Sunday in December

For the climbing season of this year, please visit the Nara Park (Mt. Wakakusa) website

◆Paid admission

Adult (Junior-high school student or older) Child (3 years old or older)
Fee 150 yen 80 yen
Group Discount (30 people or more) 120yen 60yen
Nara Park Office
543 Shibatsuji-cho, Nara City 630-8114


  • (To the base of the mountain)
    Nara Kotsu Bus (City Loop Line) from both JR Nara Station and Kintetsu-Nara station
    About 15 minutes walk from ‘Todaiji Daibutsuden Kasugataisha-mae’ or ‘Kasuga Taisha Omotesando’ bus stop.
    About 30 minutes walk from Kintetsu-Nara station
  • (To the summit)
    A 5 minute walk from Mt. Wakakusa parking lot (free of charge) after taking the Mt. Wakakusa / Nara Okuyama Driveway toll road.


  • 若草山の麓
    Base of Mt. Wakakusa.
  • 若草山
    Mt. Wakakusa viewed from below.
  • 若草山は絶景ポイントの一つ。
    Mt. Wakakusa provides magnificent views. You can enjoy the scenery not only at the top of the mountain, or the first hill, but all the way to the top.
  • 思いのほか傾斜がきついです
    The slope may be steeper than you imagined. When you descend the mountain, mind your step and make sure not to fall over.
  • 一重目頂上からの眺め
    View from the first hill.
  • 山頂からは奈良盆地を一望
    On the summit, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Nara Basin.
  • 若草山から望む、奈良県奈良市の夜景
    “Night view of Nara overlooked from Mt. Wakakusa” is selected as one of the “New Three Major Night Views of Japan.”
  • 前方後円墳
    Uguisuzuka Tomb on the top of the mountain. It is one of the largest keyhole-shaped tombs located more than 300 meters high in Japan.