Q1 Are there any parking spaces?
There are no special parking spaces for the event, however there are several prefectural pay parking lots available nearby.
On the event day, traffic controls will be implemented around Nara Park and its surroundings and traffic congestion is expected to occur. Please make use of public transport to the event site.
There are plenty of privately owned parking lots available near JR Nara station. It is recommended to use them and take a bus to the event site.
■Major parking spaces nearby
<Prefectural pay parking lots>
①Daibutsumae tourist parking lots (Priority access given to tourist buses)：Entry between 8:30 to 20:30 (Gate open 24 hours for exit)
②Noboriōji tourist parking lots：Entry between 6:00 to 22:00 (Gate open 24 hours for exit)
③Takabatake tourist parking lots：Entry between 8:30 to 20:30 (Gate open 24 hours for exit)
<Private parking lots>
○Kasugataisha Parking lot：7:30 to 16:30
※Please note that the parking lot will become full by 16:00 every year on the day of Mt Wakakusa Yamayaki
※Traffic controls might be implemented between 16:00 to 19:30 around the areas of ①, ③ and Kasugataisha Parking lot.
Q2 What is the schedule for traffic controls on the day of Mt Wakakusa Yamayaki?
It will be implemented between 15:00 to 20:00 (Please refer to 2018 Traffic Control Announcement).
※The traffic controls will be enforced by police officers depending on the traffic condition on the day and the schedule might change.
The below is the schedule for the traffic controls.
①Kencho Higashi Intersection to Daibutsumae Intersection
Regular vehicles will be restricted after 16:00 (buses and taxis exempted)
All vehicles will be restricted between 18:00 to 19:30
②Daibutsumae Intersection to Mt Wakakusa
Regular vehicles will be restricted after 16:00 (Buses and taxis exempted)
All vehicles will be restricted between 18:00 to 19:30
★Tourist buses will also be restricted between 18:00 to 19:30.
Q3 How can I get to Mt Wakakusa from JR Nara Station (Kintetsu Nara Station)?
①By “Nara Kotsu bus”
1.Nara City loop bus (Clockwise) – Please get off at “Todaiji Daibutsuden /Kasugataisha mae” bus stop and walk about 15 minutes.
2.For Kasugataisha Shrine bus – Please get off at “Kasugataisha Honden” bus stop and walk about 5 minutes.
3.Gurutto bus – Please get off at “Wakakusayama Sanroku” bus stop (100 yen per ride)
Please walk eastward for about 30 minutes from Kintetsu Nara Station, or about 50 minutes from JR Nara Station
Please park your bicycles in front of “Ukigumo Enchi” in Nara Park on the east of Daibutsumae Intersection.
※Please beware there is no parking space for bicycles around the foot of Mt Wakakusa
Q4 Will the event be cancelled in rainy weather?
Mt Wakakusa Yamayaki will be held in light rain. The authorities will decide whether the event can be held or not by 9:00 on the day of the event. You can call Tele dome service on 0180-991-707 for the latest information.
※We will do our best to go ahead with Mt Wakakusa Yamayaki on the scheduled date for those who are looking forward to the event, however please understand that the event might be cancelled due to strong wind or heavy snow.
Q5 Will the event be postponed if the weather is bad?
In case of heavy weather, a bonfire, Yamayaki (grass burning ceremony) and fireworks will be postponed to the next day (January 29th) but the other events will be cancelled.
Q6 How many fireworks will be set off?
Approximately 600 fireworks
Q7 What time will Mt Wakakusa be set on fire?
It will start from 16:45. A torch is lit with sacred fire at Kasugataisha Tobihino, which is then carried by a procession of Buddhist monks, then the hill is ignited by members of Kohfukuji, Todaiji and Kasugataisha, together.
18:30Ignition of Mt Wakakusa
Q8 How long will the fire on Mt Wakakusa last for?
It depends on the weather but it usually lasts about 30 minutes.
Q9 Will the fire die down by itself?
Members of Nara’s fire brigades duly put out the fires.
Q10 How many people will be expected to come to the event?
Approximately 150,000 people came to enjoy the Yamayaki from all over the country last year.
Q11 How can I reserve a booth at the foot of Mt Wakakusa for the Yamayaki event?
“Mt Wakakusa Yamayaki special booth” are only available for Nara Umashi winter campaign and can be purchased through various travel agents who sell Nara Umashi winter campaign. Please contact the travel agents for reservation.
※Please note that this campaign is for groups only.
Q12 Will Shin-Mt Wakakusa Driveway, Mt Takamado Driveway and their paths be accessible on the day of the event?
These area will be restricted for the Yamayaki from midday on the day of the event, except for “Mt Takamado course” which will be open and accessible as usual.
All the restrictions will be lifted after the fire is extinguished (around 20:00).
Q13 When is the great bonfire at Kasugataisha Shrine (Burning event of Shimenawa)?
It will be held between 13:00 to 18:00. You can bring the used shimenawa (sacred straw ropes) of yours to be burnt on the day of the bonfire festival. Please contact Kasugataisha Shrine on 0742-22-7788 or Nara City Tourist Association on 0742-27-2223
Q14 Where can I enjoy Mt Wakakusa Yamayaki?
The best places to enjoy the event will be around the foot of Mt Wakakusa. You can watch the burning mountain and fireworks up close. It can also be seen from Ukiyo Enchi in front of Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA, Kasugano Enchi and Former site of Heijokyu Imperial Palace.
Q15 Where can I get a guidebook for Mt Wakakusa Yamayaki?
The guidebooks will be available at various Tourist Information Offices in Nara city and Wakakusayama Sanroku Main office Tent (Main office tent at the foot of Mt Wakakusa). Nara Mahoroba Hall in Tokyo will also distribute the guidebooks.
※Distribution date: Beginning of January (to be confirmed)