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Francis M
Isle of Skye, UK90 contributions
Jan 2020
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.
Written 5 March 2020
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TravelingCat22
Tucson, AZ2,398 contributions
Jan 2020
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!
Written 9 February 2020
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Rowena G
Cebu City, Philippines14 contributions
Nov 2019
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 point of the hill was already amazing until you reach the top. If we only had enough time, we could have stayed longer and lie on the ground just like the locals. For tourists, better go there in early morning, so that once you are satisfied, you can go down and look at other attractions down the city. Wish I could see you again Mt. Wakakusa... thanks for the beautiful cool weather we had during our visit!
Written 12 November 2019
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eymwonder
Hong Kong, China178 contributions
Sep 2019
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 and paid a small charge of 520 yen for access. On a fine day you can see the surrounding mountains. Very enjoyable visit.
Written 10 October 2019
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Dawn S
Farmington, ME1,039 contributions
Mar 2019
It has been a bit since I visited so I cannot speak to the walking trail being closed -- I do know that when I went the gate and the "toll booth" did not open until 0900 so... not possible for a sunrise hike/view. The walking trail was well demarcated, followed it over the "three hills" to the top. The walk was gradual and took only about 30 minutes. There is no shade along the path on one route - the way I came down there was shade toward the end. Plan to wear sunscreen and bring water if you go on a hot day. The top was almost empty when I got there (just after the gate opened) and the deer minded their own business unless they saw/smelled food... then they got fairly aggressive. It was nice to get out for a little exercise and away from the crowds for a bit. The little hike was planned as I walked from Kasuga Taisha Shrine to Todaiji Temple. A nice little loop and absolutely manageable with just a map and no grasp of the language if you like to tour on foot. I would recommend a visit to Wakakusayama Hill to anyone who likes to be outside, great hike for children - just be careful if you bring a picnic!
Written 4 October 2019
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Madshus
Canberra, Australia1,299 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
The only way up here is by a road. For some reason the walking track was closed. Why? So many tourists mulling around the entrance puzzled at the logic behind this decision.
Written 2 March 2019
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BobBobGolden
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia639 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Great view of Nara with good lookout.
Wild deer also running around, sometime coming out and sometimes hiding. Much more natural and interesting.
Written 9 January 2019
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4Dsask24
Saskatoon, Canada195 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
Visiting Nara is a venture in the heavily populated. This is no reason to avoid the place, but the little slivers of tranquility are even more poignant when the vast majority of time is spent in the company of so many other individuals. Hiking up to Mt. Wakakusa is not a strenuous activity, nor is it very time consuming. Once at the top you will be greeted with a stellar view of the city as well as deer who are hopeful you've saved some deer crackers for the summit. Sitting on the benches or the grass with curious deer and beautiful views is not something to hurry on from. If you have the time to properly do the hike and revel in it's beauty then Mount Wakakusa will not disappoint you in the slightest.
Written 26 December 2018
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Matthew C
Melbourne, Australia258 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
I like walking up hills, and this one is not big or long. It was a very hot, humid day but still was OK for me. It's very calm and not many people around, they're all busy feeding the deer.

The entry is a bit of a walk east so make sure you account for that. There is a nominal fee that shouldn't be an issue paying.
Written 15 December 2018
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rossadam
Williamstown, Australia122 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Walked through the main entrance but can down a lovely gravel road through the forest. Good views of city. Lovely forest.
Written 12 July 2018
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