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Wakakusa Hill

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Address: Nara, Nara Prefecture

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the sign said 342 metres - this is the height not the length of the track. There are 3 summits and the effort to get to the top was well worth it - the 360 degree views are great

Reviewed 15 December 2016
Colin T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wakarusa is about 15 minutes walk from Nara station. You can start the walk at either the North or South entrance, I would recommend the South because you have far more steps on the North side. It should take about 30 minutes to reach the top with great views of Nara once you get there.

Thank gineer
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been hiking to this place many times but it is the 1st time I have been there when the cherry blossoms were blooming. It is always enjoyable & well worth the small entrance fee.

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Reviewed 19 December 2016

We took a ride by car from centre of Nara to Wakakusa Hill and then the small road back towards the park. You have to pay a fare to get their and on top of the hill you have to pay once more. As the streets are very rocky the staff recommend not to drive - but we did and... More 

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Reviewed 15 December 2016

the sign said 342 metres - this is the height not the length of the track. There are 3 summits and the effort to get to the top was well worth it - the 360 degree views are great

Thank Colin T
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

The hill walk was longer than I imagined but well worth the trip (maybe about 45-60 mins round trip). There are a few different lookouts along the way with excellent views over Nara and we found some deer to feed at the top. Apart from some of the first section, it's mostly in the sun so take some water if... More 

Thank ellyshort
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Wakakusa Hill is the grass covered mountain behind Nara Park, located between Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine. The mountain is about 350 meters tall and affords unobstructed views over Nara City. You can climb the hill all year round except during winter - a small entrance fee is charged.

Thank KarolaRS
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

If you're looking for good views, then I definitely recommend climbing up this set of two hills. It's a relatively easy climb, and the views at the top are very rewarding. There are even usually some deer at the top to ensure that your Nara experience is never without deer!

Thank Daniel T
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

we start and preparing water for between the walking trip. The way to go to the top are nice please check weather before you go. (my day is sunny it's very nice) for me i'm not a sport people but my partner are maraton guys he 's not tired. we go slowly and enjoy by the side it's have about... More 

Thank Sninging G
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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

I did the climb on foot. It wasn't the easiest walk, but the vast views are very rewarding. Great place to get away from all the tourists and enjoy silence.

Thank Anthony D
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Great location to view the city and to get a good workout at the same time. the steps to the first summit are strenuous, but no so much so that they are a hindrance to anyone wanting to climb them. There was a group of primary school children climbing them at the same time. The last bit is a dirt... More 

Thank Rex W

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