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Famous spots in Nara where you can enjoy a pleasant stroll

Mt. Wakakusa (Mt. Mikasa)

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The entire mountain area of Mt. Wakakusa is covered with grass, and it is also called "Mt. Mikasa" because of its shape, which resembles three hats stacked on top of each other.

It is 342m above sea level and 33ha in area, and you can see herds of deer all over the mountain.

The mountain is popular as a mountain where you can enjoy all four seasons, with cherry blossoms in the spring and autumn leaves and pampas grass in the fall.

On the northeast side of the historic site Uguisuzuka Tumulus, Rengetsu azaleas are in full bloom during the season. You need to walk for about 30 minutes to see the sights, and you can enjoy a pleasant stroll.

From the observation deck at the top of the mountain, you can see the mountains of Mt. Kongo and the cityscape of Kyoto in the distance, and even though it is a low mountain, the scenery is magnificent.

Also, at night, you can see the beautiful night view of Nara city, which is said to be one of the top three night views in Japan.

■ Basic information
Name: Mt. Wakakusa (Mt. Mikasa)
Address: 157 Wakakusa, Kasugano-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
Nearest station: Kintetsu Nara Station (7 minutes by bus + walk)
Business hours: 9:00-17:00
Price: (as below)
Regular holidays: None (closed from December to March)
Parking: None (use nearby parking lots/charges apply)

■ Fees
General: 150 yen
Children: 80 yen (elementary school students and under)

*Please check the website for detailed information.

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