Wakakusa Yamayaki -old tradition of burning the hillslope of a mountain in Japan

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Location : Japan

Destination Type: Cultural

The Wakakusa Yamayaki is an annual festival during which the grass on the hillside Mount Wakakusayama is set on fire. This year it is on 25th January. Its near Nara city of Japan

History of  Wakakusa Yamayaki

  1. The tradition supposedly originated from a boundary dispute between two temples, Tōdai-ji and Kōfuku-ji in 1760.
  2. As the mediations failed, the entire mountain was set ablaze.
  3. Other explanations suggest the extermination of wild boars or pests as a result

Activities for tourists at Wakakusa Yamayaki

  1. Watch senbei crackers throwing competition
  2. Witness fireworks show
  3. Watch volenteers with sacred fire lighting up the hillslope
  4. Enjoy Japanese taiko drum concert or other concerts
  5. Explore Nara

How to reach there


Kansai International airport is the nearest airport 75 kms away.It has connectivity to Tokyo and international destinations


From nara to Tokyo and Osaka trains are available

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Osaka ( 32 kms away)
  2. Kyoto ( 45 kms away)
  3. Mie Prefecture( 146 kms away)

Some hotels in for tourists and tour operators with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Smile Hotel Narahttps://smile-hotels.com/hotels/show/nara

Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara Eki https://www.superhotel.co.jp/s_hotels/lohasnara/

Nara Royal Hotel https://nara-royal.co.jp/

Hotel Pagodahttps://hotel-cube-jp.book.direct/en-gb?utm_source=gmb

Hotel Fujita Nara http://www.fujita-nara.com/

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 Photo courtesy:By Nagoya Taro-Posted by the contributor. PENTAX K10D + smc PENTAX-A ZOOM 1: 4 70-210mm, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9623523


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