With few tourists and expansive views, the observatory on Mt Wakakusa is especially beautiful at sunset and into the early evening, as the lights spread out across Nara. Walking from the base of the mountain takes around 40 minutes. There are no lights on the walking paths after dark, so be sure to bring a flashlight. You can also reach the observatory by car and taxi.
- Venue Details & Access Info
From JR Nara Station:
- 8 minutes on the car.
Related Venues Mt. Wakakusa
Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest
- 奈良奥山ドライブウェイ Nara Okuyama Driveway
- address 奈良県奈良市雑司町 Zoshicho, Nara
- Opening Time & Admissions
Shin-Mt. Wakakusa Driveway: 8:00 - 23:00 (- 22:00 during Winter)
Nara Okuyama Driveway: 9:00 - 17:00
Mt. Takamado Driveway: 8:00 - 18:30
Open all year round
Total length of the driveway: ¥1,720
*Price depends on the route
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