Wakakusa Yamayaki in Nara

12:00pm – 8:00pm

One of the most impressive sights in Japan this January, the Wasakusa Yamayaki sees an entire mountainside in Nara go up in flames as fireworks are launched behind it.

Although its origins are unclear, possible explanations include disputes about boundary lines between temples, attempts to scare away boar, and even ghosts.

Schedule 2024

The fireworks will be launched at 6:15 p.m. and the mountain will be set alight at 6:30 p.m.

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