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[Grass-Burning] Festival on Wakakusa-yama hill
Held on the fourth Saturday of January (24 January in 2015), or the following day in the event of bad weather, this is Nara’s most spectacular festival. At around 5.30pm, a fire is lit in the middle of Wakakusa-yama, the mountain that rises over the east side of Nara. At 6pm, a fireworks show is held and then, at around 6.15pm, the dry grass on the hillside is set alight and the entire mountainside burns brightly. You’ll have to arrive very early to grab a spot at the base of the hill, but you can see it from many parts of Nara-koen Park and even Downtown Nara.