holidays

I Wonder about Japan

Japan is famous for its numerous holidays and festivals, there are festivals on a national scale, but most holidays and festivals inherent in a particular location. Typically each festival has its roots in religious significance and necessarily accompany these festivals the local Buddhist or Shinto temples. Holidays in Nara are no exception to the General rule.

So in Nara annually held feast, unusual at first glance — the festival of the burning of old grass (free interpretation) . The ceremony involved the Ministers of three significant temples in the city of Nara, is Kasuga-Taisha, Todai-JI and Kofuku-JI.

Traditionally it takes place on mount Wakakusa, the second name of this mountain — Mikasa. The mountain is located near Nara Park, the mountain height of 350 metres above sea level, this mountain offers a magnificent view of the city, especially at night.

On the hill is an observation deck, just 5 minutes from the observation deck is car Parking (extra charge). Tourists can walk around the mountain in the spring and fall, this is done to protect the vegetation that grows on the mountain. To get to the mountains on foot from the Kintetsu station in qaanaaq, the journey time is 35 minutes, until Wakakusa can be reached by bus, the ticket price is 180 yen. Continue reading

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