Nara Prefecture ー Another weekend, another chance to get out and explore! This week I went to a number of different places all throughout Nara Prefecture.
The weekend started out by taking a train to Shigisan where we then walked up a mountain to a big organic farm to go strawberry picking. However, unlike your traditional strawberry farm, here you aren’t allowed to take anything home. They give you 30 minutes to run through the greenhouse and eat as many strawberries as possible. Needless to say, we wanted to make the most of our money and ate more than enough strawberries for all of 2018.
Our next stop was Nara city where the annual Wakakusa Mountain Burning festival took place. This festival is put on every year on the fourth Saturday of January. It has been going on for hundreds of years, but the origin is still disputed to this day. At 6:15PM there was a fireworks display from the top of the mountain, followed by the mountain being set ablaze! There were thousands of people lining the streets and filling up the parks around Nara watching the big event.
On Sunday we left Nara city and made our way to Tenkawamura and up a mountain to Dorogawa Onsen. By the time we had reached the top of the mountain, we were surrounded by snow! We took a monorail up the edge of a cliff to enter a large cave and then made our way back down to walk around the little town. I think the pictures tell the story much better than I ever could in words, so I’ll end the post with a little slideshow.