The Mountain Burning Festival at Wakakusayama
Mt. Wakakusayama is rising about 350 meters above sea level,Just behind Nara Park. Burning up the entire hill, this New year event is held every year of the fourth Saturday of January. A torch is lit with sacred fire is carried down to a small shrine at the foot of the hill by a parade of Buddhist monks. First, the hill is ignited with the sacred fire. Then 200 fireworks are launched and the hill continues to burn for some 30 minutes.