Aug/14 - 15 Chugen Mantoro (Lantern Festival) at Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara3.9
from 8/14 '19 to 8/15 '19
Kasuga Taisha Shrine is the most important shrine in Nara, and known for its 3,000 lanterns―2,000 stone lanterns and 1,000 hanging lanterns.
3,000 lanterns are lit there twice a year―on February and on August 14 & 15. The Lantern Festival on August 14 & 15 to pray for good health or business is called "Chugen Mantoro". These ritual dates back over 800 years with many lanterns donated by nobles or samurais or citizens.
Traditional court music and dance known as Bugaku is performed on August 14, and ancient Shinto theatrical dance called Kagura is performed August 15. Passing through the Torii gate along the stone lanterns into the candle-lit night by hanging lanterns would be a magical experience.
Dates: August 14 & 15, 2019
PM 19:30 ~ All lanterns are lit up
PM 21:30 Gate Close
Fee : 500 yen (special viewing for inside the corridor)
・a 30 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, or a 45 minute walk from JR Nara Station
・take a bus from Nara Station and get off at the Kasuga Taisha Honden bus stop
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PurposeFestivals,spiritual places,world heritage,Traditional folk,shrine/temple,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Nara Sta. (about 2.6km) Google Transit
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4.0a week ago
One of the best in Nara. Big, lots to see, surely a major attraction before or after you fees the deer. Not golden nor too shimming, the architect is very nice. Make sure you go visit all spots, don't miss the Thousand Wonders but prepare to walk a thousand steps (not really thousand).
5.02 weeks ago
Make sure you go trough the main gate down near Todaiji before you begin your ascent. Google led me around the back way which really hurt the initial experience. Descending back down the appropriate (main) path was such a better way to experience the journey to the temple. Enjoy the deer, lawns, and forest throughout - it's all simply beautiful.
5.02 weeks ago
Cool temple with hundreds of year of history. Some good angles for cool pictures and if your there just as the sun is going down you'll see one the best sunsets you'll ever see.
5.02 months ago
This shrine was lovely, it’s free but there’s more to see for a small additional fee. The room with lanterns were my favourite. We took the bus here from the train station (the tourist information centre at the train station is very helpful). You will also see deer on your way which made the experience more enjoyable!
5.0a month ago
Beautiful shrine park. There are so many stone lanterns here you just cannot count them all. Doing so would certainly be considered a holy deed, though, so don't let me keep you.