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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5.02 months ago
Amazing and huge. Underrated. I wish i had more time to visit. It is extremely authentic and old, and has a very ancient feel to it. Please visit this shrine if you have a chance, you will not regret it.
5.03 months ago
Fascinating ancient shrine with amazing history and striking visuals. There is a lot to see outside of the main buildings but it's worth the admission charge to enter and see the interior. Please don't be a tourist jerk and take photos in the no-photography area; it's so easy to be polite and respectful. Be sure to catch the darkened hall of lit lanterns to get an idea of what the lantern festival is like and what the shrine would have looked like in ages past.
5.0a month ago
This shrine is breath taking! What a beautiful area! It looks as if art and nature intertwined. Amazing place!
5.0a week ago
Beautiful place, looks renovated, the bright colors make this place surreal.
There’s a museum in the entrance, don’t miss it, it’s not crowded and has an interesting exhibition of the Samurais.
5.0a month ago
Beautiful. Hundreds of lamps. There's a dark room with all the lamps on that is amazing. A peaceful place