World Heritage: Kasuga Taisha Shrine4.8
This shrine was built in the 8th century and lies at the southeastern fringes of Nara Park. Thousands stone lanterns stand along the long approach leading to the shrine and hundreds bronze lanterns are hanging from around the buildings. These lanterns, all donated by worshipers, are lit twice during the Lantern Festivals in February and August.
Until the 19th century, this shrine had been completely rebuild every 20 years according to Shinto tradition. The roaming deer, considered sacred messengers of the Shinto gods, welcome you on the approach, and the deer-shaped omikuji (fortune slips) can be a good souvenir. Occasionally Shinto-style weddings are taking place in the precincts.
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 39.3km) 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.
Spot Reviews (3)
If you visit this shrine in the deep mountain with lots of stone lanterns donated by people across Japan, the sights will remain long in your memory.
If you visit this shrine in the deep mountain with lots of stone lanterns donated by people across Japan, the sights will remain long in your memory.Read moreClose
Situated at a hill-side with old Japanese cypress trees and cidars, this place really has sacred atmosphere. You sill like it together with lots of lovely deer
Situated at a hill-side with old Japanese cypress trees and cidars, this place really has sacred atmosphere. You sill like it together with lots of lovely deerRead moreClose