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.
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5.0a month ago
One of the must go places near Osaka and Kyoto.
Both very accessible from these locations.
Deer everywhere, avoid touching and feeding them or they will pester you til you have nothing in your hands.
Of course, a lot of tourists around peak season which is new years, but very enjoyable walks and views all round. You could easily spend a good half to whole day here and it would be time well spent.
5.0in the last week
Be sure to take the premium 500円 route so you can take a peek at the lantern halls! Otherwise a great visit and they even sell cute deer omikuji. A major shrine in Nara but be sure to stop by the others too!
5.0a week ago
Excellent place to visit. Would love to go again.
5.04 months ago
I happened to wander into this place as I was exploring Nara Park. It felt more sacred than other Shinto shrines that I had visited before, and I can’t explain why. It’s one of the less frequented by tourists, and maybe that’s why I was able to feel a difference here. Definitely worth a visit.
5.0a month ago
Full of tourist but recommend for a visit! Come early or off peak season! Should come during autumn have maples. Deers not afraid of people but they may attack you if you feed them deer crackers XD
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