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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5.02 weeks 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.
5.02 months ago
So beautiful! Deers all over the area covering the shrine. You can even feed the deer for the cost of 150 yen which is a lovely way to get some unique pictures. There is a loop bus that travels around Nara which also stops at this shrine and many other main tourists spots within the city. The shrine is beautiful and I believe it’s a must see if you are in the area.
4.0a month ago
Sacred temple, those randomly wandering deers makes this one more special
5.04 months ago
Visited this Shinto Shrine in late April 2018. You can quickly see why the Japanese revere this place. It's at the foot of forested mountain that is considered sacred - a place where various Shinto spirits have resided for ages. Gentle deer roam around the place, and streams and little canals run through it.The architecture of the buildings is distinctive, and the hundreds of stone lanterns lining the walkways are very impressive. What differentiates a place like this from most other ancient sites that date back to the 700's is that it is still being used for worship, just as it was back then. People still go to the site to ask for divine assistance, just like they did 1300 years ago. Perhaps an ancient church or mosque in the Middle East is comparable. Anyway, our visit was further enhanced by our timing - we got there just when the purple wisteria was in full bloom. It was quite a sight. The Manyo Botanical Garden, which is part of the Kasuga shrine, was simply spectacular. But this wisteria bloom lasts only 3 weeks, and each year can be a little different in timing (in April and May for sure, but which 3 weeks? Nobody can predict until a couple weeks in advance).
5.06 months ago
2000 Stone Lanterns you say? 2000 stone lanterns I repeat. YESSSS 2000 of the best stone lanterns you will ever see in your life.
This was quite possibly my favourite destination in Japan. Nara a city filled with deer, roaming the city like the owned the place. (They do) But the lanterns here somewhere deep in the park was just another level.
You walk, and walk, and walk, and the lanterns seem endless, but there is something about this place that makes you quiver in awe, I can't say I know the history or why there are all these stone lanterns, but if you are ever in Japan, or Nara, you really cannot miss this place. Deer might appear in between the lanterns, its just an awesome experience.
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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