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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5.0a week ago
Many different paths - wide and narrow - take you through this traditional temple complex. You will definitely see lanterns and bells, and possibly groups of people in traditional costume.
Great for photography; look out for bells naturally decorated in moss. Yet another great place to see when visiting Nara.
4.09 months 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).
5.06 months ago
Quite a walk to reach this point. Would recommend taking the bus front Nara station.
Very strict opening and closing times. Also seem to vary.
Deer in the park are friendly and bow
5.05 months ago
Totally stunning place. Worth the trip to Nara. Also, still full of deer 🦌
5.05 months ago
Absolutely stunning temple, definitely have to go there when in Nara park.
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