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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5.09 months ago
Situated deep within the forest area it is a good and serene Shinto shrine. Come here for the peace of mind.
4.010 months ago
Beautiful place to spend one full day...having to walk around the whole park and feeding the deers with rice crackers was a pleasant experience..you can visit the museum and the shrines in the park as well...
4.02 months ago
Beautiful shrine, best in the winter as the lantern are lighted on by 17h00. Still good for a walk in nonetheless
5.08 months ago
The most enlightened temple of Japan? Founded in 768 by the mighty Fujiwara clan, the "Temple of the Lanterns" is dedicated to four kami: Ame no koyane, Himegami, Futsunushi no mikoto, and Takemikazuchi no mikoto, combined known as the Kasuga Daimyōjin. The interior of the shrine is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine. Whichever way you walk to the temple, your route will always be flanked by a total of 3,000 stone lanterns. The best (and also teh most busy) times to visit the Kasuga Tiasha shrine is during one of the Mantoro (Ten-thousand Lantern) Festivals, Setsubun Mantoro (February 3) and Chugen Mantoro (August 14–15), when the lanterns are lit up. So enlighten yourself!
5.09 months ago
It's 1st time to go Nara, It's Beautiful place
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