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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5.03 weeks 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!
5.02 weeks ago
Amazing shrine, great photos ops, we were led in by our tour guide and received a pretty good run down on the history of the place. Apparently you can’t go in the actual building as that is reserved for the gods.
4.0a month ago
Amazing world heritage site. Lots of stone lanterns. You see some deers as well. The shrine is beautiful and peaceful
5.04 months ago
Amazing and huge. Underrated. I wish i had more time to visit. It is extremely authentic and old, and has a very ancient feel to it. Please visit this shrine if you have a chance, you will not regret it.
5.05 months ago
Fascinating ancient shrine with amazing history and striking visuals. There is a lot to see outside of the main buildings but it's worth the admission charge to enter and see the interior. Please don't be a tourist jerk and take photos in the no-photography area; it's so easy to be polite and respectful. Be sure to catch the darkened hall of lit lanterns to get an idea of what the lantern festival is like and what the shrine would have looked like in ages past.
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