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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5.04 months ago
Beautiful place to spend a day in Nara. The forest is gorgeous and the deer are super friendly!! Lots of nice walking trails in and around this shrine as well. Make sure you're aware and respectful of where photos are permitted and where they are not.
5.06 months ago
Famous for its many lanterns donated by worshippers. You walk past rows of stone lanterns on your way to and from the shrine, and hundreds of bronze lanterns are hung from the buildings inside.
There is a dark chamber with mirror walls inside the inner shrine area where many lanterns are lit (artificial lights). You walk inside and find yourself in the endless sea of the soft glowing lanterns.
4.07 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).
5.05 months ago
This is definitely one of my favourite places in Japan, I felt really serene walking through the rows of stone lanterns. It’s also a really picture worthy place to visit and less crowded than the other shrines I’ve visited.
5.0a month ago
We reached Kasuga-taisha shrine春日大社, walked along the beautiful long red corridor to the south gate. We didn't buy tickets to enter but make wishes and asked an 御守り for Diane. We walked south and saw several shrines. It's mysterious to see deer among stone lamps only showing part of their body. These free souls fit the sacred atmosphere very much. We requested an ema in Meotodaikokusha shrine夫婦大国社 for our long and happy marriage. We moved upward and saw more shrines as well, including one which workers were renewing it with new wooded parts.
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