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 months 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.
4.0in the last week
I've been here several times, but the latest is in Oct 2020. It's nowhere as busy as when the international tourists can visit. The forest surrounding it already makes this place quite peaceful, but it's even more so nowadays.
I like the path leading into this shrine. It is quite a walk, but it's mostly flat. If you have mobility issues or cannot walk longer than 10-15 minutes in one go, plus a few steps at the end, I would forego this attraction.
5.0a week ago
A peaceful shrine next to Kasugayama Primeval Forest. We visited in the late afternoon and it was rather quiet. Will defintely return in the future to give us more time to look around.
5.0a week ago
A bit further than most sights in Nara but definitely worth the visit. Don't forget to take a look inside the dark chamber!
5.0a month ago
One of the oldest shrine in Nara, not sure which one is older if compared to Todai-ji, both are stunning in their on way, one being a shrine and the other a temple. Kasuga-taisha is located quite in the far end of the park. Not the furthest one, but still enough for an exercise. The shrine surroundings of stone lanterns covered with moss enchants the atmosphere more as if you're in a far away land.
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