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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5.0a month ago
I happened to wander into this place as I was exploring Nara Park. It felt more sacred than other Shinto shrines that I had visited before, and I can’t explain why. It’s one of the less frequented by tourists, and maybe that’s why I was able to feel a difference here. Definitely worth a visit.
5.02 months ago
So beautiful! Deers all over the area covering the shrine. You can even feed the deer for the cost of 150 yen which is a lovely way to get some unique pictures. There is a loop bus that travels around Nara which also stops at this shrine and many other main tourists spots within the city. The shrine is beautiful and I believe it’s a must see if you are in the area.
5.0in the last week
Amazing 8th century Shinto Shrine. Make sure to hit the dark room in the back with the lit lanterns.
4.0a week ago
Go see the golden lanterns and the 100 year old tree. Just prepare for a long walk
3.02 weeks ago
Decent discovery. Not a must see.
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