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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5.08 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.
4.06 months ago
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 month ago
Beautiful shrine with all the lanterns. Walking up you are greeted with Nara deer which actually bow for deer crackers. It’s worth the extra ¥500 for viewing more of the lanterns on the right side entrance.
5.03 months ago
Situated deep within the forest area it is a good and serene Shinto shrine. Come here for the peace of mind.
4.05 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...
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