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Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara 630-8212, Nara Prefecture
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+81 742-22-7788
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Deer sanctuary, one of a kind

Honestly after visiting so many shrines in Japan they all started to look similar to me but this one is the best. Deer rule this shrine and it's awesome. It seems like all the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Honestly after visiting so many shrines in Japan they all started to look similar to me but this one is the best. Deer rule this shrine and it's awesome. It seems like all the deer on the vast land of the shrine have become habituated to human contact and are very friendly and intelligent. All the deers have had their... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A Shinto shrine in Nara with hundreds of stone and hanging lanterns. Note some of the lanterns are in disrepair as the deer seem to enjoy eating the paper on the lanterns. A UNESCO site.

Thank David B
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Another beautiful shrine with hundreds of stone lanterns that meander through the site. Further lucked-out and saw a huge pergola with the wisteria in full bloom overhead. Truly memorable.

Thank TexasTraveler62
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The scarlet-crimson Kasuga Taisha Shrine, along with the primeval forest located behind it are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the “Historic Ancient Monuments of Nara”. Because is it located in near proximity to the Deer Park, you can find many deer roaming around freely; these deer are considered sacred, believed to be messengers of the gods. The shrine is... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Live everything in Nara park, this temple is so beautiful. The stone lanterns are the main attraction, there are so many of them. Also the canfor tree is very impressive. Can get crowded so visit early.

Thank Robert K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It takes about 10 mins walk from the bus stop to reach the shrine. It is a nice peaceful route towards the shrine. Do come early if you don't want to see too many people. We paid for the entrance and it was well worth the money. The shrine is so tranquil and peaceful. It is so nicely coloured in... More 

Thank VinceVW
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped here as part of a long day touring Kyoto and Nara. We thought that the gate was interesting and there were many lanterns lining the paths. At the time of our visit the paths were shady and cool. The shrine itself was a basic structure. There was a charge to see the inner areas although... More 

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although we saw quite a few shrines during our visit to Jaoan, this one has it's special feature- the 3,000 stone lamps.

Thank Danny S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love Japanese lanterns and this was our favourite shrine/temple during our 15 days in Japan. Simply amazing with unbelievable photo opportunities. A must do as a part of a visit to Nara Park

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like most of the shrines in Kyoto Kasuga is beautiful in of itself, as well as the grounds. It makes for a peaceful time walking the grounds.

Thank Olli S

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