Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kasuga Grand Shrine
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  • Ron
    Savannah, Georgia1,579 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Shinto Shrine
    Quite a walk from park entrance and the train station. Challenging on a hot and humid August day. Still, worth a visit. Don’t expect to see big statues as this is Shinto shrine, not Buddhist temple.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Martina1888
    Inverness, United Kingdom507 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kasuga Grand Shrine
    The path that leads you to this picturesque shrine is lined with stone lanterns. There's a fee if you want to enter the inner shrine but it's definitely worth it. Watch out for the impressive trees inside the shrine complex. One even goes through a roof. If you walk around the area, you'll find lots of smaller shrines.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 October 2023
  • Wood77
    Los Angeles, California3,287 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Restful surroundings
    Kasugataisha Shrine in Nara is a distinguished shrine with 3,000 donated lanterns, demonstrating how widely and deeply worshipped the shrine is. The shrine was built around 700 AD and rebuilt several times over the centuries. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine. There is a massive cedar tree, estimated to be 800-1000 year old, considered divine and sacred, in front of the temple. Very peaceful experience especially with the gentle pitter patter rain falling during our visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Irini Lin
    Belfast, United Kingdom96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely shrine
    it has become my favourite shrine in Japan. There are still a lot of visitors of course but much fewer than those popular Kyoto destinations. The shrine itself is very impressive and it was rather amazing to see that tree that's 1000 years old. I would not recommend the museum for it's very small and all the introduction was written in Japanese.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 April 2024
  • chowso
    Gloucester, United Kingdom1,758 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lantern lover's paradise
    If you are in Nara it's definitely worth visiting this shrine. The lanterns are fantastic and so plentiful. There is an indoor area with lit lanterns which is really spectacular. It wasn't as crowded as some of the other Nara areas, but there were still a lot of people (not enough to ruin the experience though).
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2024
  • MomRocco
    Chicago, Illinois538 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Go During Golden Week - Crowds are enormous
    This shrine is a showstopper! It is in excellent condition and was worth the walk to get to see it. The Deer of Nara are also in evidence around the grounds and will pester you until you relent and give them some of the deer biscuits that are sold nearby. There are warning signs everywhere about the deer and instruct you not to try to touch them as they will butt, kick, bite, and knock you over. The day we were there it was particularly hot, humid, and crowded.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2024
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Irini Lin
Belfast, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
it has become my favourite shrine in Japan. There are still a lot of visitors of course but much fewer than those popular Kyoto destinations. The shrine itself is very impressive and it was rather amazing to see that tree that's 1000 years old. I would not recommend the museum for it's very small and all the introduction was written in Japanese.
Written 27 April 2024
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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Kasuga Taisha is more than a shrine, it’s a mysterious world that involves forest, pathways, lanterns, and semi-wild deer. Founded in 768, Kasuga Taisha is a part of the Nara-Koen Park and is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The shrine is famous for its 3000 stone lanterns that line the pathways. It's situated in Nara Park. We paid for the all day pass and too, the bus to the shrine from the train station. We didn't go inside but were very happy to expore the grounds. It very calm and peaceful and worth the visit.
Written 16 April 2022
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MomRocco
Chicago, IL538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This shrine is a showstopper! It is in excellent condition and was worth the walk to get to see it. The Deer of Nara are also in evidence around the grounds and will pester you until you relent and give them some of the deer biscuits that are sold nearby. There are warning signs everywhere about the deer and instruct you not to try to touch them as they will butt, kick, bite, and knock you over. The day we were there it was particularly hot, humid, and crowded.
Written 30 May 2024
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany7,202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
First info upfront - we didn't actually go into the Shrine (paid entry), as we already had a sort of temple / shrine overkill and noticed that even the most significant places didn't give us the joy anymore that they normally would - Nara does that to you. It's like watching churches in Rome, at some point you're just fed up. Still the walk to Kasuga is one worth taking. It leads through a calm wood and is paved with lanterns along the way for what feels like miles. Really special sight and atmosphere to take in and thus definitely worth the stroll, at least!
Written 19 May 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,957 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The Kasuga Grand Shrine is not to be missed when visiting Nara Park. This Shrine was a bit of a walk through the park, but there is so much beauty within the park, I didn't mind the walk. I believe there was an entrance fee for this shrine. There is a route to follow within the shrine. I loved the lanterns everywhere, there was even a dark room with shining lanterns inside. I loved the nature around and within the shrine. The moss covered trees added to the beauty. I loved this shrine!
Written 20 January 2022
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Wood77
Los Angeles, CA3,287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Kasugataisha Shrine in Nara is a distinguished shrine with 3,000 donated lanterns, demonstrating how widely and deeply worshipped the shrine is. The shrine was built around 700 AD and rebuilt several times over the centuries. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine. There is a massive cedar tree, estimated to be 800-1000 year old, considered divine and sacred, in front of the temple. Very peaceful experience especially with the gentle pitter patter rain falling during our visit.
Written 19 February 2024
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BLT1991
Toano, VA771 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The local bus can bring you right to the shrine. The bus is a lot like a trolly and there are two companies. One is 220 yen per ride the other is 100 yen per ride. Otherwise, it’s a bit of a walk up through the park. For a few extra yen you can go further into the shrine which was well worth it. You can walk among the hundreds of lanterns. They have a special darkened room set aside with mirrored walls that will show you what it looks like when the lanterns are lit at night. Despite the darkness, it still makes a good picture. Check out the giant cedar tree (over a 1000 years old) and wisteria vine. Apparently, they appeared in a picture scroll that was completed in 1308 AD…crazy. 
Written 16 May 2023
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Love to Travel
Potters Bar, UK798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I loved the walk up to the shrine passing all the stone lamps.
Very atmospheric
Slightly less busy than Todai-ji
If you are into plants and gardens, you can pay to enter Kasuga Taishi Gardens, 400 yen. Where you can enjoy the gardens (mid April and the Wisteria was out) and exotic af the other end of the gardens closer to the shrine.
Written 18 April 2023
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK507 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The path that leads you to this picturesque shrine is lined with stone lanterns. There's a fee if you want to enter the inner shrine but it's definitely worth it. Watch out for the impressive trees inside the shrine complex. One even goes through a roof. If you walk around the area, you'll find lots of smaller shrines.
Written 26 October 2023
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Daniel Setiawan
South Tangerang, Indonesia169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This shrine is famous for their thousand lantern. Very beautiful shrine complex and can also experience lantern in the dark room. Outside the shrine there are huge area. You should allocate a lot of time if you want to explore the whole area.
Written 1 March 2020
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