Kasuga Grand Shrine

Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara

Kasuga Grand Shrine
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Lance Kerwin
Tromso, Norway614 contributions
A bit crowded
Feb 2020
Kasuga Grand Shrine is a must to visit. However it can get too crowded during the day. The area is so beautiful especially during autumn. I recommend to visit this place early morning for good photos.
Written 16 January 2021
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,784 contributions
Lanterns, all the way down
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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Piotr S
Krakow, Poland242 contributions
Magical Shrine
Mar 2020
Kasuga Taisha looks magical, especially in rainy weather: I was there twice, and both times it was rainy there. During such weather there is not so many people visiting, as they probably does not want to go there from Todai-Ji temple (10 minutes walking distance) so it is possible to admire the shrine without crowds. The most recognizable in this shrine there are three objects: hundreds of lanterns (stone, bronze, gold plated), and two trees: wisteria in the shrine courtyard being about 700 years old and giant cedar at the age of about 1000 years. This calm and peaceful place is absolutely worth to visit. Remember that this shrine is about 1300 years old!
Written 26 March 2020
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Daniel Setiawan
South Tangerang, Indonesia170 contributions
Shrine of Lantern
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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Francis M
Isle of Skye, UK88 contributions
A large scale complex
Jan 2020
This is a much visited shrine for the Japanese people, I was here on the weekend following New Year and the queues were substantial. Much writing and hanging up of wishes, so a glimpse into what makes a culture tick.
Written 27 February 2020
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Geeess
Rome, Italy2,196 contributions
Top attraction
Dec 2019
This is reached by taking along walk or a short trek through the forested areas of Nara. there are local buses which also go there. Cars are difficult to park there.

Kasuga Taisha is Nara's most celebrated shrine. It was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. It was also the shrine of the Fujiwara, Japan's most powerful family clan during most of the Nara and Heian Periods. Like the Ise Shrines, Kasuga Taisha had been periodically rebuilt every 20 years for many centuries. Beyond the shrine's offering hall, which can be visited free of charge, there is a paid inner area which provides a closer view of the shrine's inner buildings. Furthest in is the main sanctuary, containing multiple shrine buildings that display the distinctive Kasuga style of shrine architecture, characterized by a sloping roof extending over the front of the building
Written 9 February 2020
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ShiningSchnee
Hong Kong, China1,967 contributions
Lovely and grand shrine in the forest
Feb 2020
The shrine itself was attractive, and the forest trail to the shrine was even more attractive. Deers roam around the forest and on the trail so you’d see lots of them on the way. They were accustomed to the pilgrims. Once you get to the shrine there is a reception for visitors to buy charms and prayer boards.
Written 8 February 2020
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA536 contributions
Exceptional shrine even you have seen many in Kyoto
Sep 2019
When we went to Kashuga Taisha, we didn’t have much expectations and only went there as it showed on Google’s list of “things to do in Nara”. However I’d say now if there was only thing you could do in Nara apart from feeding the deers, go to Kasuga Taisha. It is slightly far from the JR Station so you will need to use some sort of public transport. We used Google Maps to catch bus 77 from near Kofukuji Temple and get down at Stop # 10 for 100 yen each.

From the moment of entering the temple complex, we were amazed at the beautiful lanterns as they paved the entrance till we see the majestic orange tori gates. Then starts the trail of the majestic orange buildings lined along the lanterns, with a constant stream of tori gates as it feels magical to walk through them. There are lots of photo shoot places here too. As you walk along, this leads you to a dark room just illuminated with lanterns and it looks magical. Once you exit, you can see deers hiding among the moss-covered lanterns making for beautiful views and pictures. You can follow the trail back to Todai-ji or take a bus.

Overall it’s the best attraction in Nara and I’d strongly recommend it. The gates are not as majestic as Fushimi Inari, but it definitely has it’s own charm.
Written 7 January 2020
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terrythy
Bristol, UK236 contributions
Lovely temple in a lovely forest setting
Nov 2019
This temple is not on everyone's list, but it's situation surrounded by forest makes it special. The complex is easily reached in the South East of Nara Park, only maybe 15 minutes walk from Todaiji Temple if you're coming from the North along paths through the forest.
However, with an overnight stop in Nara, it makes a wonderful morning walk either side of breakfast. Paths wind through and around this Shrine complex where few people have the time to explore. Paths from Nara allow you to see the deer before they've had time to put their begging faces on, and other paths lead you past hundreds of moss-dotted stone lanterns, and others around the contours of Mt Wakakusa and even back down into Nara.
Written 22 December 2019
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indylau00
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia36 contributions
Good walk with great view
Dec 2019 • Family
It was a good stroll after a heavy breakfast and family time enjoying the scenery and deers along the way. Among the best temples and not to miss.
Written 14 December 2019
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