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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara

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Founded in 768, Kasuga Grand Shrine represents a World Heritage Site famous for its bronze and stone lanterns. Visit the offering hall of this Nara attraction for free, or explore the inner area and its architecture for a fee. Designed in the Kasuga-zukuri architectural style, the temple complex boasts a botanical garden surrounded by a primeval forest, also listed as a World Heritage Site. Enjoy the beautiful grounds and view the temple's noteworthy interior during your visit. PutKasuga Grand Shrine into our Nara itinerary website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • (Trip was made back then on 21 Nov 2019, 2 years before the Covid-19 Pandemic hit) Nestled deep within Nara Park lies Kasuga Taisha Shrine, which is the most celebrated shrine in Nara and is considered one of the most sacred sites in Japan. It feels so otherworldly when you first step foot onto its compound, where numerous stone lanterns first great you. Over 3000 stone lanterns have been donated by worshippers. As you approach the main building, you’ll be greeted by hundreds of beautifully designed bronze lanterns. Hence, it is no surprise that the shrine is famous for its lanterns, and known for its lantern festival, where the all the lanterns will be lit up after sunset. Sadly the lantern festival only takes place twice a year, early February and mid-August, and I was here in November for their autumn season. Nevertheless, it was still a great experience and there was even a dark room lit with lanterns to give visitors a glimpse of how the the Lantern Festival would have looked like. Definitely worth the effort and one of the highlights in Nara. Would love to return and experience its Lantern Festival when we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic (and when travelling is allowed again).
  • Shinto shrine with a ton of stone lanterns on its path. The deer are not as aggressive compared to the center of Nara Park.

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