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Kasuga Grand Shrine

Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
+81 742-22-7788
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Ranked #8 of 66 attractions in Nara
Type: Historic Sites
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St.Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

You'll share your visit with thousands of tame, friendly deer but this beautiful mountain setting is stunning and very much worth seeing. There are thousands of stone lanterns. You WILL want to have good walking shoes at this place is on a mountain side and the stone trails are un-even. But it is spectacular and well worth visiting, especially as... More

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Maryborough, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We really loved this place!, 3000 stone lanterns is pretty spectacular!! We were there as they were preparing the lanterns to be lit for a special ceremony. They often have to redo the paper as the deer eat it. They are also other areas with different copper lanterns. Would recommend a visit. Read some of the other reviews the renos... More

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Denver, Colorado
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We were in Japan for work, but were lucky enough to make a trip to Nara on New Year's Day. First, the whole town is beautiful, but this Shrine was the highlight of our day. When we arrived, we realized it was packed with people, as Japanese visit temples and shrines as a New Year tradition. We were able to... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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60 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I would not recommend visiting here, until it's fixed up. The local guides at Nara Station encourage you to visit here as it's the largest shrine in Nara - however they don't mention it's under renovation. They should tell you! It's quite a walk from Nigatsudo Temple (about 20-30 mins on foot) and it might very well be a beautiful... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
13 reviews 13 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The main building was under restoration, not much to see except the surrounding gates. Cute deer figures for fortune telling. To see the building, maybe an hour or less. The rituals held from Dec 15 to 18 each year is worth a visit. Went there to see the parade on Dec 17, and stayed for the traditional dance in the... More

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Okinawa, Japan
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27 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

In the evening, we visited the lanterns with very few people on the grounds. It was peaceful and eerily quiet, like stepping back in time. Highly recommend a visit in the evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Kasuga Taisha is quite large with hundreds if not thousands of stone lanterns, which apparently they get lit and the effect is brilliant. Unfortunately this was not the case for our visit, still there is plenty to explore here. The only problem……if there was one, is the large tour groups and their flag waving guides. Try to avoid these especially... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Starting to circle Nara or following the walking path, kasuga Taisha Shrine (free entrance) is a short walk after the 3 stories Pagoda, through the Nara Park; and for us the beautiful one. (2.9 km from the JR Nara Station) Long before, you will start to come across beautiful lanterns one after one, solo, in pair on in a nice... More

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Sydney, Australia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

took about 1 hour, but we did not feel that long, as on sanjodori st, there are lots of small shops which will stop you, found a very nice postcard and post office too, so took the chance to send one out. kasuga taisha shrine is free, only a small fee for enter inner part of shrine, we did not... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Kaisuga Taisha was supposed to be a bonus on top of all MUST SEE attractions Nara had to offer - in the end it turned out to be the ONE i was looking for! Quite a vast area to explore so prepare yourself for a long walk (inlc. way back to the station / town centre). Definitely worth every minute... More

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