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Kasuga Grand Shrine

Address: Nara, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-22-7788
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Ranked #7 of 85 Attractions in Nara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Alice Springs, Australia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Enjoyable Shrine and seeing the lanterns was nice. I could only imagine what it would look like at night when all of them are burning. Even though I enjoyed it, it is not one that I could say is fabulous as I had seen so many beautiful shrines throughout Japan. Do take the time to look around though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

It was the first of January (Japan's New Year) so we have decided to visit Nara to see and feel how Japanese celebrates their new year in a traditional way. We took the bus from JR Nara Station and got off near the Nara Park, then walked to the Temple. There were lots of local visitors when we arrived around... More 

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Heidelberg, Germany
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I really enjoyed this shrine. It is within the Nara Park, not too far away from the more famous Todaiji temple, and as you can visit it for free, I strongly suggest to take some time to visit it. The architecture of the shrine itself is not particularly beautiful, but I liked the nature and landscape around.

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new york
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54 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Of the big three in Nara this was by far my favorite. Much less crowded and the grounds are beautiful. Great place for photos. Shrine line the grounds and deer poke their heads through. Our group got separated and they didn't make the half mile walk up here and it was their loss for sure.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Beautiful shrine, another stunning site to check out in Nara. Not far from the deer park and absolutely amazing to behold, love the vibrancy and design - easy to see why this is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This shrine is so pretty, in the slopes of a hill, plenty of green (and Nara deer!) all around. The main building is under renovation and all covered when I went (November 2014) so I could not see the metal lanterns or the entire complex. You can still see the stone lanterns on the outer grounds, they look magical in... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is a spectacular Shinto Shrine, one of the best and most photographed shrines of this type. The walkways are lined with lanterns on both sides on the path. There are 3,000 lanterns at this location of different construction. Some all cement, some partially wooden and some metal. This makes for a very charming walk. It is also interesting that... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

After visiting Todaiji a very good option is to do the 20 odd minute lovely walk to Kasuga Taisha, another World heritage site.You can continue to mingle with deer's enroute and also take in the lovely greenary.You walk by the Botanical gardens which attract entrance fees and which we avoided.Kasuga Taisha gives you the eerie feeling.There is no entrance fees... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This shrine is worth a visit for the huge number of lanterns which line the pathways leading to it and inside the shrine itself. Numerous photo opportunites.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The majority of visitors in Nara Park are heading for the remarkable and huge Tadaiji Temple, which is of course a "must see", but we found it well worth heading through the park (charming in itself) to the Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine - a group of buildings set with the natural forest just behind, so our visit was a meander... More 

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