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Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Address: Nara, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-22-7788
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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

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Light the Lanterns

Stone lanterns everywhere. Again, I was lucky with my timing. During Obon (August 15th-ish) they light the lanterns. It's a great walk--with about 10,000 other people.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Further 15 min walk after the magnificent Todai ji Temple takes you to the best Shinto Shrine of Nara, the Kasuga. You'll notice that you're approaching it when you spot thousands of stone and bronze lanterns all around you. These were donated by people from all over Japan. The Shrine itself looks like any other, but those lanterns make it... More 

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Exton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Impressive ShinTo shrine. However, I found more interesting shrines in Kobe and Kyoto. In any case, out of the many temples in Nara, I would recommend This one and Todai-Ji.

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McLean, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Certainly walk up the hill to this large Shinto Shrine, unless you're strapped for time in Nara, in which case you should concentrate on the treasures found at Kofukuji and Todaiji.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Stone lanterns everywhere. Again, I was lucky with my timing. During Obon (August 15th-ish) they light the lanterns. It's a great walk--with about 10,000 other people.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Tough act to follow after the Todaiji Temple. A long steady climb to this temple. Unique feature is the hundreds of lanterns and the deer against a treed background. Unfortunately I had run out of deer food by this point. Not sure if the lanterns are lit at night, but if they are, this would be an amazing sight at... More 

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Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Kasuga Taisha Shrine is the largest Shinto shrine in Nara of the once powerful Fujiwara clan. Hence, it's well established and famed for the 2,000 stone lanterns laid outside the main shrine precinct and a further 1,000 bronze lanterns inside. However, if architecture and lanterns do not excite you, you may find it a dull walk. Tip: Do not miss... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This place is a little bit out of the way in Nara park, but definitely worth the walk. You'll see plenty of stuff along the way and the surroundings of the Shrine is fantastic. Filled with deer, cool trees, and stone lanterns. If you want to see the shrine itself... Get ready to wait a while..

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We were on a tour and stopped at this shrine with us being a little doubtful as to going up the hill as it was raining at the time. Umbrellas up,we went up the wide pathways to be amazed at the vast number of stone lanterns lining the pathway. Very beautiful with the lanterns covered in moss. Great atmospheric photos... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and worth the visit. This shrine was established in 768 by a local aristocrat who built it as a guardian to his family and provide peace for the capital (Nara, at the time). At the entrance are statues that combine a dog and tiger. Since tigers were not native to Japan, the dog... More 

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South Hamilton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I really enjoyed the lanterns and the porch of the shrine. The walk up to the shrine was enjoyable and good exercize. I recommend visiting here if you go to Nara.

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