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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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Upon review of places to visit, due to limited time, I must choose where to go first so I briefly read up on this place. It indicated a 500 yen admission but didn't see where... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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189 reviews 189 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Upon review of places to visit, due to limited time, I must choose where to go first so I briefly read up on this place. It indicated a 500 yen admission but didn't see where to pay. From Tenno ji station it's 470 yen one way and 30 minutes. At the Nara station go straight west about 3 kms. On... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The temple is beautiful! On the way up, the path is lined with stone lanterns, which is nice. There’s a large sand/gravel area by the entrance of the temple that looks like the zen rock gardens. There are lanterns hung along the walkways and all over the temple that are really pretty. But the most beautiful room is the lantern... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

My LP said this was free but there is now a 500Y charge. If you like your temples this is sufficiently different to the others you see in Nara Park to look around otherwise it's probably not worth it. Still worth walking around the outside and seeing the vast number of stone lanterns (great spot for deer/temple pics as well... More 

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Alice Springs, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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