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Kasuga Grand Shrine

Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
+81 742-22-7788
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Ranked #8 of 72 attractions in Nara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We didn't pay the fee to enter this shrine but enjoyed walking the path from Todaiji temple to this wooded area. The forested path is lined with thousands of stone lanterns covered with moss. Beautiful scenery and spotted deer roaming the forest. There were many worshippers at the shrine. Many were dressed in their formal worship attire. The bright red... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

...which are the thing to see at the shrine. A slight uphill walk from Todaiji, this is a nice, serene place to visit. The shrine itself is beautiful but not that special.

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New York City, New York, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

After seeing the Great Buddah at Todai-ji take a shady path near Kasugayama Primeval Forest lined with stone lanterns to Kasuga-taisha (Grand Shrine). The shrine itself features brass lanterns. The walk is uphill from from Todai-ji.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This shine is a must pray and seen. The way to this shine is covered with trees and laterns and very beautiful.

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Poway, California, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were very impressed with the thousands of stone lanterns leading down from the shrine into the woods. The shrine itself was brightly painted red-orange. Very beautiful!

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Ridgefield, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The thing I most remember about this shrine is the lanterns; they are everywhere and in various forms of decay. Supposedly there are 3000 and once a year they are lit....many are moss covered and very dilapidated. You can walk all around the grounds at no cost but the shrine has a fee. The shrine can be seen from the... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Lots of lantern hung around the place, apparently 3000 of them in total. No particularly interesting spot to visit, but it’s a nice place to walk around and take some photos. The deers around this area adds on to making this place magical in nature.

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Canmore, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Located in a wooded park setting. The walk to the shrine and past all the lanterns was relaxing after the hustle and bustle of the more famous shrines. We were lucky to arrive at the start of a wedding photo session and the the the ceremony at the foot of the main shrine (temple).

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

From the Todai-ji Temple, I took the back route to the Kasuga Shrine, which was very relaxing and less crowded compared to entering it through the main entrance. You'll pass by a grassy hill where people can picnic as well as a wooded area. This Shinto shrine is grand in many ways because of the fact that it's practically in... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

On wandering Nara park, you will see lots of signs pointing to the Kasuga Taisha shrine. The signs build it up to be something amazing, and it's not. It is a lovely temple but there are far better ones around Nara. The walk up to the shrine is the highlight, it is lined with stone lanterns and deer are everywhere.... More

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