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Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara 630-8212, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-22-7788
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Unique due to the lanterns

Though we were very tired, I just had to go to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine as I had images of the lanterns that I had seen online that I just had to see! It was a rainy day and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Hyderabad, India
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We traveled in the morning from Kyoto by train. In Nara We visited Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine (walking distance one from the other). This Shrine ias one of the best in our trip to Japan. This Shrine is beautiful. If you are in Kyoto, you must visit Nara for a day a visit both (Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Though we were very tired, I just had to go to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine as I had images of the lanterns that I had seen online that I just had to see! It was a rainy day and the effect of the lanterns lined up along the path was truly worth the extra effort we put in. For photographers... More 

Thank Chetna1973
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Quite a few of the people seem not to have bothered going inside which is understandable as there main shrines seems to be blocked up, but there does seem to be repair work going on around some part of the temple. However, like the trek up and around the paths to the shrine between all the stone lanterns, there is... More 

Thank inkaradise
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You gain free access to the front building, but have to pay to enter the inner areas of the compound. There are lots and lots of metal lanterns hanging throughout the temple. Towards the front of the compound are two sets of large drums.

Thank Sarakit C
Guangzhou, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After touring Todaiji temple, we continued our walking tour to the Kasuga Grand Shrine. It is Nara's most celebrated shrine. It was established when Nara chosen as the capital of Japan and dedicated to the deity who protects the city. The outer area is free of charge and the inner area is charged at 500 yen. This shrine is well-known... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I went to Kasuga Shrine it was virtually empty. I don't know why, there were barely any visitors and I had the place mostly to myself. I doubt such an experience is normal or might even be repeated, but it was something else. It gave the shrine an eerie, sometimes almost spectral feel even though it was plain day,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stone lanterns line the path to this temple, and the Nara deer can be found hiding in between them, poking their heads out if they suspect you have biscuits for them. We were fortunate to have our Japanese friends with us, telling us the story of the lanterns. Apparently they have a special ceremony in August where they place candles... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We entered most of the temples in Nara. They were all worth going into. This one is much more limited in terms of what to see inside. However, the big attraction here are the two access paths leading up the hill to the shrine - both paths bordered with stone lanterns on pillars lining the pathways. Amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a really nice walk through the gardens to the shrine which has lots of lanterns and is a really nice place not at all busy when we visited

Thank swift314
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A pleasant walk through a large garden ends at this shrine. It seems to be the shrine of lanterns as I have never seen so many on display at one shrine. Well worth the walk in for a visit.

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