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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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$126*
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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

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Thousands of lanterns!

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

At the end of that park, is the famous Kasuga Taisha Shrine. I headed up a long graveled path surrounded by old stone lanterns on both sides. There’s about 2,000 of them. The eaves of the temple roof have about 1,000 bronze lanterns hanging from them. This temple is another quick visit, but it’s the path to the temple which... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The shrine was kinda okay. A bit small for my liking but seeing the numerous lanterns after the second torii gate was quite a view. The view of the entrance with the weeping cherry blossom was quite a view though m

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We didn't go inside as there was an event on, but this place is beautiful to walk around due to the thousands of old moss covered stone lanterns. Just remember to take your deer crackers!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a lovely place, it feels atmospheric and old as the lanterns are moss covered and there are deer wandering around, although not in the same numbers as the nearby Todaiji Temple. It is really atmospheric and a lovely shrine

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We did not feel the need to pay and enter the shrine itself. There are thousands of beautiful stone lanterns to explore all around the shrine with deer roaming the pathways. This forest of moss covered concrete is quite magical and provides wonderful pictures. A collection of the hanging lanterns can be seen immediately inside the shrine entrance without paying... More 

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Miri, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We proceeded there after visiting Todaiji Temple through pathway along wooded area. It was a cooling walk under the trees as it was early spring. Nearing the shrine, pathways are lined with stone lanterns. On entering the inner complex after paying entrance fee, will notice plenty of bronze lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Do enter a dark hall to witness... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Most memorable part of this temple was the rows of concrete lanterns flanking the sides of the pathway leading to the main temple building. On certain times of the year they would have the lights festival. The spectacle of some 3000 lighted lanterns were definitely an attraction. I visited on the 5th of feb 2015 and was 2 days late.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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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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