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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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thousands of lanterns, awe-inspiring park setting

Kasuga Taisha shrine is set deep in the tranquil parklands of Nara, Japan's oldest capital city (AD 710-794). We visited on Setsubun, a mid-winter festival held on Feb 3, in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Aomori, Japan
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Aomori, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kasuga Taisha shrine is set deep in the tranquil parklands of Nara, Japan's oldest capital city (AD 710-794). We visited on Setsubun, a mid-winter festival held on Feb 3, in order to view a special illumination of 3000 ancient stone and metal candle-lit lanterns. The effect was awe-inspiring and spiritual! The illumination also takes place on a night of Bon... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

So many different types of lanterns on the walk up to the shrine. Once you pay the small entry fee you can explor thw small grounda and experience all the small hanging lanterns. And there is one section you can see them when they are lit. Nice to see

Thank Cat_McNab
Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've walked from Nara park until I reached this shrine. First time I visited Nara I didn't have a chance to came here but I do in the second time. I'm still wondering how could I miss this place at the first time. The shrine itself is not so big but it's charming with red color of the buildings. When... More 

Thank Penguinov
Lyon, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The shrine is located in Nara park, only a few minutes' walk from Todaiji temple. It is well known for its lanterns donated by worshipers. There are hundreds of bronze lanterns hanging from the buildings. There is a dark room in the shrine (paid visit area), where you can see illuminated lanterns even during the day.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not the prime temple to visit in Nara, but the best say many people. At least a couple of really nice pathways go to it from the park. They are very beautiful and one has many moss-covered stone pillars on both sides. The temple itself has many buildings and lovely alley ways with lots of lanterns and bells. When... More 

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Furlong, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stone lanterns, bronze lanterns, paper lanterns, green ones, red ones, golden ones, black ones. A pleasant walk through the park from Todai-ji.

Thank Vladislav C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In my opinion this is the best temple in Nara. It is a small shrine but it is totally worth the visit. It is like a small maze, with a dark room, which will guide you through different rooms in order to know more of the architecture of the building. It is a really good place to visit.

Thank Raul C
Monterrey, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Considered a UNESCO SITE , the iconic feature are all the stone lanterns that lead you up to the Shrine. There are also lots of bronze lanterns which ar all lit up in special festivales at the beggining of February (2-4) or at the middle of August (14-15). Another festival is in March 13 ( approximatley) when they have traditional... More 

Thank AnaH32
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

I went here for hunting pictures, relax, enjoying the breeze, walking around the forest, feel the nature with fresh air. Really enjoying the time of me.! Kasuga Taisha is one of the world heritage of the ancient of Nara. On the way to shrine you can see a lot of stone lanterns and you can enjoying the nature with Japanese... More 

Thank Pelangi Jingga D
Phuket, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

On a dull rainy afternoon this place seemed even more special. There was a real feeling of calm and serenity all around. The stone lanterns marking the pathways are very special and I plan to visit again on one of the few days when the are lit.

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