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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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Enchanting walk to the shrine in the rain

I wasn't able to actually enter the shrine due to the rain but the walk was incredible nonetheless. I was able to see rows upon rows of lanterns and lush forest which was only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I wasn't able to actually enter the shrine due to the rain but the walk was incredible nonetheless. I was able to see rows upon rows of lanterns and lush forest which was only made more beautiful by the rain. I would recommend this shrine to any tourists.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

To me, the path to the shrine was more enjoyable than the shrine itself. A walk in the forest in the morning was relaxing.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I love this Shinto shrine because the walk up is beautiful and shaded and lined with stone lanterns. The lanterns are covered with moss and blend in beautifully with the environment. There are crowds but it's also possible to find quiet areas. I think it's a must-see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

A pretty shrine, quite picturesque, with a long pathway of stone lanterns and quite beautiful gardens with deer. During the weekends these pathways are lined with families having a picnic and undertaking paintings with their children - really lovely to see. During festivals these 2000 or stone lanterns are all lit, must be quite a site

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

the stone laterns, the ancient forest, the deers. one can either snatch some good photos and hurry away, or stay for a whole day in the green environment

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

If you're in Nara, it is worth seeing, but it won't take you long. You can't take pictures, but the shrine is pretty. We were here with a tour, and it didn't stop here for long.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Found in Nara park. The walk to this temple is promising since it is lined by hundreds of stone lanterns. On entering the place itself we were not overly impressed and somehow expected more. Yes the lanterns are metal and quite intricate but route accessible to visitors is short. On looking at the brochure we concluded that we must have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

I was expecting a lot more. It's set in a wooded area with a pathway of lanterns leading up to the shrine. Is not as impressive as many of the other shrines and temples in Japan but pleasant enough. The presence of the tame sacred deer all over the site made it kind of special. I still enjoyed the visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Kasuga Taisha is Nara's most celebrated shrine with its iconic lantern from stone lantern to modern paper lantern along the path to the temple/shrine. It was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. It is located in hill side, and prepare for some minor hiking because... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The Kasuga shinto shrine itself is pretty, mostly blocked off to tourists as it is still very much functional. The Geisha/Maiko staff do not like their photos being taken, so don't try. The pathway lined with lanterns is very beautiful and worth a look. There are many more shrines surrounding this main shrine. I wouldn't visit here just for the... More 

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