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Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara 630-8212, Nara Prefecture
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Thousands of lanterns

The grounds around the shrine with thousands of stone lanterns all covered in moss and deer roaming about was amazing to see. It was quite busy but some of the network of paths... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The grounds around the shrine with thousands of stone lanterns all covered in moss and deer roaming about was amazing to see. It was quite busy but some of the network of paths around were quieter than others. I'm not sure if it was the time of year we went or if it always happens, but there were loads of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very peaceful shrine near the crowded Todaiji temple and Nara park, it has a route full of lanterns leading to the shrines and some deer that walk around

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the place where you can find your inner peace or meditate. Beautiful stone lanterns lining the shaded path to the entrance, sometimes "guarded" by some cute deer. Totally a must see in Nara. I particularly loved the dark room with plenty of mysterious candles in lanterns.

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Balmain, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Another impressive shrine complex, this one is perhaps best known for the large numbers of stone and bronze lanterns, donated by followers as tokens of their faith, most of which are covered in bright green moss which makes for beautiful photos. Again, the site requires a couple of hours to appreciate

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful temple. My only comment is that the entrance fee is quite high. It is very beautiful and has lots of lanterns

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful shrine with an uncountable number of stone lanterns! Pretty unique! Furthest from Nara station compared to other landmarks in Nara; would be better to include it in your route after Todaiji or Nara park.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I very much enjoyed my walk through the park and along the lanterns to get to the shrine. It's a very peaceful area, despite the large crowds - it didn't feel particularly crowded anywhere. Inside (payment required) was quite lovely and people were being let in in small groups, to be blessed and then deposit some small stones which are... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide told us that this shrine is good to marriage and everything to do with your love life and you can also get a 12 month blessing on your new car to help ensure that you don't prang it. The lanterns everywhere and the shady location make it a special place and a bit cooler on a hot day.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everyone who comes to Nara will visit the Giant Buddha of the Deer Park, so there is little chance of missing out on the Buddhist cultural heritage of Nara. A quite different thing is Kasuga Grand Shrine, a shrine set in the forested hills behind Nara. This place commemorates Shinto deities and nature spirits; in doing so, it is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there after visiting the Todaiji temple. It is just a short walk from there through the parc and it is worth it. You will be accompanied by the holy deers that stick there noses into your pockets. The shrine has a lot of impressive views with a lot of old lanterns and pretty artwork in different rooms. We... More 

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