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Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara 630-8212, Nara Prefecture
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If you're walking from Todai-ji, it requires some navigation but you will wander upon some really nice surprises along the way. Very opulent architecture but what stands out are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the first shrine we visited in Nara and we were a bit disappointed. Path to there is nice all the stone lanterns and deer, but the shrine is pretty average.

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Singapore River, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're walking from Todai-ji, it requires some navigation but you will wander upon some really nice surprises along the way. Very opulent architecture but what stands out are the endless avenues of stone lanterns.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited at the wrong time. There was ceremony on and half the temple was closed off or shrouded from view. I love this place having been often in the past 20 years. But this time very disappointed, not helped by (unusually) aggressive security guard. I know how good this place can be so dont let me out you off.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this shrine as it is not far from the Todai-ji Temple - our first stop on our Nara sight-seeing visit. I was intrigued by the pictures of bells, lanterns and rows of pillars that I saw online, as well as the bright orange paint that is prevalent throughout the shrine buildings. The highlight of the visit was not... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nov 15 is Shichi-Go-San, a traditional rite of passage, when Japanese children aged 3, boys aged 5, and girls aged 7, go to Shinto Shrines to pray for good health and growth. The little kids all dress up in kimonos. In addition, the 5-year-old boys wear the hakama, a special skirt worn by samurais, while the 7-year-old girls wear the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. We followed everyone around the walking path like a pilgrimage or penance walk. The path takes you through so any stupa pillars covered in moss as well as all the hanging bells of different colors. We had no idea what we were supposed to do but the slow walk either felt like a funeral march or it was quite... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Renovations were just completed on the shrine. Shrine was interesting but I wouldn't put it on a must see list - unless you're on the package tour with the Temple. About 3000 stone lanterns of varying sizes around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The pathway leading to this shrine is flanked by numerous stone lanterns like sentries as you walk through to the shrine itself where thousands of bronze lanterns are hung in the corridors and buildings. The lanterns both stone and bronze total over 3000 all donated as thanks by worshippers. The buildings are painted vermillion which is very attractive. You can... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a temple that have a lot of lanterns of stone in the street and in the temple there more. The day we went people were cleaning and some parts were closed. There is a coffee in the entrance that sells "amazake", it's a kind of drink made from the rice but it don't have alcohol, it's sweet and taste... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kasuga Grand Shrine is a must see in Nara Park, it is a beautiful orange temple complex with lanterns. Schoolchildren did ''interviews'' asking basically where you came from and asked you to indicate that on a world map.

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