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“Another Nara Must-See”

Kasuga Grand Shrine
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Tokyo, Japan
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“Another Nara Must-See”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

If this shrine isn't significant to you from a cultural or religious (i.e., shinto) standpoint, you might still enjoy the serenity of the place, the novelty of seeing more lanterns that you can count, and walking through a forest of ancient trees -- that sort of thing.

This is the place where I saw ladies wearing headgear with a ball of wisteria bobbing at the front. Hoping for husbands, apparently, or so the guide explained. The ones I saw were unsmiling; I guess smiling is not required for that sort of thing.

I went here as part of the Nara Afternoon Tour provided by JTB. That helped because there aren't any signs to tell you what's going on.

I could go back, but if I'm in a hurry, visiting this place once in my life is okay.

Visited November 2012
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Beijing, China
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“Come here to see the lanterns outside”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

The walkway leading to the shrine was even more impressive to me than the shrine itself. Literally thousands of stone lanterns line the peaceful walk up a stone-lined pathway. Walking in the company of deer you'll find great peacefulness before coming to this important historical shrine.

Visited December 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Great place for a leisurely stroll”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Take time to explore as the area has many surprises; a teahouse, a very atmospheric path up to the shrine, several smaller shrines scattered along the way, and a nice walk down that takes you through a forested area.

Visited October 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Stunning Shinto Shrine”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

Set in the woods with the ever present Nara deer wandering around, this Shinto shrine is not to be missed. There a couple of thousand stone lanterns spread across this expansive wooded and moss covered hillside site..a great place to just linger and peacefully walk around for an hour or two. Apparently it's also very popular as a local wedding venue...I'm not surprised!

Visited August 2012
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Bellevue, Washington
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“Nice shrine at the end of a short hike!”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Visited with kids aged 12, 10, 9 and 3.

Shrine photographs very well! Thousands of stone and metal lanterns are fantastic!

Very pleasant short hike through the woods to get to the shrine. Deer accompanied us most of the way. In the heat of summer the shady hike was very pleasant.

Would go again and spend more time next time. The heat got to us after seeing sights all day so we rushed a little bit.

Visited August 2012
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