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“Surrounded by thousands of lanterns, deep within ancient forest”

Kasuga Grand Shrine
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Private Kyoto and Nara Tour with a Photographer
Ranked #5 of 179 things to do in Nara
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“Surrounded by thousands of lanterns, deep within ancient forest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

If you visit Kasuga Taisha shrine after Todaiji temple, you will pass Wakakusayama and go through an ancient forest. The trees look like they've been there forever and the forest has an enchanted, perhaps even mildly eerie feel to it.

The pathway is lined by stone lanterns, some covered in moss. There are well over a thousand of them in total and they are lighted up on special occasions. It must be tedious work lighting up all those lanterns, but I would love to see what the place would look like with the lanterns lit. I imagine it would be fantastic.

Like other Shinto shrines, Kasuga Taisha is painted in bright vermillion, a shocking contrast to the earthy colours of its forest home. There are more lanterns here, hanging along the sides of the building, made of metal with intricate designs and some with inscriptions. The shrine has been in existence for over a millennium; and together with the nearby temples, signify the importance of religion to the Japanese people throughout history and well into the future.

There was a traditional wedding ceremony being held and I am very glad that I got to witness it because this isn't something you get to see everyday. Did not venture into the paid areas as suggested by my guide, however I did offer a donation and a prayer.

Visited May 2013
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“Amazing Experiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

Kasuga Shrine is one of the biggest shinto shrines in Nara, notice the amazing lanterns all over the pathway. Also, don't miss out the shrine staff with flowers on their heads working around the area.

Visited May 2013
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“Enormously impressive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

This big shrine in the old capital, Nara, is very impressive and beautiful. All details of the shrine are extremely well captented and give an perfect impression. Very japanese and very spiritual. Not only tourists come here but also a lot of japanese and school children.

Visited May 2012
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“Another un-missable site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

The grand shrines of Nara are among the group of very places/structures that are very special, spiritual. Wonderful building with very picturesque lanterns galore.

Visited April 2013
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“Thousands of stone lanterns”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

Our first stop in Nara Park so we could see the thousands of stone lanterns. These lanterns line the paths up to the shrine & have been donated by Japanese people as tokens of faith & thankfulness. Be sure to explore the rest of the park afterwards & feed the deer!

Visited April 2013
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