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Kasuga Grand Shrine

160 Kasuganocho, Nara 630-8212, Nara Prefecture
+81 742-22-7788
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
160 Kasuganocho, Nara 630-8212, Nara Prefecture
+81 742-22-7788
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Reviewed 5 days ago

While the walk up to the temple is beautiful with its path lined with stone lanterns that are actually donations, and the tree cover overhead, it is quite a climb so wear comfortable shoes. If you have knee issues, it's probably better to skip this...More

Thank Sarah Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

I almost skipped this place because too much walking had toll on my feet. Glad I went there. Covered by trees makes it cooler than other places in Nara. The stone lanterns lines up along the pathway. I guess it will be very beautiful in...More

Thank J G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very traditional temple with people in priestess outfits. Aged stone lanterns line the path up to the temple.

Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you are in Nara you have to visit this place. Dare I say we thought it was even more beautiful situated than the Todaiji temple....But I think that was mainly because of the surrounding woods which make for a beautiful atmosphere.

Thank Erik M
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Ok, it IS touristy but hey, you won't see this anywhere else. We were on a Wednesday in July, so not too many people. Thousands of lanterns, wherever you look!! Really impressive!

Thank Marquitoz
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Kasuga taisha is one of the most unique temple in Japan by its lanterns from old to new, stone to iron. Atmosphere is really authentic which covers you from the moment of you've entered till exit.

1  Thank Se0ulist
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Most paths through Nara seem to end up here, where back roads and buses also take you into the park. Kasuga Taisha shrine of the Fujiwara, houses 3,000 lanterns in the main and auxiliary shrines, Wakamiya being one of them. A lot of anything is...More

1  Thank Vincent Q
Reviewed 4 July 2017

If you're interested in a trek through the countryside, get yourself a copy of "The Northern Extension of the Yamanobe no Michi" from Amazon and start at this temple or the nearby Shin Yakushi ji temple. There is also an old samurai trail to Yagyo...More

Thank RichardBoise
Reviewed 3 July 2017

My early intention was to have a walk around the park. As early 6.30am, there's hardly anyone there. Then came one Japanese lady, want to lead me to this shrine. I couldn't say no the nice looking grandma, so I follow her. The walk up...More

Thank Lulu_21xx
Reviewed 24 June 2017

This shrine is a bit of a walk (it's located in a different area to some of the other main temples in Nara Park), but the lanterns are lovely and it's worth a look.

Thank Amy B
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Response from 491dean | Reviewed this property |
Appologies, I am not aware of this ritual.
Varda E
22 February 2015|
Response from 福澤紬 | Reviewed this property |
この日に行われる! 和舞と東遊「やまとまいとあずまあそび」とよみます。 神楽や舞楽などの芸能が奉納される内容の説明を・・・学芸員の方を交えてされるのだと思いますよ! 「おん祭などの奉納される和舞や東遊その歴史の特徴の紹介などをして下さると思います! 時間は・・・受付が午後1時30分に受付開始と書いて有りました。 2時から6時まで 申し込みはFAX、TEL でお願いします! 日本の伝統芸能で神社などで神様達に奉納されて来たものの一つに成ります!日... More
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