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Kasuga Taisha Shrine (春日大社)

This is a Shinto shrine located in Nara City. Kasuga Taisha Shrine is the grand head shrine of approximately 1,000 Kasuga shrines nationwide. The origins to the shrine lie in the early days of the Nara period, when Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto from Kashima-jingu Shrine was enshrined at Mt. Mikasa. The main shrine of the Kasuga structure which is a National Treasure has four buildings lined up, and in addition to the majestic and splendid south Gate and middle gate, there are many things such as fine and industrial art objects which have been designated as Important Cultural Properties. The Bantoro Festival (Lantern Festival) event is held on the day of Setsubun (Bean throwing night) and on the 14th and 15th of August when around 3,000 stone lanterns and hanging lanterns are lit with fire, and many worshipers come to look at this magical sight.


Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 160 (NaraArea)

phone 0742227788

[Mar.-Oct.] 6:30-17:30 [Nov.-Feb.] 7:00-17:00 [Special visit in front of the main shrine] 9:00-16:00

Review of Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Reviewed:2021/01/16 A bit crowded
Kasuga Grand Shrine is a must to visit. However it can get too crowded during the day. The area is so beautiful especially during autumn. I recommend to visit this place early morning for good photos.
Reviewed:2020/05/19 Lanterns, all the way down
First info upfront - we didnt actually go into the Shrine (paid entry), as we already had a sort of temple / shrine overkill and noticed that even the most significant places didnt give us the joy...
Reviewed:2020/03/26 Magical Shrine
Kasuga Taisha looks magical, especially in rainy weather:I was there twice, and both times it was rainy there. During such weather there is not so many people visiting, as they probably does not...

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Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 160 [map]
[Mar.-Oct.] 6:30-17:30 [Nov.-Feb.] 7:00-17:00 [Special visit in front of the main shrine] 9:00-16:00
open everyday [In front of the main shrine (Sunday special worship is not possible)] Around 3/8-3/13, 12/20-1/7, Adult Sunday
[Special worship in front of the main hall] [Hatsuho fee] 500yen [National treasure hall] [General] 500yen [Unior high school students] 300yen [Junior high school students/Elementary school students] 200yen [Manyo Botanical Garden] [Adult] 500yen [Children] 250yen
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Not available
Available (Available only in the parking space)
Available(nara free wi-fi)
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Nara Areas


          With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of "traditional Japan." The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture's treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains' Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.