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Kasuga Taisha Shrine春日大社

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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.

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place Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 160
phone 0742227788

Review of Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Reviewed:2018/12/01 AnOther UNESCO Heritage Site
Another amazing UNESCO Heritage site to visit in Nara. Nara is easily accessible via train either from Kyoto or from Osaka. Enjoy the free running deers and also this Kasuga Taisha shrine. Beautiful...
Reviewed:2018/11/29 100's of bronze and stone lanterns
Another beautiful Shinto shrine with the vermillion tori gates, to ward off evil. This complex has 100's of stone and bronze lanterns which have been donated by worshippers since 8th century. At...
Reviewed:2018/11/25 1000 Lanterns
We visited this site s part our our tour with Celebrity cruises. It is a very serene and beautiful place, although the day we were there it was quite busy. The stone lanterns line the pathway up to...

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Address

Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 160 [map]

Phone

0742227788

Hours
[Apr.-Sep.]6:00-18:00
[Oct.-Mar.]6:30-17:00
Fees
[Admission fee to worship]
[main shrine special worship] firstfruits fee 500 yen
[national treasure hall] yen General500, university students/High School Students300 yen, Junior High School Students/Elementary School Students200 yen
[Man'yo Botanical Gardens] Adults500 yen, Children250 Circle
Parking Lot
Available

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Access

    There is no Bus Stop nearby.
    There is no IC nearby.

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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.

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