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Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara 630-8212, Nara Prefecture
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+81 742-22-7788
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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World cultural heritage

Kasuga Grand Shrine is beside Todaiji temple a symbol of Nara, and one of the highlights in this city. It is also on the list of world cultural heritage. Actually deers in Nara... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kimitaka S
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Kasuga Grand Shrine is beside Todaiji temple a symbol of Nara, and one of the highlights in this city. It is also on the list of world cultural heritage. Actually deers in Nara Park belong to this shrine, and they are considered as servants of the god.

Thank Kimitaka S
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The main shrine was closed for private ceremony. We got a glimpse of the outdoor setting that looked like a scene in an old japanese era. We had a stroll in the garden, lots of shades, this would have been a good stop for summer visit.

Thank beibeim
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Honestly after visiting so many shrines in Japan they all started to look similar to me but this one is the best. Deer rule this shrine and it's awesome. It seems like all the deer on the vast land of the shrine have become habituated to human contact and are very friendly and intelligent. All the deers have had their... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A Shinto shrine in Nara with hundreds of stone and hanging lanterns. Note some of the lanterns are in disrepair as the deer seem to enjoy eating the paper on the lanterns. A UNESCO site.

Thank David B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Another beautiful shrine with hundreds of stone lanterns that meander through the site. Further lucked-out and saw a huge pergola with the wisteria in full bloom overhead. Truly memorable.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The scarlet-crimson Kasuga Taisha Shrine, along with the primeval forest located behind it are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the “Historic Ancient Monuments of Nara”. Because is it located in near proximity to the Deer Park, you can find many deer roaming around freely; these deer are considered sacred, believed to be messengers of the gods. The shrine is... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Live everything in Nara park, this temple is so beautiful. The stone lanterns are the main attraction, there are so many of them. Also the canfor tree is very impressive. Can get crowded so visit early.

Thank Robert K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It takes about 10 mins walk from the bus stop to reach the shrine. It is a nice peaceful route towards the shrine. Do come early if you don't want to see too many people. We paid for the entrance and it was well worth the money. The shrine is so tranquil and peaceful. It is so nicely coloured in... More 

Thank VinceVW
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped here as part of a long day touring Kyoto and Nara. We thought that the gate was interesting and there were many lanterns lining the paths. At the time of our visit the paths were shady and cool. The shrine itself was a basic structure. There was a charge to see the inner areas although... More 

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although we saw quite a few shrines during our visit to Jaoan, this one has it's special feature- the 3,000 stone lamps.

Thank Danny S

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