Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kasuga Grand Shrine
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  • Ron
    Savannah, Georgia1,553 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Shinto Shrine
    Quite a walk from park entrance and the train station. Challenging on a hot and humid August day. Still, worth a visit. Don’t expect to see big statues as this is Shinto shrine, not Buddhist temple.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Martina1888
    Inverness, United Kingdom508 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kasuga Grand Shrine
    The path that leads you to this picturesque shrine is lined with stone lanterns. There's a fee if you want to enter the inner shrine but it's definitely worth it. Watch out for the impressive trees inside the shrine complex. One even goes through a roof. If you walk around the area, you'll find lots of smaller shrines.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 October 2023
  • Wood77
    Los Angeles, California3,259 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Restful surroundings
    Kasugataisha Shrine in Nara is a distinguished shrine with 3,000 donated lanterns, demonstrating how widely and deeply worshipped the shrine is. The shrine was built around 700 AD and rebuilt several times over the centuries. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine. There is a massive cedar tree, estimated to be 800-1000 year old, considered divine and sacred, in front of the temple. Very peaceful experience especially with the gentle pitter patter rain falling during our visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Irini Lin
    Belfast, United Kingdom96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely shrine
    it has become my favourite shrine in Japan. There are still a lot of visitors of course but much fewer than those popular Kyoto destinations. The shrine itself is very impressive and it was rather amazing to see that tree that's 1000 years old. I would not recommend the museum for it's very small and all the introduction was written in Japanese.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 April 2024
  • chowso
    Gloucester, United Kingdom1,758 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lantern lover's paradise
    If you are in Nara it's definitely worth visiting this shrine. The lanterns are fantastic and so plentiful. There is an indoor area with lit lanterns which is really spectacular. It wasn't as crowded as some of the other Nara areas, but there were still a lot of people (not enough to ruin the experience though).
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2024
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you are in Nara it's definitely worth visiting this shrine. The lanterns are fantastic and so plentiful. There is an indoor area with lit lanterns which is really spectacular. It wasn't as crowded as some of the other Nara areas, but there were still a lot of people (not enough to ruin the experience though).
Written 28 April 2024
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Irini Lin
Belfast, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
it has become my favourite shrine in Japan. There are still a lot of visitors of course but much fewer than those popular Kyoto destinations. The shrine itself is very impressive and it was rather amazing to see that tree that's 1000 years old. I would not recommend the museum for it's very small and all the introduction was written in Japanese.
Written 27 April 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,893 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was one of the nicest shrines we visited during our time in Japan, primarily because it wasn't overrun by hordes of visitors. We loved the huge trees and surrounding forest, the fabulous stone lanterns, and the peace and tranquility of the inner area of the shrine.
Written 14 April 2024
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Wood77
Los Angeles, CA3,259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Kasugataisha Shrine in Nara is a distinguished shrine with 3,000 donated lanterns, demonstrating how widely and deeply worshipped the shrine is. The shrine was built around 700 AD and rebuilt several times over the centuries. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine. There is a massive cedar tree, estimated to be 800-1000 year old, considered divine and sacred, in front of the temple. Very peaceful experience especially with the gentle pitter patter rain falling during our visit.
Written 19 February 2024
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The path that leads you to this picturesque shrine is lined with stone lanterns. There's a fee if you want to enter the inner shrine but it's definitely worth it. Watch out for the impressive trees inside the shrine complex. One even goes through a roof. If you walk around the area, you'll find lots of smaller shrines.
Written 26 October 2023
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Ron
Savannah, GA1,553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Business
Quite a walk from park entrance and the train station. Challenging on a hot and humid August day. Still, worth a visit. Don’t expect to see big statues as this is Shinto shrine, not Buddhist temple.
Written 4 September 2023
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N D
Lincolnshire, UK1,376 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a large complex which would be much better to visit in the cooler months. It was too hot for us to do it justice. We had also already seen a lot of temples and shrines and this one didn’t stand out, particularly.
Written 12 August 2023
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Erico2709
Singapore, Singapore2,396 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The walk is a good ~ 1.5km from the Nara station. Unfortunately, we went during the hot Jul summer month. Perhaps during cooler seasons, the walk would have been more pleasant. The temple and lanterns is quite a sight but to go further in, you need to pay an entry fee.
Written 22 July 2023
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BLT1991
Toano, VA773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The local bus can bring you right to the shrine. The bus is a lot like a trolly and there are two companies. One is 220 yen per ride the other is 100 yen per ride. Otherwise, it’s a bit of a walk up through the park. For a few extra yen you can go further into the shrine which was well worth it. You can walk among the hundreds of lanterns. They have a special darkened room set aside with mirrored walls that will show you what it looks like when the lanterns are lit at night. Despite the darkness, it still makes a good picture. Check out the giant cedar tree (over a 1000 years old) and wisteria vine. Apparently, they appeared in a picture scroll that was completed in 1308 AD…crazy. 
Written 16 May 2023
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Love to Travel
Potters Bar, UK803 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I loved the walk up to the shrine passing all the stone lamps.
Very atmospheric
Slightly less busy than Todai-ji
If you are into plants and gardens, you can pay to enter Kasuga Taishi Gardens, 400 yen. Where you can enjoy the gardens (mid April and the Wisteria was out) and exotic af the other end of the gardens closer to the shrine.
Written 18 April 2023
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