Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kasuga Grand Shrine @ Nara, Japan

Kasuga Grand Shrine which is located in the city of Nara is registered as UNESCO World Heritage site. This Shinto shrine is famous for its hundreds of stone and bronze lanterns. The lanterns are donated by the worshippers. The area surrounding Kasuga shrine is mountainous and there is deer park near by. You will be able to see many deers roam freely around the shrine. kasuga shrine offers great view especially during autumn times with among the best autumn foliage view in Nara. This has been featured in Lonely Planet article.

Walk way to Kasuga Shrine. The path is aligned with hundreds of stone lanterns. These lanterns will only be light up twice a year during Setsubun Mantoro (February 2–4) and Obon Mantoro (August 14–15).

Main entrance to Kasuga shrine.

Kasuga Taisha is UNESCO World Heritage site.

Historic stone lanterns.

The stone lanterns are mostly decorated uniquely as it is donated by worshippers.

Autumn season in Kasuga shrine with hundreds of lanterns.

Famous stone lanterns in Kasuga shrine.

Autumn leafs with many stone lanterns.

Stone lanterns in Kasuga shrine.

Smaller enclaves.


Kasuga shrine corridor.

Bronze lanterns.

List of contributors to the shrine.

Warning about deer in Nara park. Please take care and respectful to the animal and scared site here.

GPS/Coordinate: 34.681460, 135.848443
Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan.
Public transport: Kasuga Taisha is located in the east of Nara Park. It is about a 30 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station, or a 45 minute walk from JR Nara Station.


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