Kasuga Taisha Shrine which is Nara Shrine on behalf of Japan.
It has the history more than 1,200 years, and is the head temple of the Kasuga Shinto shrine which are built in 1,000 places in Japan.
Above all, 3, 000 number of garden lanterns displayed in Kasuga Taisha Shrine is said to be the biggest number in Japan
Kasuga Taisha Shrine is designated as Michelin green guide ★★ and World Heritage Site: ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara’.
- World Heritage ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara’
- About Kasuga Taisha Shrine
- Highlights of Kasuga Taisha Shrine
- Goshuin of Kasuga Taisha Shrine
- How to get to Kasuga Taisha Shrine
8 places of temples, shrines and Special Natural Monument of Nara are designated as ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara’.
Kasuga Grand Shrine (春日大社 Kasuga-taisha) is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara, in Nara Prefecture, Japan. Established in 768 AD and rebuilt several times over the centuries, it is the shrine of the Fujiwara family. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine.
The architectural style Kasuga-zukuri takes its name from Kasuga Shrine’s honden (sanctuary).
Kasuga Shrine, and the Kasugayama Primeval Forest near it, are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”.
The path to Kasuga Shrine passes through Deer Park. In Deer Park, deer are able to roam freely and are believed to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods that inhabit the shrine and surrounding mountainous terrain. Kasuga Shrine and the deer have been featured in several paintings and works of art of the Nambokucho Period. Over three thousand stone lanterns line the way. The Man’yo Botanical Garden, Nara is adjacent to the shrine.
Because the site of Kasuga Taisha Shrine is very large, there is a lot of highlight.
Admission fee：500 yen
Shinto ritual which is called “万燈籠(Mantourou)” is performed on August 14, August 15 and The Last Day of Winter (Setsubun). Because all garden lanterns are lighted in the day of “万灯篭(Mantourou)”, it is very beautiful.
My recommended highlight of Kasuga Taisha Shrine is ･･･
・An approach to a shrine where there is the history
・A cinnabar red shrine buildings
・A lot of garden lanterns
・藤浪之屋(Fujinaminoya)*Reproduction of 万燈籠(Mantourou)
There is the place that reproduced “万燈籠(Mantourou)” called “藤波之屋(Fujinaminoya)” in the back of the main shrine.
Let’s go and worship without forgetting it because the entrance of 藤波之屋(Fujinaminoya) is hard to find.
・MAP of Kasuga Taisha Shrine
・Sightseeing map of Nara
Nearest station of Kasuga Taisha Shrine is the Kintetsu Nara Line Kintetsu-Nara Station.
■Kintetsu-Nara Station → Kasuga Taisha Shrine
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