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’.

In addition, Todai-ji Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple are near this shrine.


  1. World Heritage ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara’ 
  2. About Kasuga Taisha Shrine
  3. Highlights of Kasuga Taisha Shrine
  4. Goshuin of Kasuga Taisha Shrine
  5. How to get to Kasuga Taisha Shrine

1.World Heritage ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara’ 

8 places of temples, shrines and Special Natural Monument of Nara are designated as ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara’.

2.About Kasuga Taisha Shrine

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.

Opening hours:8:30~16:00
Admission fee:500 yen

This is Haraido Shrine which is one of Setsumatsu sha (smaller shrines managed under the shrine).
At first you cleanse your hand here to go and worship at Kasuga Taisha Shrine. d(*゚ー゚*)

In addition, a lot of deer live in Kasuga Taisha Shrine because there is it near Nara-koen Park. (○´艸`)

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.

3.Highlights of Kasuga Taisha Shrine

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)

A lot of stone lantern baskets are put on the approach to this shrine.

About 2,000 stone lantern baskets are put on this shrine.

The stone lantern which is covered with moss.

Most garden lanterns are built by oblation from general people.

The thought of the person who did oblation on each garden lantern is put.

Kuruma-yadori wagon shed.

The south gate of Kasuga Taisha Shrine is important cultural property of this countries.

The main shrine is designated as a national treasure. This is a very beautiful cinnabar red palace. d(*゚ー゚*)

The Priestess who walks the corridor. (○´艸`)

About 1,000 hanging lanterns are displayed in this shrine.

There is the hanging lantern of various form and colors. (○´艸`)

Because there are a lot of garden lanterns that a deer was designed, please look for it. d(*゚ー゚*)

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.

The garden lanterns which appears in darkness.

4.Goshuin of Kasuga Taisha Shrine

This time, I got a time-limited Goshuin(shrine seal or stamp).
(The commemorative Goshuin of the dedication of a new shrine.)

5.How to get to Kasuga Taisha Shrine

・MAP of Kasuga Taisha Shrine

・Sightseeing map of Nara

Nearest station of Kasuga Taisha Shrine is the Kintetsu Nara Line Kintetsu-Nara Station.

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Namba)

■Route Example (From Osaka)

■Kintetsu-Nara Station → Kasuga Taisha Shrine

About 20 minutes walk.

How did you like it?

Please try to go.

Have a nice trip! XD

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