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Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara 630-8212, Nara Prefecture
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Full of lanterns

Route full of lanterns leading to the shrines and some deer that walk around. Makes for beautiful photos. Again, the site requires a couple of hours to appreciate

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Route full of lanterns leading to the shrines and some deer that walk around. Makes for beautiful photos. Again, the site requires a couple of hours to appreciate

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Check the timing and make sure you visit on the two days a year the 3000 lanterns are lit, breathtaking!

Thank HandOfGuido
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wasn't crowded but still have some people stopped by. Beautiful architecture and color with some spots to take beautiful pictures with.

Thank Tawan U
Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Must see site in Nara. One of the main shrines, very beautiful. First part is for free, until the first hall. Afterwards payment is necessary.

Thank JD D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

So many lanterns! Between the friendly deer and beautiful scenery this is a place to visit in Nara. Loved all the different shapes and color of all the lanterns - really beautiful

Thank Kasia Z
Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Visiting in the New Year period, I saw the numbers of people paying their very important first visit of the year. The shrine itself is set in hilly woodland which makes it a natural and restful place, closely associated with Nature.

Thank Lois H
Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

It could be one of the most beautiful walk during holy season, when all the lights are on. A the park is huge, full of tame deers. We were unlucky with heavy rain, so could hardly see anything.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Kasuga Grand Shrine or Kasuga Taisha has a long uphill walkway with gorgeous stone lanterns. At the end of the path is the shrine. We visited after seeing the very crowded Nara Park and it was quiet and peaceful.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Many stone lanterns along the wide path to this site which are lit up when it gets dark. Can be hard for those who cannot walk a little bit of distance. There is a small number of side by side food stalls enroute for a little snack. The shrine is very popular and you are led to enter and exit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Beautiful shrine famous for its lanterns, there are so many, some with different patterns, and there is also a special dark room with them to see how beautiful it can be when they are lighted..

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