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160 Kasuganocho, Nara 630-8212, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed yesterday

The shrine is famous for its 3000 stone lanterns that line its approaches & bronze lanterns that hang from its buildings that are only lit twice a year during festivals in February & August.

Thank Sus C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour made a short stop here and it was worth getting of the bus for, there are almost three thousand lanterns (2/3 stone, 1/3 brass) on the grounds. The stone lanterns are along the path leading to the temple and make for some beautiful...More

Thank Cathryn C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour spent a half hour at this "Lantern Shrine" The walk to the shrine is bordered by many moss covered stone lanterns. There are more bronze lanterns at the shrine proper. Our guide told us that they are all lit twice a year during...More

Thank Ed C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful, but not distinctive shrine. If you have visited other characteristic shrines in Japan, such as Heian Shrine (平安神宮) , Tsurugaoka Hachimangu (鶴岡八幡宮), Nikko Toshogu (日光東照宮), ......etc, this one can be skipped. The must-visit temples in Nara, in my opinion, Kasuga Grand Shrine ranks...More

Thank liucy752
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our 3rd place we visited in Nara Park. It also had the least number of visitors during our visit compared to the other 2 temples. The path leading to the shrine was lined with hundreds of concrete lanterns of various shapes and sizes....More

Thank wireless_in_CA
Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

Architecture, style, color, stone and bronze lanterns, and history are some of the aspects that make a visit here worthwhile. This is Nara's most celebrated shrine dating back to the Nara Period (710-794 AD) and the Heian Period (794-1185 AD). Plenty of smaller shrines exist...More

Thank raymondmC6721ME
Reviewed 12 June 2018

How i love this temple with thousands of stone lanterns situated from entrance to the interior of the temple! :) it looks exactly like in the anime! Enjoy walking around despite the deer poo.

Thank shiu min l
Reviewed 11 June 2018

There is not much to see from the front view outside the ticketing entrance. I paid 500 yen (worth it) to enter the walking path, which is quite long though some paths are in circles. The lines of lanterns are marvelous to view at if...More

Thank Rene T
Reviewed 7 June 2018

There are so many old lanterns on the way up to this temple set in beautiful parklands and of course surrounded by deer. You can choose whether to visit just the front part of the temple or pay 500Y pp and go further in where...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

We reached the shrine via a lesser used path directly from Todai-ji Temple and then departed through Deer Park where all the stone lanterns are situated. The first thing you notice is how clean, bright and colorful the shrine complex is. The other distinguishing feature...More

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Appologies, I am not aware of this ritual.
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Response from 福澤紬 | Reviewed this property |
この日に行われる! 和舞と東遊「やまとまいとあずまあそび」とよみます。 神楽や舞楽などの芸能が奉納される内容の説明を・・・学芸員の方を交えてされるのだと思いますよ! 「おん祭などの奉納される和舞や東遊その歴史の特徴の紹介などをして下さると思います! 時間は・・・受付が午後1時30分に受付開始と書いて有りました。 2時から6時まで 申し込みはFAX、TEL でお願いします! 日本の伝統芸能で神社などで神様達に奉納されて来たものの一つに成ります!日... More
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