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Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Countless stone lanterns line the paths at this 1300-year-old World Heritage Site.

Kasuga Taisha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Japan's most important Shinto shrines. The shrine is known for its stone lanterns that line the pathways, bronze lanterns that hang on the buildings, and the distinct Kasuga style of architecture.

Access from lodge

3 hours

Access by public transportation

Kasuga Taisha Honden Bus Stop

History of Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Kasuga Taisha (春日大社) was established the same time as the ancient capital in Nara, and dedicated to deities responsible for protection of the city. It is also the site of the Fujiwara clan, which held great power throughout the Nara (710-794) and Heian (794-1185) Period.

The shrine has a tradition of systematically repairing the buildings every 20 years, in a ceremony known as “Shikinen Zotai”. As a result the place still stands beautiful and serene.

What is special in Kasuga Taisha Shrine?

The most recognizable scene in Kasuga Taisha Shrine is the stone lanterns that line the paths. These lanterns, which number over 3000, were made with donations from the shrine’s worshippers, a reminder of the wide respect Kasuga Taisha has. The lanterns are usually not lit, except on annual Lantern Festivals.

The shrine is located on the east side of Nara Park, so you can walk here after Todaiji and Mount Wakakusa.

For further information, please access the official website:

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