Kasuga Taisha

Kasuga Taisha

Kasuga Taisha

Kasuga Taisha

Outline of Kasuga Taisha

Kasuga Taisha Shrine was founded in the 8th century by the Fujiwara family and used to be completely rebuilt every 20 years, according to Shinto tradition, until the end of the 14th century. The meaning of this tradition is to keep the place where Kami or Shinto god lives always clean and fresh. It is located at the foot of the hill in a pleasant and lush environment populated by herds of sacred deer waiting for someone to feed them.

Kasuga Taisha
Hanging lanterns of Kasuga Taisha, Nara

The entrances to the sanctuary are flanked by thousands of stone lanterns, and there are many hanging bronze lanterns in the sanctuary itself. The festival of the lanterns, which is held twice a year, is very popular. All the lanterns are lit at night which make really beautiful atmosphere. In 1998, it was designated as a World Heritage Site.

Information

Access:

From Kasugataisha-Honden or Kasugataisha-Omotesando bus stop

Entrance fee:

Main Sanctuary: 500yen

(You can walk freely except the Main Sanctuary)

Hours:

March to October: From 6:30 to 17:30

From November to February: From  7:00 to 17:00

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