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About Kasuga - Taisha, Nara

Claimed to be one of the best Shinto shrines in Japan, the Kasuga Taisha or the Kasuga Grand Shrine was originally the royal shrine of the powerful Fujiwara family and was founded in the year 768. As per Shinto concepts of purity, the temple was torn down and rebuilt every 20 years in its original form until 1863. The shrine features vermilion coloured pillars and houses an astounding 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. These lanterns were donated over the years by common people as tokens of faith and thankfulness. They are lit during Lantern festivals. Located a short walk from the Kasuga Shrine main complex is the Kasuga Taisha Shinen Manyo Botanical Garden. The garden displays about 250 kinds of plants. The shrine grounds also contain a Treasure House which displays the shrine's relics.

Kasuga - Taisha Tickets Prices

  • Inner area of Kasuga Taisha- ¥500
  • Botanical Garden- ¥500
  • Treasure House- ¥400

Kasuga - Taisha Opening and Closing Hours

Kasuga – Taisha

  • April to September- 6 a.m to 6 p.m.
  • October to March- 6.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m.

Botanical Garden

  • March to November- 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
  • December to February- 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • Closed on Mondays in the months from December to February.

Treasure House

  • 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

How To Get To Kasuga - Taisha by Public Transport

  • Kintetsu Nara Station
  • JR Nara Station
  • Kasuga Taisha Honden bus stop

Restaurants Near Kasuga - Taisha

  • Small eateries present within the temple premises.

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Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8212, Japan

Phone: +81-742227788

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Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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Share your experience - Rate Kasuga - Taisha, Nara

  • My wife and I were here for the first time in early April, 2015, although we had been to Nara with packaged tours previously. The Nara Park is huge and it is desirable to take a bus to the faraway point you want to go and then walk back to your nearest point to leave. When we revisited Nara in May 2017 with a rented car, we did not bother to visit it again.

  • I did not manage to enter the inner compound because I arrived too late. But it looked very lovely from the outside. Nice vermillion orange. There is a nice corridor along the side which serves as a good phototaking spot. This shrine is near Todaiji Temple (walk for about 10 minutes maybe) so if you have if time, you can visit. If I remember correctly, it is JPY500 for entry.

  • Came here while in Nara park. A good place to visit. Trip to the shrine was fun too.

  • A beautiful shrine in the middle of a beautiful forest. It takes some effort to get here, but it's worth it.

  • A historic shrine that is surrounded by serene forest. Quite a chore to reach here, but being taken away from the city and into the forest surrounded by moss grown shrines is quite an experience. Be prepared for some walking.

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