Kasuga - Taisha, Nara

Kasuga - Taisha, Nara - Address, Phone Number

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

Phone: +81-742227788

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Time Required: 01:30 Hrs

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

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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 Ticket 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 reach 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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  • A good easy climb to the shrine. The tall trees provide a serene feeling even with the volume of tourists. The deer stick to the sides but are friendly.

  • Make sure you check out the lighted lanterns room, it’s vey unique. The place is hidden in a corner. For pro photographer, bring a tripod to get the right exposure!

  • 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.

  • Lotsa Stone lanterns & deers along e pathway to e Kasuga-Taisha. Beautiful place that u can take a lot of photos & have a nice stroll around. Totally captivated by e scenery around here ~

  • Beautiful path towards the shrine and the shrine itself was amazing. Will be back again.

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