Kasuga - Taisha

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8212, Japan
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +81-742227788
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Family And Kids

Kasuga - Taisha - Review

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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TripHobo Highlights for Kasuga - Taisha

  • Kasuga - Taisha Address: 160 Kasuganocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8212, Japan
  • Kasuga - Taisha Contact Number: +81-742227788
  • Kasuga - Taisha Timing: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Kasuga - Taisha Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Kasuga - Taisha(preferred time): 06:30 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Kasuga - Taisha: 01:30 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Kasuga - Taisha

  • 62.93% of people who visit Nara include Kasuga - Taisha in their plan

  • 34.53% of people start their Kasuga - Taisha visit around 06 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Kasuga - Taisha

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

80.14% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kasuga - Taisha

People normally club together Todai Ji and Nara Park while planning their visit to Kasuga - Taisha.

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  • 2000 Stone Lanterns you say? 2000 stone lanterns I repeat. YESSSS 2000 of the best stone lanterns you will ever see in your life. This was quite possibly my favourite destination in Japan. Nara a city filled with deer, roaming the city like the owned the place. (They do) But the lanterns here somewhere deep in the park was just another level. You walk, and walk, and walk, and the lanterns seem endless, but there is something about this place that makes you quiver in awe, I can't say I know the history or why there are all these stone lanterns, but if you are ever in Japan, or Nara, you really cannot miss this place. Deer might appear in between the lanterns, its just an awesome experience. This review is not doing this place justice

  • Visited this Shinto Shrine in late April 2018. You can quickly see why the Japanese revere this place. It's at the foot of forested mountain that is considered sacred - a place where various Shinto spirits have resided for ages. Gentle deer roam around the place, and streams and little canals run through it.The architecture of the buildings is distinctive, and the hundreds of stone lanterns lining the walkways are very impressive. What differentiates a place like this from most other ancient sites that date back to the 700's is that it is still being used for worship, just as it was back then. People still go to the site to ask for divine assistance, just like they did 1300 years ago. Perhaps an ancient church or mosque in the Middle East is comparable. Anyway, our visit was further enhanced by our timing - we got there just when the purple wisteria was in full bloom. It was quite a sight. The Manyo Botanical Garden, which is part of the Kasuga shrine, was simply spectacular. But this wisteria bloom lasts only 3 weeks, and each year can be a little different in timing (in April and May for sure, but which 3 weeks? Nobody can predict until a couple weeks in advance).

  • Thousands lantaran shrine. If you do not pray here, it may not worth to buy the admission ticket since the inside route is short, and not many things to see. Most of the building looks new. You can see the lanterns from the outside and still take a good picture, except the darkroom with many lanterns

  • Very nice looking temple. Can walk around 70% for free. There is a section that requires an entrance fee. We didn't do it because we were running short on time. This is as far east in the park as we went. There are some cafes and places to eat but if you are on a budget, grab some snacks at the train station before heading this way.

  • Kasuga Grand Shrine which is located in the city of Nara is registered as UNESCO World Heritage site. This Shinto shrine is famous for its hundreds of stone and bronze lanterns. The lanterns are donated by the worshippers. The area surrounding Kasuga shrine is mountainous and there is deer park near by. You will be able to see many deers roam freely around the shrine. kasuga shrine offers great view especially during autumn times with among the best autumn foliage view in Nara.

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