Kasuga - Taisha, Nara

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
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Family And Kids
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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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Things to Know Before Visiting Kasuga - Taisha

  • 8.66% of people who visit Nara include Kasuga - Taisha in their plan

  • 29.25% of people plan their visit to Kasuga - Taisha between 10 AM - 11 AM

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

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

79.67% 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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Kasuga - Taisha, Nara Reviews

  • I gave it 5 stars because of the experience. We went on New Years Eve night. There were stalls everywhere on the way to the shrine. It was super crowded as New Year approaches, but people were queuing up to get into the shrine in a very orderly manner. I'll never forget this experience.

  • Very pretty. Not too far from the station, a nice walk too. You can walk around the outer area for free, but must pay a small fee to enter the inner shrine. Lots of lanterns everywhere and a few deer too.

  • 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.

  • One of the most sacred shrine in the history of Shinto. Definitely a must visit place in Nara.

  • 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!

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