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Kasuga-taisha shrine

Kasuga-taishaMap around Nara ParkKasugataisha is a Shinto shrine, and is located about 1.2 km southeast of Todaiji temple.
Nara Park surrounds this shrine.

This shrine is one of 9 constructions of "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara" designated as a World Heritage Site.

It was founded in 768, and it has been the main shrine in this area.

The main shrine has four temples, and each temple has enshrined a different god.
They are surrounded with corridors. When we want to worship there, we must pay 500 yen as the offering.
Generally we worship in front of Heiden shrine out of the main shrine.

To the west of the shrine, there is Homotsuden (Treasure Hall).
It houses over 3,000 treasures, and 520 objects of them are designated as national tresures and important cultural properties.
We can see some dozens of the treasures there.
The entrance fee is 400 yen.

In the precincts, there are many small branch shrines.
Espacially, the twelve branch shrines to the south of the main shrine are popular, and it is said that you will be happy after you visit all of them.

There is Mount Kasuga (498 meters high) to the east of Kasuga-taisha.
It has been the sacred area of Kasuga-taisha, and a broad primary forest spreads.
Because logging and hunting have been prohibited in this area for more than thousand years.

How to get to here

By route bus

About 10 minutes from JR Nara station, about 4 minutes from Kintetsu Nara station.
Get off at Daibutsuden-Kasugataisha-mae stop.
If you walk from Kintetsu Nara station, it takes about 30 minutes.




Ni-no-Torr gate Nanmon gate
Photo by Koto-Roman
Heiden
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
Chumon gate to main shrine
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
A corridor
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
Temples of main shrine
Photo by Rettou-Homotsukan
Wakamiya Shrine Katsuragi Shrine
Kii Shrine Forest in Mount Kasuga

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