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Kasuga Grand Shrine

Kasuga Grand Shrine

"The Shrine lies in a primeval forest of cedars and a kind of Chinese black pines. The brilliant vermillon edifices are beautifully contrasted with their surrounding greenery. Going through the first and second Torii gates, you can see a lot of stone lanterns standing on both sides of the approach to the shrine. Going on further, you will find the south gate on the left. The main hall is located among trees behind the gate. From the gate a corridor extends to the left and to the right. A great number of lanterns hung from the eaves of the corridor are producing an elegant atmosphere.

In the 3rd year of the Wado era (710), when the capital was transferred to Nara, Fujiwara-no-Fuhito celebrated a mass for tutelary deities of the Fujiwara family, which is considered to be the origin of this shrine. In the 2nd year of the Jingo-Keiun era (768), shrine buildings started to be constructed here. Just like the Kofuku-ji Temple,shrine buildings were added, along with the prosperity of the Fujiwara family. In the first half of the Heian period (794-1192), shrine buildings were completed on the same scale as they are today. After the Middle Ages, the belief was prevalent among commoners, which is shown by the fact that various-shaped hanging lanterns and stone lanterns known as ""Mantoro"" were mostly the donations from common people.

The tutelary deities enshrined here are Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto from Kashima of Ibaraki Prefecture, Futsunushi-no-Mikoto from Katori of Chiba Prefecture, Amenokoyane-no-Mikoto and Himegami from Hiraoka of Osaka Prefecture.

(10 minutes' walk from the bus stop Kasuga Taisha Omote Sando of Loop Line Bus of the city)"

Basic Information

Address 160 Kasugano-cho, Nara City 630-8212
Access 8 minutes by bus from JR Nara and Kintetsu Nara Stations. Immediately in front of the last stop on the bus to "Kasuga Taisha Honden." Alternatively, 8 minutes on the city loop bus. Walk ten minutes from "Kasuga Taisha Omotesando" bus stop.
Inquiries Tel: +81-742-22-7788 Fax: 0742-27-2114
Website 春日大社ホームページwww.kasugataisha.or.jp/
Closed on Treasure Hall: Closed except during three annual special exhibitions.

Kasuga Taisha Shrine Manyo Botancial Garden
March-November: Always open
December-February: Closed on Mondays (Should national holidays fall on a Monday, the garden will be closed the following day)
Parking Space for 100 vehicles.
Parking fee for cars: 1,000 yen
Parking fee for buses: 2,500 yen

Entrance Fee

Price (Individual) Visitors are permitted to move freely about the temple grounds.
Main Hall (""Hon-den"") Entrance Fee: 500 yen
Treasure House Entrance Fee:
400 yen (adults)
300 yen (university students)
300 yen (high school students)
200 yen (junior high school students)
200 yen (elementary school students)
Kasuga Taisha Shrine Manyo Botanical Garden Entrance Fee:
500 yen (adults)
250 yen (elementary school students)
Price (Group) Group fees apply to groups of 20 or more.
Treasure House Entrance Fee:
400 yen (adults)
320 yen (university students)
240 yen (high school students)
240 yen (junior high school students)
160 yen (elementary school students)
Kasuga Taisha Shrine Manyo Botanical Garden Entrance Fee:
400 yen (adults)
200 yen (children)
Other Audio information
Annual lectures are held from January to March with the title of, ""Studying the Traditions of Japan as a Shrine Maiden.
Hours of Operation Opening Hours:
April-September: 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
October-March: 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Treasure Hall:
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last entry at 4:30 p.m.)

Kasuga Taisha Shrine Manyo Botanical Garden
March-October: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Doors close at 5:00 p.m.)
November-February: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Doors close at 4:30 p.m.)

Sightseeing

Events Rice-transplanting Festival (Rice- transplanting Shinto ritual): Mar.15 11:00~
TAKIGI-NOH(Firelight Noh): the 3 rd Friday and Saturday of May
Mantoro: February Setsubun 18:00~20:30
MAN-TORO (Ten-thousand Lantern Festival): 8月14・15日19 :00~21:30
Kasuga Wakamiya Festival: Dec. 15,16,17,18
Flower-Viewing Camellia, Japanese Andromeda, Wisteria
National Treasures 4 main buildings of shrine and others

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Area Information

Nearby Locations

Ukimi-do Pavilion

Isui-en Garden/Neiraku Museum

74 Suimon-cho, Nara 630-8208

Shoso-in

Zoshi-cho, Nara

Kofuku-ji Temple

48 Noborioji-cho, Nara City 630-8213

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Daibutsukan

奈良市高畑町250番地

Noborioji Hotel Nara

40-1 Noborioji-cho, Nara-city, Nara

NARA UGAYA GUESTHOUSE

Nara, Okukomoricho 4-1

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