As the site of Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Mount Kasuga is a sacred mountain, and as such, for over 1,000 years, the felling of trees from its forests has been forbidden. Because of this, ancient evergreen oaks and beech trees grow here in this virgin forest of evergreens and deciduous trees. The depths of this forest are dark even during the daytime, and are home to such rare creatures as the forest green tree frog, the hime-haru cicada, and the clouded salamander. In 1955, the forest was nationally designated as a special natural momument, and in 1998 was registered as a World Heritage Site.
|Access||JR/Kintetsu Nara Station: 5 minute walk from "Kasuga Taisha Hon-den" bus stop on the bus to Kasuga Taisha Shrine Main Hall (Hon-den).|
Japanese restaurant KIKUSUI
406-1 Zoshichou, Nara City 630-8587
Nara Prefectural Museum of Art
10-6 Noborioji-cho, Nara 630-8213