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Kasuga Grand Shrine
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This is a World Heritage site. Beginning with the Fujiwara clan in the Heian period (794 to 1185) until now 3,000 lanterns around the shrine have been donated by worshipers . Mantoro, an event in which all the lanterns are lit at once, occurs two times a year, on the nights of Setsubun (the day before the beginning of spring in Japan) in February and Obon (annual Buddhist event for commemorating one's ancestors) in August, the thousands shrine lanterns are all lit at once.
160 Kasugano-cho, Nara, Nara
・Special admission to the front of the Main Sanctuary ¥500・Man’yo Botanical GardenAdults ¥500Children ¥250
Opening hoursApril - September: 6:00-18:00October - March: 6:30-17:00Special admission to the front of the Main Sanctuary: 8:30 - 16:45Closed in the morning on the following days:- the 1st, 11th, and 21st day of each month- the Coming of Age Day in January- February 3, February 17, March 14, March 15, April 3, the third Friday of May, May 5, May 10, August 7, August 15, October 9, November 3, November 23, December 17.
Closed for a whole day:- around March 8 - March 13- around December 20 - January 7
You can enjoy their okayu (thin rice porridge) of the month, and native Japanese dishes served in an authentic ozen setting at Kasuga Ninai Jaya.
From JR Nara Station (Yamatoji Line) or Kintetsu Nara Station (Nara Line):- take a bus bound for Kasuga Taisha Honden and get off at 'Kasuga Taisha Honden' (about 10 minutes). Close to the bus stop. - take a bus for Shinai Junkan Sotomawari (City Loop Bus Outer Circle), get off at 'Kasuga Taisha Omote Sando' (about 10 minutes), and walk about 10 minutes.
Walk for about 25 minutes from the Nara Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line.
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