Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine) Tours and Activities
Located in the city of Nara, a day trip’s distance from Osaka, the Kasuga Taisha (Kasuga Grand Shrine) dates back to theyear 768, when its construction was ordered by Emperor Shotoku. In the centuries since, it hasbeen rebuilt several times.
This celebrated Nara shrine is most famous for the series of giant stone lanterns that line thepaths toward its entrance. They are lit twice each year during the biannual lantern festivals inearly spring and early autumn. Hundreds more bronze lanterns, many donated by templeworshippers, hang within the buildings of the complex.
The Shinto shrine complex is part of the UNESCO-listed Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara,and the path leading up to it winds through Nara Park, where it’s sometimes possible to spot deerroaming freely.