春日大社   Click to listen highlighted text! 春日大社


Cost: $

Kasuga-taisha is a Shinto shrine located in Nara, Japan, and is one of the oldest and most revered shrines in the country. The shrine was established in 768 AD by the Fujiwara clan, who were one of the most powerful families in Japan at the time. The shrine is dedicated to four kami (Shinto deities) that represent the founding principles of Kasuga-taisha, and is a major pilgrimage site for followers of Shintoism.

The shrine complex consists of multiple buildings, including the main sanctuary (Honden), which houses the kami, and the Treasure Hall (Shosoin), which contains a collection of artifacts and objects related to the history of Kasuga-taisha. The buildings are constructed in the traditional Japanese architectural style, with sloping roofs and wooden beams, and are adorned with intricate carvings and decorations.

One of the most distinctive features of Kasuga-taisha is its thousands of stone lanterns that line the paths leading up to the shrine. These lanterns were donated by worshippers over the centuries, and are lit twice a year during the lantern festivals held in February and August. The lanterns create a magical atmosphere and are a testament to the enduring devotion of the shrine’s followers.

Kasuga-taisha is also famous for its resident deer, which are considered sacred in Shintoism and are believed to be messengers of the gods. The deer roam freely around the shrine complex, and visitors can feed them special deer crackers sold at the shrine’s entrance. The deer are a popular attraction and add to the unique ambiance of the shrine.

In 1998, Kasuga-taisha was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site along with other historic sites in Nara. The shrine is recognized for its cultural significance and its contribution to the preservation of traditional Japanese architecture and art. The shrine’s intricate carvings, decorative elements, and use of natural materials make it a remarkable example of Japanese craftsmanship and design.

Places Nearby

Click to listen highlighted text!