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Kasuga-taisha Shrine in Nara



Kasuga Grand Shrine ( Kasuga-taisha)  春日大社

Kasuga Grand Shrine is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara. Established in 768 CE and rebuilt several times
over the centuries, it is the shrine of the Fujiwara family. The interior is famous for its many bronze lanterns,
as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up the shrine. The architectural style Kasuga-zukuri takes
its name from Kasuga Shrine's Honden (sanctuary). Kasuga Shrine, and the Kasugayama Primeval Forest near it,
are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The path to Kasuga Shrine passes through Deer Park.
In Deer Park, deer are able to roam freely and are believed to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods
that inhabit the shrine and surrounding mountainous terrain. Over three thousand stone lanterns line the way.
The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period. In 965, Emperor Murakami ordered
that the messengers were sent to report important events to the guardian kami ( God ) of Japan.
From 1871 through 1946, Kasuga Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-taisha, meaning that it stood
in the first rank of government-supported shrines.

Source: Wikipedia

春日大社は、中臣氏(のちの藤原氏)の氏神を祀るために768年に創設された奈良市にある神社。
神紋は「下がり藤」。全国に約1000社ある春日神社の総本社である。武甕槌命が白鹿に乗ってきたとされることから、
鹿を神使とする。ユネスコの世界遺産に登録されている。



Kasuga Grand Shrine

Deer can roam freely and are believed to be sacred messengers of the Shinto gods.

(L) Path leading up to the shrine, on that a deer walks between the row of stone lanterns. (R) Chozuya ( Temizuya )

A stairway to Kasuga Grand Shrine

Shrine maidens in Kasuga-Taisha

(L) Explanation board of Kasuga Grand Shrine (R) An old giant tree of the shrine

(L) Lanterns (M) Corridor of the shrine (R) A root of a giant sacred tree

(L) Stone lanterns (R) Ema ( wishes ) plaques of a deer

(L) Sacred tree has been cut down (M) Bronze lanterns (R) Corridors of the shrine

Corridors in the shrine complex: Bronze and gold lanterns

(L) Cedar of Iwamoto shrine: Height 23M, Circumference 7.94M. Age a thousand years (M) Kazekami shrine (R) Bronze lanterns

(L) Gold lanterns (R) Night lanterns

(L) Goshuin: akusejo (R) The wisteria in full bloom: The emblem of Kasuga Grand Shrine is downy wisteria.



Bronze lanterns

(L) A sacred tree of the Kasuga Grand Shrine (R) Torii of Wakamiya Shrine and a native forest of Mikasayama mountain

(L) Saiden of Wakamiya shrine (R) Chozuya ( Temizuya ) of Meoto-daikokusha shrine

(L) Goshuin: akusejo (M) Kinryu shrine (R) Munakata shrine

(L) A breast shrine at the Kasuga Shrine walk (R) A jewel stone of the dragon king

A walk in the native forest of the Kasuga Grand Shrine


Kofukuji Temple 興福寺


(L) Kofukuji Temple and five-storied pagoda (R) Higasgi-Kondo ( East Golden Hall)


Kofukuji is a Buddhist temple that was once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples, in the city of Nara.
The temple is the national headquarters of the Hosso school and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


興福寺は、奈良市登大路町にある、南都六宗の一つ、法相宗の大本山の寺院である。南都七大寺の一つに数えられる。
藤原氏の氏寺であり、古代から中世にかけて強大な勢力を誇った。
南円堂は西国三十三所第9番札所である。興福寺は世界遺産に登録されている。


(L) Kofukuji temple is one of the eight Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
(R) The entrance to the East Golden Hall (R) Kofukuji Temple and five-storied pagoda

A statue of Unkei at Kofukuji, Nara

Five-storied pagoda in spring time in full blossom

(L) Nanendo is the No.9 of Saigoku 33 Pilgrimage. (M) A lot of tachibana ar attached to the trees at Nanendo.
(R) Goshuin: akusejo


Shrine and temples in Nara

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春の奈良 春日大社
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This information was provided by the Smokefree Hotel and Travel.
The photographs are taken and the article was written in April 2018,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., Ph.D.




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