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Kasuga Taisha Museum, Nara

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Kasuga Taisha Museum is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara, in Nara Prefecture, Japan. 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 as part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara".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. Kasuga Shrine and the deer have been featured in several paintings and works of art of the Nambokucho Period. Over three thousand stone lanterns line the way. The Man'yo Botanical Garden, Nara is adjacent to the shrine.HistoryThe shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period. In 965, Emperor Murakami ordered that Imperial messengers were sent to report important events to the guardian kami of Japan. These heihaku were initially presented to 16 shrines including the Kasuga Shrine.
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  • This new-ish museum housing the treasures of the Kasuga Taisha is located at base of the hill where Kasuga Taisha sits. The museum is rather small, but it houses a lot of interesting objects of high....  more »
  • One of the must go places near Osaka and Kyoto. Both very accessible from these locations. Deer everywhere, avoid touching and feeding them or they will pester you til you have nothing in your hands. Of course, a lot of tourists around peak season which is new years, but very enjoyable walks and views all round. You could easily spend a good half to whole day here and it would be time well spent.
  • Be sure to take the premium 500円 route so you can take a peek at the lantern halls! Otherwise a great visit and they even sell cute deer omikuji. A major shrine in Nara but be sure to stop by the others too!
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