Kasugataisha Shrine, Nara
Kasugataisha Shrine is a shrine built in 768 to pray for the protection of Heijyo-Kyo and the prosperity of the people. It has enshrined Fujiwara’s god who was settled in the western foot of Mt. Mikasa, following the primitive forest of Mt. Kasuga. It is the total head office of “Kasuga-jinja Shrine” which has about 1,000 companies nationwide.
A deer is considered the sacred messenger from the deities as it has been believed that God came to the ground of Nara by riding a white deer.
When walking along the approach road, you can see the big red torii gate. This is Ni – no – Torii (second torii) of Kasugataisha Shrine.
There are two torii at Kasugataisha Shrine, another Ichi – no – Torii (first torii) is far away and it is near the Nara National Museum.
The collection of 3,000 or more points is kept by the treasure house including 520 national treasures and important cultural properties. You can see the crafts of Heian era grace, such as “Makie no Koto” (Japanese harp with lacquer ware), “Kurourushi Hyomon no Kazaritachi” (Japanese sword with lacquer ware), Important cultural property “Akikusa Makie Tebako” (Box with lacquer ware).
“Shikinen Zotai” (regular reconstruction), which is held once in 20 years, is to rebuild the Shrine and treasures to be paid in the palace and repair it. This is done based on Japanese unique faith. It is because this ceremony has been held that the precincts of about 1 million square meters registered in the World Heritage Site are kept as it was at the time of construction and the benefits from god are brought.
In 1998, Kasugataisha Shrine was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a shrine that constitutes “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”. “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” consists of seven temples as Todaiji Tmple, Kofukuji Temple, Gangoji Temple, Yakushiji Temple, Toshodaiji Temple, The former Heijo-kyu Palace site, and Kasugayama Primeval Forest including the Kasuga Taisha Shrine.
|Address:||Kasuganocho 160 Nara, Nara 630-8212 Japan|
|Access:||JR Yamatoji-sen Line “Nara-eki Station” (10 minutes by car)|
|Price:||Hatsuho-ryo (ceremony fee)
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500 yen (Adult)
300 yen (College Students or Under)
200 yen (Junior High School Students or Under)
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300 yen (Children)