A fantastic combination of unspoiled forests and National Heritage sites

Unlike other areas in Japan, the forest around the Mt. Kasuga area was relatively well preserved thanks to a royal decree in the 9th century forbidding logging. The combination of beautiful nature and temples has made the area a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

Don't Miss

  • Kasuga Taisha, one of the most important shrines in Japan
  • The biannual lantern festival
  • The fantastic natural setting

How to Get There

Mt. Kasuga is accessible by train and bus if using public transit.

Kasuga Taisha is about five-minute walk from Kasuga Taisha Honden bus terminal. Buses depart regularly from Nara Station and Kintetsu Nara Station to this area.

The legendary Kasuga Taisha

The most famous attraction in the area is Kasuga Taisha which is known as one of Japan's three most important shrines. Since being built in the 8th century, it has continued to gain influence and now serves as the head of numerous branch shrines which are found throughout the country. The main building is also well known for its unique architecture and design.

The natural setting of rich foliage coupled with the deep vermillion color of the buildings makes the temple a popular location for photographers and anyone interested in traditional design.

The Mantoro tradition

The area's most well-known festival is a traditional event held twice a year, in the summer and winter, called the Setsubun Mantoro .

During this festival, over 3,000 lanterns are lit giving you a different light on the shrine and a glimpse into traditional culture.

The lesser known festival

If you are visiting in December, don't miss the Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri Festival , held at Wakamiya-jinja Shrine. This is your chance to view traditional clothing, dances, and one-of-a-kind music that is an important cultural property.

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