Monday, March 3, 2014

Kasuga-taisha Shrine - Nara, Japan

Kasuga-taisha Shrine in Nara Japan is nestled up by the mountain a little further then Todai-ji but I recommend going while you are there! It is a Shinto Shrine started in 768 and shrines the Fujiwara Family. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site along with the primeval forest behind it. It is mostly known for the many stone lanterns that line the path leading up to it and the shrine has a lot of bronze hanging lanterns within. You get to walk through the deer park where deer are roaming around so it is a great little trip up the hill/mountain from Todai-ji. Enjoy! 
Some of the many lanterns that you pass going through the forest...

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Among the trees you walk along this path lined by these stone lanterns and pass through gates with enchanting deer walk among the people...

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I thought this interesting where a massive tree has long since been gone but a still old probably 30 year old tree growing out of the middle..

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More lanterns that have stone bases and tops but wooden centers.

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This tree was looming over

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I wouldn't bother counting the lanterns!

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The main part of the shrine was under renovation but you could still pay and walk around inside parts. This is a walk way inside that is lined with wonderful looking bronze lanterns.

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This was a large old tree in the center of the shrine and has most likely been there since the first time this shrine was built...it is a sacred tree

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I love lanterns and wish I could have a few down the road for my gardens.

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I walked north from the shrine and passed a few buildings in the woods.

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I found a little restaurant before I headed back to the park and I sat outside and order some food. I was hungry!

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I got some mushrooms and onions in my bowl with noodles, was tasty!

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Thanks for looking!

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