About Nara Kasuga Taisha
Kasuga Taisha is located on Kasuga Hill, east of downtown Nara, where the jungle is lush and the deer are relaxing. It has been the guardian of Nara since the 8th century A.D. It is also the main shrine of Kasuga Taisha in all of Japan, and the deer that serve as the guardians have been living here since that time, and can be said to be truly indigenous. Kasuga Taisha has more than 2,000 stone lanterns and iron lanterns, as well as vermillion colored pillars and window panes, and a brown hinoki roof, making the whole place look very harmonious and peaceful.
How to get there
From JR Nara Station or Kintetsu Nara Station, take the Nara Kotsu Bus bound for Kasuga Taisha Honden (Kasuga Taisha Honden Line), which takes about 11-15 minutes, and get off at Kasuga Taisha Honden Station.
Alternatively, take the Nara Kotsu Bus (City Loop Bus) in the city, get off at Kasuga Taisha Omotesando Station, and walk about 10 minutes to the bus stop.
January 1 – December 31, Monday – Sunday
Special visit in front of the main hall: 500 yen
National Treasure Hall: 500 yen
Manyo Botanical Garden: 500 yen
Nara Kasuga Taisha opening hours
April 1-September 30 Mon-Sun
06:00-18:00(Spring and Summer)
Mar. 1-Nov. 30 Mon.-Sun.
09:00-17:00(Botanical Garden)Closing time:16:30
Jan. 1-Dec. 31 Mon.-Sun.
09:00-16:30(Couples Grand National Shrine), 10:00-17:00(National Treasure Hall) Closed: 16:30
Oct. 1 – Mar. 31, Mon.-Sun.
Special visitation hours in front of the main hall 08:30-16:00
December-February 09:00-16:30 (last admission is required before 16:00)
Around March 8th – March 13th and around December 20th – January 7th, full day visits are not available.
No tours are available on the 1st, 11th, 21st of each month and on Adult Day in January, February, February 17, March 14, March 15, April 3, the third Friday of May, May 5, May 10, August 7, August 15, October 9, November 3, November 23, December 17 from about 9:40 ~ 12:00.