Kasuga-taisha, Nara, Japan

Minamimon, the southern gate to Kasuga Grand Shrine - Nara, Japan (2)

Kasuga Grand Shrine (Kasuga-taisha) is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara, which used to be Japan’s capital between 710 to 784. This beautiful shrine dates back to this period and together with five Buddhist temples and the primeval forest surrounding it, belongs to the Historic Monuments of Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kasuga-taisha, Nara, Japan

This photo was also published by BBC Mundo on 4th May 2012.

The shrine is famous for over a thousand lanterns which form its interior and exterior decoration.

The path to the shrine leads through a deer reserve. According to the Shinto religion, deer are the gods’ messengers and therefore are allowed to walk freely among the pilgrims. They are tame and really friendly, and they create a unique atmosphere in this sacred place.

written by: Ania

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