This is the most important and most photographed Kasuga-Taisha Shrine, Nara. The original building was constructed in 768. however, according to Shinto beliefs of purity and renewal, the shrine must be demolished and rebuilt every 20 years. This has occurred about 60 times throughout history and ended in the 1800s.
The shrine is not just a building, it also consists of paths that wind through a forest and display 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns.
Kasuga-Taisha is renowned for its lanterns which have been donated by its parishioners. These lanterns are lit twice a year during the Montoro Festival, in early February, and in mid-August for the Lantern Festivals.
If you make your way into the Fujinami-no-ya Hall that is directly behind the main shrine, you will see hundreds of lit flickering lanterns.
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