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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Shrines and Temples


Kasuga-taisha Shrine

Kasuga-taisha was built in 768 by Lord Fujiwara, a man of influence in those days, by the order of Emperor Shotoku. It is unique in that it enshrines four gods from important shrines around the country, such as Kashima-jingu of Ibaraki Prefecture, Katori-jingu of Chiba Prefecture and Hiraoka-jinja of Osaka. From the 8th century, accompanying the Fujiwaras prosperity, it grew as the shrine dedicated to the ancestors of the Fujiwara family. It also prospered as the shrine where the regent, the chief advisor to the Emperor, the Emperor and the retired Emperor all come to worship. The main shrine, constructed in a special shrine structure called Kasuga-zukuri, is designated a National Treasure. Not only the shrine but also. the mountain in the background -- Mikasa-yama -- has also been the object of worship.'

160 Kasugano-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Admission Fee
Hon-den(Main shrine): 500 yen
Houmotsu-den (Treasury Hall): 400 yen (regular fee)
Shin-en (Botanical Garden): 500 yen (regular fee)


Kintetsu Nara Stn./Bus/8-min. ride/Kasuga-taisha-Omotesando Stop/10-min. walk

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