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Japan Memories - Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kyoto

Built by the Fujiwara family in 768 at the time of Heijo-kyo, this Shinto shrine is one of the most important in Japan. In accordance with the Shinto need for purification, the shrine is destroyed and rebuilt every 20 years.

Approaching the shrine, the visitors will walk along a path of 3000 lanterns, 2000 of which are made of stone, and 1000 of bronze.

Stone lanterns lining the pathway to the Kasuga Taisha Shrine

More stone lanterns

A small shrine along the path to the main shrine

Sake for the gods

Moss covered inscription on the base of a stone lantern

A small spring just before the gate of the shrine

The main door of the shrine

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      2008.05.30 Edited

      Love the red door and the red pillars in 8 and 9. Great perspectives. The door in No: 8 looks almost 3-dimensional ...