the nice lady at the tourist information booth didn't specifically circle kasuga-taisha on the nara walking tour map. i only knew to visit because i read somewhere on the internet about the kasuga-yama primeval forest and i told pete that this place is my must-see in nara. it got me at "primeval". and i'm completely fascinated by old-growth forests.
and the forest was truly lovely: old gnarly trees, thousands of lanterns lining the paths, moss growing freely over stones and the sound of our feet on gravel.
kasuga-taisha is a shinto shrine that was built in 768. it's a real beauty and known for its 3000 lanterns, 2000 stone lanterns and 1000 hanging bronze lanterns, that represent the 3000 kasuga shrines in japan.
|this tree (left) is so old, see the description below|