Tuesday, June 20, 2017

[kansai region] Nara Park

Nara is another great cultural city within the Kansai Region, and is famous for its guardian animals, Sacred Deer! You can find one of Japan's oldest and largest temples in Nara too. One full day was sufficient for me to see most of the sights in Nara, as it isn't a big city. It was easy to get from one place to another by just walking.

We took the JR train from Namba to Nara with my pre-paid pass for around 30 minutes via the special rapid service train. 

Upon reaching Nara JR Station, we headed straight up to Nara Park, and the walking distance was around 20-25 minutes. We stopped by for an early lunch at Coco Ichibanya for some curry rice before continue our journey to Nara Park. 

There are over 1000 deer in the park, and they are supposedly tamer than those found in the wild, but I still found that some of tem could be rough, despite their cute appearance. This is because the deer are so used to tourists/humans feeding them, and are a source of food!

Many tourists are allowed to purchase special 'Deer Biscuits' from vendors within the park to feed them, and they cost JPY150 per bundle 

Beware of the photo galore for the deer! 

When I was at the park, many deer tried to eat my park guide and the paper packaging of the biscuits. As long as you keep the biscuits away from them, the deer tend to be pretty well-behaved. There is one interesting thing about them, if you bow to the deer, they will bow back in return! 

We also went to the Todaiji Temple too! 

The deer in the park made my visit to Nara a fun and memorable one! 

The deer are such an integral part of Nara's tourism that there are several deer-inspired souvenirs. I picked up some of them from the shop! 

Before leaving Nara to Osaka, we stopped by for some comfort food for dinner. I had Soba while Baby had Udon instead. It was a simple yet filling meal. Noodles are one of the staple foods for the Japanese, and we happily had a good meal of it! 

Thanks for reading on my travel post on Nara, and my next post will be on the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto!

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