Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Here, Deer, Everywhere! A Day in Nara

nara deer travel japan

Our first stop in Kansai was Nara, the capital back in the 8th century. The one and only thing I had heard about Nara prior to visiting was the deer. Upon arrival in Japan I kept asking people where I could find the deer and what the best way of seeing them was - well fret not. They were everywhere!! Just a few hundred meters from Nara train station is Kofuku-ji, a Buddhist temple.

 
deer nara japan

There are deer just roaming all around, and literally hundreds of them! We kept walking a little further, towards Nara Park and there are plenty more deer looking for some snacks. There are even some people selling little packs of deer cookies for you to feed them (and to prevent you from feeding them any old thing!). However, this has lead to some very greedy, little (read: big) deer! They come right up to you sniffing out some treats and can get quite pushy (read: aggressive). One naughty lady deer even took a nip at me and ended up biting my hip, through my dress and panties! We bought a pack of deer cookies and a beer each, and had a picnic in front of the museum. A well-deserved rest break! 

deer nara japan 
We took a walk through Todai-ji and spotted a deer just as exhausted as us, hiding in the shade of the tourist stalls. There were so many people around, we decided to walk out through the back grounds of the temple complex and stumbled upon the cutest little store selling all sorts of handcrafted deer paraphernalia and some real old postcards!


deer nara japan

We only gave ourselves one day in Nara, which we were happy with. I'm sure there were so many more things we could have really enjoyed and savoured. With the heat though, we were content with what we had seen and experienced in one day in Nara.



3 comments:

  1. Ahh I wish we got to do this! We didn't make the day trip to go see these cute deer! Feels like we got to do it through your post though! Love how friendly they look!

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    1. They were cute to look at but definitely had a mean/greedy streak haha!

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  2. Scroobletts.... love it!! Well done you two!

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