Nara was our first day trip from Osaka. The first thing you notice is the deer – they are the focal point of Nara and there are pictures of deer everywhere. It is a really nice town with beautiful parks and temples. The town has a large buddhist influence so there are a lot of beautiful buddhist temples to visit.
The deer were beautiful and friendly. I had heard stories that they could be aggressive but I didn’t experience that at all. They were actually incredibly polite – if you bow at them they will bow back! And if you want to get close to the deer I recommend buying some deer biscuits to feed them!
Nara Park was beautiful – it is so big it’s overwhelming! I went to the Yoshikien Garden which was a small moss garden. It was beautiful to walk though and was free for tourists which was a bonus!
The Todaiji Temple in Nara Park was once one of the Seven Great Temples and also houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana or Daibutsu in Japanese. It’s definitely worth visiting – the Buddha is as tall as the temple is – it’s amazing and not something that you can really capture in a photo.
Next up: Kyoto! Check out my first stop in Osaka!