Aug 27, 2012
Jun 30, 2013
While I was in the Kyoto area, I took a day trip to Nara, an ancient city about 40 minutes outside of Kyoto by JR train. The city of Nara is well known for it's temples, and perhaps mostly for it's deer. Deer are considered sacred by certain folks in Japan, and Nara has hundreds if not thousands of wild deer that are free to roam the city. Most of them can be found inside Nara Park, a huge green space in the city. Here you can purchase deer biscuits which you can feed to the deer by hand. This isn't for those fearful of animals! Once you start handing out the biscuits, you will have about a dozen deer swarming you trying to get a piece. They will headbutt you in the rear-end and even stand up on their hind legs to get closer to the food. I got some hilarious videos of people trying to escape the throngs of deer while they fed them. Nara Park is also home to several beautiful temples and shrines, Todai-ji Temple being perhaps the most majestic of them all. Enjoy some pictures.