Please can I have a pet deer?

Sunday, 4 December 2016

For those of you who have explored Japan you may have already realised that this post is indeed about the beautiful Nara! About a 45 minute train ride away from Osaka, costing 710 yen it is so worth the trip. As a county town Nara is actually quite big and there is so much to see and do. Our first stop, of course, was the huge deer park! Now you can't go to Nara and not see a deer, they are literally EVERYWHERE - and there're so many of them! For just 150 yen you can buy a little huddle of deer friendly cookies and feed them, which you must do if you love animals like me! The deer chase you around for the cookies and it's so funny and sweet - I loved it - hence the name of this post.

After cooing over the deer for around 2 hours, we headed to Todaiji temple - which is so impressive! The largest wooden structure in the world and home to the largest Buddha in Japan it's a must see at just 500 yen. The walk up to the temple was my favourite part as it really is breathtakingly HUGE. Again, like Kamakura, the Buddha was really grand, however I preferred the Buddha we saw in Kamakura, only because the surroundings were far more serene and peaceful, plus I loved how the Buddha was outside unlike the one at Todaiji which felt a bit more cramped and restricted. With this said it was still a wonderful golden spectacle that you really shouldn't miss!

After Craig grabbed another matcha ice-cream and we saw the deer one last time we headed back as it had started to get quite chilly. Nara was defiantly one of my favourite places so far in Japan, it's really pretty and well worth a visit (especially if you're animal mad like me)!

Elly x

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