We went to Nara primarily for deer sighting. They are there 24/7, 365 days a year. If you walk towards them they will look at you eagerly waiting to be fed. There are deer crackers for sale but instead of giving them those, we fed them sweet potato skin. And once we started they wouldn’t leave us alone. We noticed that their horns are cut off presumably to prevent them from injuring tourists.
While in Nara, we paid 500 yen to get into Todaji Temple. On the hill behind Todaji was Nigatsu-dō, which has free entrance and in my opinion way more interesting than Todaji temple. From the temple was very nice view of the grounds below. I love the pictures I took from the deck. When we were tired, we bought sake ice-cream at a convenience store. It has just enough alcohol flavor to make it taste special.
Just south of Nara’s main sights is Nara-Machi. It’s a residential area filled with edo-era houses. We were tired from all the walkings during the day but still enjoyed snapping pictures of this less touristy area.
This is one of the posts from our two-week trip to Japan and Vietnam. Below is our itinerary. For other posts, please click on the links below:
Index Page: My Two Week Itinerary in Japan and Vietnam
Day 1 & Day 3 : Kyoto: Heart of Traditional Japan.
Day 2: Deers in Nara
Day 4 – Day 5: Hakone: Hot Spring Ryokan and the Non-sighting of Mt. Fuji
Day 5: City Lights in Tokyo
Day 6: Last Day in Tokyo: Meiji Shrine and Tsujiki Fish Market
Day 7-8: Ha Long Bay: A night at the Bay of Descending Dragon
Day 9: One Day Tour in Hanoi
Day 10: Historical Sites in Hue
Day 11 -12 Hoi An : Picturesque Ancient Town