Side Trip to Nara Park – Nara, Japan

Since we have extra time before we head back to Tokyo from Osaka, we decided to visit Nara. It’s a breather from all the cherry blossom sightseeing we’ve been mainly doing for the past days. It was a breezy 60 minutes rapid train ride and about a few meters from the train station is Nara Park.

We planned on an early trip and we arrived the area while the tourists are still on their way. Hence, we have the whole temple grounds to ourselves!

 

 

 

In the temple grounds and surrounding areas, wild deers roam freely and they are regarded as messenger of the gods in Shinto religion.

 

 

They may look gentle but since they are wild they could also be aggressive at times. Reminders on how to avoid such instances are posted around the area.

 

 

There are small kiosks selling deer cookies for 200 yen a stack. It is a great experience to do deer feeding and an exciting photo opportunity as well. Beware, deers may attack you to get a bite of the snacks you have on hand. Look just how a tourist got harassed by these hungry deers.

 

 

Following our deer feeding frenzy – this is already about 45 minutes away from the train station, we went to Todaiji Temple. Its main hall – Daibutsuden is the world’s largest wooden building. It also houses one of Japan’s biggest bronze statue of Buddha.

 

 

 

Of course, our side trip won’t be complete if we are not to explore the whole area. Although it’s a gruesome walk, the view and surroundings make it worthwhile.

 

 

Nara Park in all is a wonderful, quiet and relaxing retreat.

 

Admission Fee – Daibutsuden Hall

Adult/Child 500 yen

 

Operating Hours:
No closing days
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Nov- Feb)
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Mar)
7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Apr – Sep)
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Oct)