Nara offers not only temples but also open wide gardens, beautiful forest, excellent wedding pictures and of course deers!
Normally, the vast majority of visitor arrive Nara by train. Although not as well known as Kyoto, in my opinion, Nara is a must-see destination. Especially if you are tired of seeing thousands of temples in Kyoto. Nara offers not only temples but also open wide gardens, museums, shopping and of course deers. To be hones, I was not aware of the popularity of deers in Nara so I got so surprised when i got there.
It seem that on local mythology, deer were considered sacred in Nara and killing a deer was a capital offense punishable by death. I don’t know if this law still in force but is clear that no one dares to kill a deer.
Another fact from Nara I did not know. Nara is a famous location for wedding pictures. Especially, for those couples that are looking to have old-fashion wedding album. I stole several photos this girl with different customs until she started yelling at me.
To be honest, I really did not expect much of Nara. I had focused my study before the trip on Kyoto temples. After crossing the gate suddenly you see this great beauty, Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in the world.
After the temple, I took a walk through the woods full of stone lanterns at every corner until I reach the Kasuga Taisha temple famous for is torii gates and lanterns outside…
… and inside something caught my attention. During the construction of the temple, constructors respected the branch of the tree that today is still growing through the temple.
To end this post, I want to thank my old friend from Brighton Aya Tonogai who accompanied me on this visit and host me for few days at Osaka. Aya, sorry for posting this photo without your permission 🙂