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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.

Deers in the middle of the town of Nara near to the Train station.

Deers in the middle of the town of Nara near to the Train station.

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. 

deer taking rest

Deer taking rest

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.

Traditional japanese wedding dress

Traditional japanese wedding dress

girl silhouette on a underground passage

girl silhouette on a underground passage on the way to Todaiji Temple

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.

Today Ji Temple at Nara

Today Ji Temple at Nara

Great Daibutsu budda with almost 15 meters (the second largest in Japan)

Inside Todaiji, a Buddha of it size, the Great Daibutsu buddha with almost 15 meters (the second largest in Japan)

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…

Lanterns at Kasuga Taisha

Lanterns at Kasuga Taisha

… 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.

Tree inside the temple

Tree inside the temple

Typical japanese students

Typical Japanese students

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 :-)

Aya at the Forest

Aya at the Forest


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