Dozens of Deer and Shrines (Nara) – Day 346

Our third day of our Kyoto trip was spent in Nara, about 1hr and 20mins away from our ryokan.

Nara is famous for its main temples, about 8 in total I think, and the many deer that roam the streets.

Since we were only spending a day here, we visited the top 3 sights recommended to us by the lady working at the tourist information centre at Nara Station. Each attraction is about 20mins away from the previous one, so there was a lot of walking!

First stop of the day was at Kofukuji Temple, which has a five story pagoda. They are currently restoring one of the buildings there, so the only thing to see was the pagoda. There were plenty of deer here though, just lazing around.

Five story pagoda

Five story pagoda

IMG_0807Our next stop was Todaiji Temple, which is most famous for its Great Big Buddha statue. On our way there, we cut through a park where the National Museum is located and we saw this vending machine where you can donate money for the deer (I think you’re supporting the community or something like that) by buying a can which looks like a drinks can, but you don’t actually get a drink.

Donation can for the deer!

Donation can for the deer!

 Going back to Todaiji Temple, we didn’t actually go in because you have to pay (we are stingy students) and a lot of these places tell you not to take photos, so it wasn’t worth it in our eyes.

Gates before Todaiji Temple

Gates before Todaiji Temple

Todaiji temple

Todaiji temple

The final stop was Kasuga shrine – the furthest attraction away from Nara station. Since it is quite far away, there weren’t as many people so it was pretty peaceful.

MORE DEER!

MORE DEER!

Some deer where actually in this shop

Some deer where actually in this shop

Again, you can’t take photos/have to pay money to get into the temple. You can probably guess that we didn’t pay, but we still enjoyed looking around and taking in the atmosphere!!

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Near the entrance of Kasuga Temple

Near the entrance of Kasuga Temple

I’ll be honest, but all the temples and shrines started to look the same. Even the deer started to lose their charm, but we found this deer that was totally different from the rest!

A non-smelly deer! Haha

A non-smelly deer! Haha

Before we left, I wanted to try one of the local sweets of Nara (or Kyoto) which was Tofu flavour ice cream!! It was pretty good actually 🙂 It tastes like tofu, but slightly sweeter. Alex tried a bit but didn’t like the taste. I would quite happily have it again!

By the time I remembered to take a photo, I had eaten half of it already... Tofu flavour ice cream!

By the time I remembered to take a photo, I had eaten half of it already… Tofu flavour ice cream!

We left Nara in the afternoon as we had to make it back to the ryokan for our sukiyaki dinner! This was actually the high-light of the day for me!!! It was our first time having sukiyaki so it was a real treat. They prepared so much meat and loads of vegetables but we finished practically everything.

Plate full of vegetables

Plate full of vegetables

MEAT!

MEAT!

Beginning of our meal

Beginning of our meal

The embarrassing thing was that my brother and I were the first ones to start eating, and we were almost the last ones to leave. No-one else, not even the family of four people that were sitting next to us, ate as much we did….hehehehe

Almost finished :)

Almost finished 🙂

That was it for our third day in Kyoto! I’ll be writing what we did on our final day soon! There were no photos of me from this trip, so here’s a photo of me in Nara with the deer from my trip to Japan two years ago!

A 19 year old Olivia hanging out with the deer

A 19 year old Olivia hanging out with the deer

Thank you for reading!

 

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3 thoughts on “Dozens of Deer and Shrines (Nara) – Day 346

  1. Winnie on said:

    Deer….we went to Bishops Palace where the deers roamed but disappeared 300 years ago!….

  2. I didn’t see the deer donation cans. I did, however, buy deer cookies and feed the deer, one of which came up and nibbled on my brown slacks. Cool place.

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