Kyoto, Japan: Up close with Deers in Nara Park

So, back in Fall last year when I was in Japan, part of the itinerary was to visit Kyoto of course. As a Japan newbie, usually Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are go to places. At least that’s what I did (:P)

That day we woke up pretty early to catch the earliest Shinkansen ride to Kyoto so that we could have the whole day to us in Kyoto. So FYI, Shinkansen runs on a schedule. And it will only wait for you for about less than 5 minutes and on the dot, it will run again. A good website that I used to check on the timings (applies to a lot of train links as well) is HyperDia. This website helps you to arrange your itinerary as it shows different routes and schedules alternatives. Have a look!

So after alighting at Kyoto with our bulky luggage, we didn’t spare a time to check in on our next BnB but to deposit our luggage to the public coin lockers in Kyoto train station. This is a common sights in Japan train stations where even the local put their stuff in there and collect it at the end of the day.
Anyway, From Kyoto Station, you have to take another train ride to Nara station and another bus ride to Nara Park where the deers are.
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Outside Nara Station you can find a tourist information center pretty easily. It’s by the bus terminal.

After a 5-10 minutes bus ride, we finally alighted at the park. And for some reasons I didn’t even think of taking a bunch of deer photos like what people would do, but rather them individually *facepalm*. Anyway, the deers are pretty tame except when you’re holding any sort of food! The locals would sell a pack of biscuit for you to feed the deers for a very cheap price. And apparently, the deers would notice once you hold on to this biscuits and will start chasing you around.

And of course, I had to do it. Feeding deer time!
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Nara park as a home to thousands of roaming deers is designed to be a natural and a cultural treasure. This place is especially popular as a tourist spot during fall and spring for its yellow leaves and cherry blossom. The area is actually a pretty big area to explore. But we decided to just walk around the parks up till Kofukuji temple as it started to rain.

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Kofukuji Temple. It was pretty hard to get the photo without the crowd (human or deers!)

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Definitely want to visit this place again one day during cherry blossom. I can only imagine it would be as good, or even better than during fall!




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