Arriving in Nara
We got off our train in Nara, dropped our stuff off at the front desk of the hotel, and went straight to the famous deer park. We snapped these photos along the walk.
Nara Deer Park
Nara Park is famous for the hundreds of deer that roam around freely. The deer are revered as sacred and for hundreds of years killing one was a capital offense. The deer have become very comfortable around humans — and today you can even buy a pack of deer food for about $1.50. We immediately made friends with the deer.
The Todai-ji Temple is located in the heart of Nara Park. Until 1998, it was the world’s largest wooden building and it contains an enormous 50-foot tall bronze Buddha statue.
We kept walking through the park and visited a large Shinto shrine, Kasuga-taisha. It’s located at the edge of a forest and the path is lined with hundreds of stone lanterns and of course — more deer.