Was this one of the best parts of our trip?!? Hands down, YES.
I had heard that Nara is famous for it's deer park, and not much more. Honestly, we kind of were thinking that we'd just get off the train, pet some deer and be done. However, Nara is a pretty decent sized place, with lots of temples and shrines to see. And deer. Lots of deer.
|A gloomy day over Nara station|
A helpful lady at information gave us lots of things to do and see. We headed towards the deer park.
|hugging a post box cause we miss our parents|
as we spotted this super important national heritage site, we happened upon something...
|the people gathered at the bottom were looking at|
something far cuter than the shrine
|WE FOUND THE DEEEER|
|becoming one with the deer|
|we decided to appreciate this shrine for a few seconds|
|then we found more deer|
|you could buy crackers to feed the deer.|
|they were cute|
|Till you ran out of food|
|some very hungry deer went for our|
|and managed to take a chunk out of our map...|
|where to next???|
|hmm, I think it's this way... somewhere in the gaping hole|
of our deer-eaten map
|a nice old man stopped to give us acorns to feed to the deer.|
As Sarah put it, "this feels like a Miyazaki movie..."
The acorns once again made us popular with the deer, who will really only pay attention to you if you have food.
|There were lots of shrines and temples to see|
|but the weather was turning bad and we|
didn't want to pay $5 to get into this one
that we could see from the outside
|I wonder how many people tried to eat the deer|
|we really connected with this lazy guy|
|This one waited at the crosswalk like a good citizen|
|and then crossed with the light. BRB dying|
|cute snacks at the convenience store|
|I have no idea what these are. But pandas|
Ok, that was just to give you a break from the deer pictures. Back to the deer!!
|trying to get selfies with the deer was no easy|
|we stopped for a delicious lunch near the station as we headed|
back to Osaka.
|We said goodbye to Nara and the fun we had there|
|I highly recommend this as a day trip. We found so many|
interesting things and the deer were SO CUTE. Come on,
where else can you just chill with hundreds of deer?
Nara was an awesome, awesome trip. I'm so glad we took the time to go there and to explore it. Even though we thought we wouldn't spend much time there, we ended up staying for quite a few hours. It was well worth the time (it's barely an hour from Osaka and the cost roundtrip was like $10), and if you ever get to Japan, I highly recommend stopping by!
Next, I'll finish up with our adventures in Osaka!!!
And because I'm literally always listening to music, here's a change from the Kdrama OSTs and ballads!
I recently rediscovered this old Suju song and remembered how much I loved it. Especially since the main stuff is sung by the vocalists, making it a super awesome song with a catchy refrain and adorable dancing!