The deer at Nara Park.


Nara, Japan’s ancient capital since 710, is a short train ride from both Kyoto and Osaka. Many tourists come just to visit the Nara Park area, home to a number of famous temples such as Kasuga Taisha and the Daibutsu (Great Buddha) at Todai-ji Temple. Amazingly, many of the buildings and artefacts here date back as far as the 8th Century. The park is also famously home to hordes of roaming deer. These cute (but sometimes scary) critters will follow you hoping for some pre-purchased deer snacks. Check out the articles below covering the best things to do in Nara. 


Hozan-ji Temple: in the Mountains of Ikoma, Nara’s Hidden Wonder.

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Housekibako – A Shaved Ice Experience in Nara to Treasure

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Daily lunch set at Cafe Orion

Cafe Orion is A Cute and Quiet Little Escape in Nara

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The Biggest of Buddhas: The Great Buddha at Todai-ji Temple

Its creation nearly bankrupted the nation. Weighing over 500 tons and measuring an...

How to Frolic with the 1,200 Bowing Deer in Nara Park

It sounds like a crazy fantasy. In Japan, there’s a city. And in...

Kasuga Taisha Shrine: The 3,000 Lantern Shrine in Nara Deer Park

At first glance, Kasuga Taisha Shrine looks like the gateway to an ancient,...