Sunday, November 13, 2016

Nara, Japan (Deer Park and Todaiji Temple)

It was a bright and sunny day. I left our hotel in high spirits and a glowing skin. I got back to our hotel looking stressed, dark and a few tan lines. Summer in Nara, Japan is sunny, hot and humid compared to the cool, spring-like weather in Tokyo. Sweat is a familiar physiological response for the hot and humid air. A handkerchief or towel alone is not enough. I wanted wet tissue to wipe all over my face and neck area to cool me down (and remove the dirt from sweat and pollution. Despite the Manila-like weather, I enjoyed the town of Nara. It has a similar old-world ambiance to Kyoto (which I still consider as my favorite place in Japan). It was amazing to see this place in such a bright weather (though I did wish the temperature was cooler).
Todaiji Temple and the Nara Deer Park is located in one area. We decided to visit that first because well, our main reason for going to Nara is the deers. My mom bought some snacks to feed the deer. There were already a herd of deer waiting for tourists to feed them. These are wild deers by the way so be very cautious when feeding them. They will chase you for more food once you start throwing them the biscuits you just bought (kinda scary because they bit my clothes to get my attention). There are stalls after stalls of souvenir shops on the side and rows of Japanese restaurants. So when you're done feeding the deers and touring the temple, you can go inside any of the shops and buy your deer souvenirs. Or if you feel hungry, step inside one of the traditional restaurants there and fill your stomach with Japanese gastronomy. And because it was intensely hot that day, we went to one of the ice cream shops that offer Cherry Blossom as a unique flavour. I had always want to taste cherry blossom in my mouth. But my fantasy was shattered when I had my first bite as it was not what I expected. It tasted like cherry (like duh!). I hate anything cherry-flavored. It was a refreshing treat in the hot weather anyway. I would still root for the lavender ice cream in Mt Fuji anytime.
For more information about Todaiji Temple, the Deer Park and Nara as a whole, you may visit this website: 

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  1. These pictures are gorgeous, the deer are just so cute! I am so happy to have come across your blog too, keep up your wonderful work lovely! x

  2. This park seems so perfect! I can't believe you can pet the deers! Such an unique experience!

  3. Lovely photos! Your series of Japan blog posts makes me excited to go to Japan soon. And those cute adorable deers wandering around! :D


  4. Beautiful pictures!
    Love Emina

  5. wow! amazing place

  6. They're so so adorable! Gorgeous photos. Looks like you had a lovely day. Haha I hate artificial cherry flavor as it tastes so weird, but hey, at least the ice cream was pretty!

    Hope all is well babe! Xx

  7. It's a shame you didn't like the ice cream as it looks lovely! :)

    THe deer biting your clothes looks scary though - eek! Glad you got away and it only bit your clothes, not you! haha!

    Hope you're having an awesome week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  8. I love this Japanese architecture. Very fine and world famous . Wow these deers are so friendly , and unlike other places, they are not shy. Love the shot with that icecream. Beautiful place and definitely a must visit.
    New post on my blog . Do drop by soon <3

  9. This photo are amazing my dear I want to visit Japan me too

  10. Awww, the deers are so adorable. *w* I heard a lot about the Deer Park it was good to see more photos about it. I love your post.
    xoxo, Szandi

    [Beauty Pop]

  11. Todai-ji is wonderful temple ... Omamori (japanese charms) of Todai-ji you can buy on ... I'love Japan! ... I hope one day to get back on Japan