1 October 2014

奈良市 ♡ oh deer...

{part 1/2} 
First things first;  there were some changes in the comment-section.
Yes, after thinking about it for some time I decided to use disqus since it's a lot easier for me to moderate comments and such. Since I can't make everyone create an account there just because I think it's cool I enabled guest comments - which means you still should be able to comment even if you don't have a disqus-account {though it's easier if you have since you get notified when I reply etc}.

Now, when this is settled; let's continue with the actual point of this update.

During our stay in Osaka in March, we took the chance to do a day trip to Nara, since it's easy to reach, not expensive and really beautiful and interesting.
I read that there are several ways to get to Nara; we however followed the advice from our host at the hostel and took the Kintetsu-Nara line from Tsuruhashi Station{鶴橋駅}, which was quite close to where we stayed, to Kintetsu Nara Station {近鉄奈良駅}. 
It was convenient because it's really close to Nara Park. 
The train ride takes about 50minutes while only costing ¥650 {which is like 4.70€ or roughly 6USD}.

Since I took more than 300 photos only on that day, I decided to split the post up into two parts.
The first being about Kōfuku-Ji {興福寺} and Nara Park {奈良公園}, the second about Kasuga-Taisha {春日大社} and Tōdai-Ji {東大寺}.

As I said the station was quite close already, so it only took us about 15minutes or less to arrive at Kōfuku-Ji. 
The pagoda Gojūnotō, which is one of the first things you'll see after arriving, reminded me instantly of Violet City's Sprout Tower in Pokémon. We shouldn't be surprised though: Violet City was inspired by Nara after all.

The Kōfuku-Ji is a Buddhist temple that was originally built in a district of Kyōto, as one of the principal temples of Hossō-shū {法相宗}, a school of Japanese Buddhism. When Nara became capital in 710 it was reconstructed at its present location. In 1998 it was appointed World Heritage Site. 

Our next stop was the Nara Park and though the Japanese deer - shika {鹿} - is free-living all around the temples and shrines in Nara, you will spot most of them there. They are wild and no pets so you find signs, warning about that but at the end of the day these animals became so used to people and tourists that they are nearly tame and rarely attack you or run away. They might butt you if you have nothing to feed them on bad days, though.

Nara park really is a place that seems plain at first - especially during the time we went there; it was still kind of chilly, the cherry blossoms just blooming occationally on small branches but it's a place where you can find beauty in small spots and I really enjoyed this.
Although I wasn't feeling really well that day, I remember the park and the sites we saw as really calming and beautiful.

We took a break at that cute pavilion and had some snacks. The small lake was simply beautiful and look at the two cute people I was with. I honestly still feel bad for being a little moody that day...

After this, we decided to move on and search for Kasuga-Taisha which, I remember, was a little hidden in the forest and at the bottom of a mountain. 

For now; take some rest before we hop on to the next part.

Would you feed or pet these deer?
Any questions? Ask in a comment below.

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