Wandering with the Deer in Nara

While staying in Kyoto we took a local train to Nara to visit a temple with one of the world’s largest Buddha statues. The Eastern Great Temple or Tōdai-ji is located in a complex a short walk from the train station. The temple grounds also have freely roaming deer. The deer were very comfortable around humans and there were plenty of places where you could buy deer food – I don’t imagine any of the deer around here ever go hungry.

Nara Temple Deer Japan

This picture was taken just before we entered the park at a bakery at the train station. It puts train station food and drunk in the UK to shame. I had an apricot bun from here that I can only describe as heavenly. Bakery Nara Japan

Apricot bun Nara Japan

 

I didn’t manage to convince Carlos that we really did need an inflatable deer pull-along toy. Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

As to be expected in an area that is famous for its deer – the tourist shops are fully of various deer-related items. I acquired a deer shaped pen! Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Despite the deer appearing very comfortable around humans, there were a lot of warnings about the potential for deers to be a little less than friendly. Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer JapanThe statue on the right is the Daibutsu or ‘giant Buddha’ that the temple houses, and another just as impressive but slightly smaller Buddha to the left.

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

Nara Temple Deer Japan

The Eastern Great Temple which houses the Buddha statue in all it’s glory. It’s not hard to see why this is a UNESCO Heritage site. Nara Temple Deer Japan

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This entry was posted by Jennifer Ferreira.

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