IMPROMPTU NARA ESCAPADE


That day, the original plan was to pay a visit to a skin doctor in Kyoto city in the morning, and we are expecting the consultation (plus the travel time from our home) to consume half of our day, then at 6:30pm, we have to meet a friend in a different area of Kyoto. 

We arrived at the clinic at around 10:00am, but unfortunately, it was closed. We went blank, with no idea of what to do for next couple of hours until 6:30pm!

To cut the story short, our trip to Nara was honestly an impulse and out of plan, but there's no regret. The one hour train ride from Kyoto to Nara is absolutely worth it.
By the way, I've been to Nara 8 years ago with a japanese friend and her family. I can't remember the experience vividly, all I know is that we were feeding deers. Hehe.

Upon arrival at Kintetsu Nara station, you'll see a shotengai (a street of shops and restaurants), jinrikishas or Japanese rickshaw (the only thing I hate about Japan), and tourists (mostly western). And if you walk a little further, expect to see deer freely walking around, you don't have to worry, they're harmless!

A little stall that sells deer crackers and traditional Japanese foods like dango.



These creatures will automatically follow you if you have crackers in your hands. I don't know but I just noticed that they are bowing to visitors as if asking them for crackers. 






There are almost 1200 deer at Nara Park. They are believed to be messengers of god 
in Shinto religion.









The park's atmosphere is very mori. It feels like home to me.


After less than an hour at the park, it's time to go home (back to Kyoto) But before heading to the train station we decided to enter the shotengai(shopping area) we've seen earlier to shop for souvenirs.




We didn't get the chance to fully explore Nara, but it was fun! I hope to visit again next time.
Things to do in Japan are unending, there's always a reason for a person to come back.

PS: I wan't to apologize to my baby blog. I am taking forever to update you.. I have loads of backlogs! Hahaha. 

21 comments:

  1. Nice! Those dears seem to think that you are part of the family. hehehe. Maybe it was the jacket. ;) I would love to have a close encounter with dears as well. Looking forward to reading some more of your side trips.

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  2. wow! I've never had any personal encounter with deers before! Oh, Japan, Japan! Will I ever be able to visit you, Japan? :D

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  3. Those deers from Nara looks calming. Bookmarking this travel guide, planning to visit Kyoto this year and looking forward to meet these heavenly messengers. :) Thanks!

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  4. Nice article! is this park in the Philippines? I need to visit it. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  5. Wow! Deers at the park. I'm glad they are really friendly and not camera-shy at all. Japan is truly wonderful.

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  6. Oh Japan!! Japan never fails to impress me! btw is it okay to touch or feed the deers? hihi

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    1. Yeah, it's fine as long as you don't hurt them.
      And when it comes to feeding the deers, I guess the only food allowed is the rice crackers available at the park.

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  7. I always find great spots from unplanned trips or when I lost my way. Great discovery! :)

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  8. WOW!! Those deer are so friendly!! I've tried so many times to go near a deer, but always runs away!! May be, I'm scary..ha ha ha..:)

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  9. I've never had any tour experiences with deers yet in Japan, reminds me of the meaning of Caribou which isn't that far from their species! And you're right, even if you haven't explored every place yet, there's always a good reason to go back to Japan.

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  10. Beautiful! This just makes me want to go to Japan all the more! Haven't seen tamed deer EVER.

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  11. I totally agree with you that things to do in Japan is unending. And same to you, we have loads of backlog. It's pretty challenging for us to balance both our day jobs and blogging. Anyway, I've not been to Nara yet. I'll definitely try this experience when I visit it. Also, I'm curious as to why you're going to Nara for a skin consultation. -Me-An Clemente

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  12. Really beautiful place! Those deer sure are friendly! I remember I used to avoid them all the time in Minnesota (when I was still working there) cos they're all wild. XD

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  13. I hope the deer are taken care of. I love Japan, but I loved it more when I saw this post. :D

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  14. Ohh, Deers are gentle creatures. And they seem to mimic the Japanese way of paying respect. When given a chance, I would love to visit the place.

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  15. Major envy here! Huhu JAPAN love! Will definitely visit them if I got the chance to travel to Japan! :)

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  16. How many times would you actually experience interacting with a deer? You are very fortunate! Japan is my dream travel destination :D

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  17. Beautiful. This reminds me of Bushy Park in UK. Love it.

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    1. Never heard of Bushy Park, but I hope to be able to travel to UK someday. Thanks!

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