One day in NARA

Follow our blogger to Kansai to enjoy the beauty of Nara and the company of the famous deers from Nara park!

Aren’t they cute?

nara deer

nara deer 1

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Courtesy of with permission to post photos on TIC blog



I’ve just returned from Kansai a few day ago.

In my opinion, autumn is the great time to travel to Kansai.  All my friends go to Kansai in this season to enjoy the autumn color. While everyone have their eyes on Kyoto and Osaka, two of the most well-known cities in this region, I found myself wandered to a bit less known, smaller modest town nearby – Nara.

When thinking about Nara, generally people will think of a town with wild deer running everywhere and play with people

When I visited Nara, I realized it is true!

Right after I got out the Kintetsu Nara station, a deer has came and greeted me.


He even licked my hand.


Wooaaaaaaaa they are so cute. He has little dots all over his back.

As I walked further into Nara park, more and more deer came to view.



Walking among other transportation, very calm and not afraid of anyone.


They are all standing, eating or posing for photos (lol). All of them are wild animal still they are very calm and seems to like all the attention that give to them (like celebrities) , even allowed me to pet their heads and back.

I heard about some theory that the deer may bite or kick tourist but with what I saw here, seems like the deer like people a little too much, they even know how to beg for food. A local taught me that if you hold the treat high above the deer head, they will start bowing to you.




The locals treat the deer here as a part of the town, they casually walking along with them, some even stopped to pet or gave them treat. I saw a deer calmly rested in front of a shop and the owner didn’t seem to mind at all.

Why there is so many deer in Nara? As in a folklore, one of the Kasuga god had riding a white deer when he appeared at Mt.Mikasa and ever since then the deer has become symbol for Nara and has been protected by the local governor.

Nara Park is a public park with open space, lots of tree and deers running around, it is also connected to a lot of temple and tourist attractions.

You can also see the beautiful fall scenery while strolling in this Park too.





Five minutes walk away from Nara Park is Todai-ji, one of the Seven Great Temple of Japan, it is known for housing the world largest bronze statue of Buddha and also listed as one of the World Heritage Site.


The temple also have cute little horns (?) on the roof


Enormous statue of Agyo, one of two great Nio gate guardiansIMG_7236.JPG

The todai-ji temple

For anyone who is thinking about going to Nara, please do. You will have a great time playing with the deers here, visit beautiful temples and enjoy local food at cheap price!

Drop by to visit us if you come to Nara!



See you in next blog !


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6 thoughts on “One day in NARA

  1. Great shots, those deer are always a kick! Don’t let them think you’ve got crackers, they won’t let you be for a second. I went there maybe 8 years ago in the spring. So many deer do raise a lot of questions. Like how long does it take to clean up after them each morning? And how many crackers do those vendors sell a day? And what is the actual estimate for the number of deer? Either way, keep writing!


    1. I actually wonder the same thing. It must take a lot of time and manpower to keep the park clean.

      From my experience, the deer is especially unfriendly in the summer esp in July during their mating season. I got bitten by one of them and got chased by another one. it was terrifying but very funny at the same time.


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