Japan: Nara – The Deer City – VIDEO
Nara was Japanese capital in the 8th century AD. And it is still quite important for the country. Today, almost 400 thousand people live there. Every day, thousands of new tourists come here.
It is quite likely you reach Nara by the Kintetsu Line. Either you travel from Osaka or Kyoto. You arrive at Kintetsu Nara station in the heart of the city. South from the station, there is a busy shopping boulevard. Its side streets are dotted with true gems such as small stores selling china and ceramics, or there are tea houses and cafes as well as classic Japanese houses. When you are on Sanjo Dori which is the main street, make a stop at a stand where they sell mochi, an excellent Japanese pastry.
At Lake Sarusawa-ike is a place where you can sit for a while, have a snack and hope that it wouldn't get stolen by a deer. However, use the greater part of the day for a walk in the park and tour at shrines. Kōfuku-ji is right above the lake. However, to reach other shrines you need to walk a bit furhher. By the way, there are hundreds of deers roaming around.
Be sure to see Tōdai-ji – an amazinnig timber shrine constructed in the 8th
century. There is the largest Buddha statue in Japan and the largest wooden structure in the world. The most mysterious place would be the shinto shrine of Kasuga-taisha including its compound. The Heijō palace gives deeper insight into the history of the place and at the National Museum of Nara Town you can learn even more.
Had you some more time for walks, go on the top of the mountain rising above the park. There you can enjoy an amazing vista to the surroundings plus there are several beautiful shrines and temples.
Text, photos and video: Matouš Vinš
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