Oh, Deer! At the Nara Park


Nara Park is a vast public green space of more than 500 hectares. Dating back to 1880, the "park with the deers" hosts nearly 1,200 shika deers that roam freely around magnificent temples, avenues and tourists visiting the treasures of the former imperial capital.
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Nara Park Fees : Free
Temples fees : Free
What interests the deers is if you hide some food in your bags. Avoid taunting them, because they can alpague you with more or less delicacy!
Plus if you bow to them they will bow back, because they know how to get what they want ! :D
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Our itinerary from Kyoto :

I recommend the Miyakoji Kaisoku Express on the JR Line, because it only takes 45 minutes.
JR Nara Line: 45 minutes by express (kaisoku) departs from JR Kyoto Station in Kyoto and arrives at JR Nara Station in Nara.

The legend of the Deer :

In 768, a white deer carried a Japanese god all the way to Nara from Ibaraki, north of Tokyo so as a reward, all of the deer in Nara were bestowed with divine status that's why they are still cherished.
As a result, the Sika Deers kinda are divas, they are accustomed to being hand-fed by locals and visitors. They Head-butt because it is an effective way to communicate hunger.
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I really recommend you go visit the Park.
Plus, when you walk to the Nara park from Nara station you can see those talented "Mochi masters" who are working on their mochis. Mitsuo Nakatani is a mochi master, and to watch him working is just awesome. They turn sticky rice into Japan’s traditional soft and chewy treat requires pounding, flipping and smashing the glutinous rice at high speeds in perfect coordination with a team. Their techniques are really impressive...
Mochi Masters

If you want to see a video of how they make it : Click here
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