NaraOctober 12 in Japan
We spent the day out at Nara today, an area famous for its free roaming deer. Only an hour away from Osaka, it made a great day trip! There are plenty of shrines and temples out here listed as world heritage sites, though we didn't spend too much time at them. The girls were far more interested in feeding and patting the deer that roam around in Nara Park. The deer appear gentle at first but if you try feeding them you soon find out how aggressive they can be!
Of course we had to buy some senbei crackers (rice) made especially for the deer, or perhaps just a quick way to make a tourist dollar! Either way the kids enjoyed feeding them, and Isobel proved to be quite the deer whisperer as she had many follow her around, even after her supply of crackers were gone. I missed out on filming this but she had one deer actually cross at the zebra crossing with us to the other side of the park. The deer are considered to be quite sacred and they are treated with great respect.
On the tourist trail we did see Kohfukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Tanisha Shrine, all on the world heritage site. They were all equally as stunning as each other, but we only walked the outskirts of them. The kids, particularly Sam, weren't overly keen or patient to look at them from the inside. But just admiring them from the outside walls was just as beautiful.
After a long day, we headed home via the Dononbori area of Osaka, a foodies paradise! With tired and hungry children we decided we would take an obligatory photo of the "Glico man" and then come back another night.
Overall it was a great day to see some new sights of Japan that we hadn't visited before, and witness the stark contrast of old and new that still always amazes me. Happy days 😀Read more