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Nara: Where History Meets Deer-lightful Charm

Nara: Where History Meets Deer-lightful Charm

Nara, a city steeped in history and brimming with friendly deer, offers a unique escape in Japan's Kansai region. Here, ancient temples stand alongside charming streets, while over 1,200 Sika deer roam freely, creating a delightful atmosphere.

Luxuriate in Tradition at Shisui, a Luxury Collection Hotel Nara

For a touch of luxury amidst the historic charm, consider staying at Shisui, a Luxury Collection Hotel Nara. This contemporary hotel seamlessly blends traditional Japanese design with modern amenities, offering a tranquil haven to unwind after your adventures.

Explore Nara Park: A Deer-lightful Encounter

No visit to Nara is complete without a trip to Nara Park. This expansive park is home to hundreds of Sika deer, revered as messengers of the gods in Shinto tradition. Be prepared for these curious creatures to bow (a learned trick for treats!), but remember not to feed them anything other than the special deer crackers sold nearby.

Witness Grandeur at Todai-ji Temple

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Todai-ji Temple is a must-see. Housing the world's largest bronze statue of Buddha, the Great Buddha Hall (Daibutsuden) is a marvel of engineering and a testament to Japan's rich Buddhist heritage.

Seek Serenity at Kasuga Grand Shrine

Kasuga Grand Shrine, another UNESCO site, is a Shinto shrine famed for its vibrant orange-red colored buildings and over 3,000 stone lanterns lining the path. The serene atmosphere and intricate architecture make it a peaceful escape.

Step Back in Time at Kōfuku-ji Temple

Another UNESCO treasure, Kōfuku-ji Temple, was once one of the most powerful temples in Japan. Admire the five-storied pagoda, a classic symbol of ancient Japan, and explore the temple's various halls adorned with beautiful Buddhist statues.

Indulge in Savory Treats: Don't Forget the Tako Yaki!

While exploring Nara, don't miss the chance to try Tako Yaki, delicious bite-sized balls of octopus fritters. Vendors throughout the city offer these savory treats, perfect for a quick snack between sightseeing adventures.

Nara offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and quirky charm. So, come explore its ancient temples, encounter the friendly deer, and create memories that will last a lifetime!


I confess. I laughed when Shirley got bitten by a deer. Monkeys, yes, but deer? They are so friendly. The deer on Miyajima were moved from Nara, so I hear.

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You can’t help but laugh. Perhaps I will publish a post on Shirley getting bit around the world. 😍

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