The Nara Deer Park in Kyoto
We decided to take a little “field” trip during one of our days at Hoshinoya. We took the boat down river to the deer park. One of the most interesting things we passed was the Bamboo Forest. You can take tours and see some of the animals that live there…..we were content to cruise by on this particular day.
ABOUT THE PARK…..
The park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure. Nara’s deer are surprisingly tame, although they can be aggressive if they think you will feed them. Deer crackers are for sale around the park, and some deer have learned to bow to visitors to ask to be fed.
We decided to take one of the rickshaws and tour the grounds. We hired an outgoing guy named “Danger Boy”. Talk about cardio!!!! He pulled and pushed us around for 2 hours without dropping. Just an excited when he finished as when we began our journey:) Be sure to look for someone as excited about the park as you are….it made a big difference.
We visited in April and got the last week or so of the blossoms.
This is another MUST trip if you visit Japan. We’ve been back a couple of times and really enjoy the culture and the super-friendly people. There is a certain “grace” about the manner in which they live. Quiet – tasteful – elegant. You are made to feel as though you are the ONLY tourist there……
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Safe Travels, Happy Life,