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    Nara Park's most famous residents are its deer, protected since the eighth century, when they were considered messengers from the gods. Despite being wild the deer are quite tame and loiter around the park's various tourist attractions, hoping for a free snack of the deer biscuits sold here.

    Have your camera ready to record the incredible sight of a wailing Japanese child beating a hasty retreat to its parents after being chased by a group of hungry deer in a feeding frenzy.
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      • Nandaimon Gate of Tōdaiji
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        Nandaimon Gate of Tōdaiji 406-1 Zōshichō, Nara-shi, Nara-ken 630-8211, Japan
      • Nigatsu-do

        Nigatsu-do (Second Month Hall), one of Todaiji's most famous sub-temples, whose front portion rests on a vast network of wooden beams. The covered northern staircase and the broad stone southern staircase both lead up to the main walkway encircling the temple, which has massive lanterns and a strange assortment of artwork donated by supporting companies.

        Nigatsu-do hosts a spectacular fire purification festival in the second month of the lunar calendar (hence its name): the O-mizu Torii, or Water-Drawing Festival.

        Every night for two weeks, temple priests brandish long poles each with a flaming cedar ball at the end. They run along the front of the verandah, deliberately showering the large crowd below with burning embers that are believed to bring good luck for the coming year, burning away transgressions from the previous one. In long-exposure photographs, the entire temple appears to be on fire.

        Nigatsu-do Japan, 〒630-8211 奈良県奈良市Zōshichō, 雑司町406-1 二月堂
      • Tōdai-ji

        Found on the west side of Nara Park is Todaiji, which—like many elaborate temple complexes—comprises many remarkable structures and artifacts.

        Here you will find the majestic Nandaimon. standing over 19 m (63 ft) high and dating from 1199. Built in a classical Indian architectural style, this huge structure is only two-thirds the size of the original destroyed by a typhoon in 962.

        The gate houses the two Benevolent Kings, guardian deities created in the twelfth century by master sculptors Unkei and Kaikei to guard the inner temple compound.

        Pass through the gate (it means Great South Gate in Japanese) for your first view of the massive roof of the Daibutsuden straight ahead. This build, constructed around 1709, is only ⅔rds of the first one which was destroyed by fire decades before.

        On the right of the door is Binzuru, a disciple of Prince Gautama (the Buddha's original name before achieving enlightenment). His statue is said to have special healing powers; sections of the statue shine with the polish of thousands—if not millions—of hands rubbing away ailments over the centuries.

        At last you find Dalbutsu or Great Buddha inside a huge hall, in the oft-depicted posture of deep contemplation on a giant platform within a loop of massive lotus leaves.

        At almost 15 metre, or just under 50 foot tall, the enormous bronze statue is somewhat shorter than the first one which constructed and covered in gold leaf, in the year 752. As with all Buddha images the positions of the hands are highly significant.

        The Great Buddha's right hand is bestowing spiritual tranquility, while the left symbolizes the granting of wishes. Seated on one side is the Nyorin Kannon, in whose hand is a jewel used to answer prayers and grant wishes; on the other is Kokuzo, who embodies wisdom and happiness.

        Tōdai-ji 406-1 Zōshichō, Nara-shi, Nara-ken 630-8211, Japan
      • Nara National Museum

        This is originally built part of museum. It is connected by a subterranean tunnel to a newer, tile-roofed structure just beyond it.

        This museum of ancient art displays Buddhist statues and sculptural types from around the year 600 through the Middle Ages.

        The permanent collection is housed in the old wing, and its fascinating exhibits showcase the development of Chinese influenced Buddhist art and design.

        The gift shop in the underpass between the two buildings offers an excellent selection of quality souvenirs, reproductions, and posters of Nan culture.

        Nara National Museum Japan, 〒630-8213 Nara-ken, Nara-shi, Noboriōjichō, 奈良市登大路町50
      • Kasuga-taisha

        Along the foot of Mt. Wakakusa is the Kasuga Grand Shrine, established to house the Shinto deities of the powerful Fujiwara family.

        It has been a place of worship for both emperors and aristocrats for centuries. The main approach from the east (from Kofukuji temple) is lined with thousands of stone lanterns set amid lush greenery.

        These are illuminated in dramatic crowd-drawing ceremonies held in early February and mid-August every year. The shrine's renowned Treasure House is one of the newest here, with wooden plaques in the shape of rice paddles reflecting the importance of rice in Shinto—and, by definition, Japanese—culture.

        A rice-planting ceremony is held in mid-March, during which the shrine's sacred rice field is symbolically replanted.

        Kasuga-taisha 160 Kasuganochō, Nara-shi, Nara-ken 630-8212, Japan
      • 48 Noboriojicho
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        48 Noboriojicho, Nara, 630-8213, Japan
      • Kōfukuji Five Storied Pagoda

        Found in the Nara Park and at the edge of the Sarusawa-ike pond is Kofukuji temple. It's impressive 50 metre or 165 foot, pagoda with 5 floors.

        It is Japan's second-largest after the Toji pagoda which is located in Kyoto.

        It is undoubtedly one of Nara's most photographed places. The present structure, which is still very old, as it dates from 1426, replacing some 5 pagodas each one destroyed by fire and then rebuilt.

        In the past Kofukuji has comprised around 175 buildings, most of which have been lost. These include the Kasuga Grand Shrine, with which it has been closely associated for well over a thousand years.  This is found at the foot of Mt. Wakakusa. 

        The surviving artworks of Kofukuji and other artifacts are housed in its newest building, the Museum of National Treasures. This is now a fire-proof building which was constructed in 1958 to honour Kofukuji's  cultural and historic importance.

        Kōfukuji Five Storied Pagoda 48 Noboriōjichō, Nara-shi, Nara-ken 630-8213, Japan
      • Shinyakushi-ji
        The Shin-Yakushi Temple is an edifice of genuine antiquity. Founded by the Empress Komyo, the temple's hall, with an imposing collection of Buddhist statuary from the same era, is the original building, standing, in much the same manner as when it was erected in the 8th century, in a clearing of bush clover.
        Shinyakushi-ji 1352 Takabatakechō, Nara-shi, Nara-ken 630-8301, Japan
      • Nara

        For anyone interested in the history of Japanese art and culture, no visit will be complete bereft of a tour of Nara. Note that as well as it's magnificent cultural treasures; Nara offers the unlikely phenomenon of the world's most aggressive deer.

        Although Kyoto endures as Japan's major historical and cultural centre, Japanese tourists, and you too should equally revere this the Kansai region's other fasinating historical center.

        Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
      • Nishinokyocho
        Found to the South west of modem Nara is an ancient area called Nishi-nokyo (meaning "west of the capital"), where you will find three important temples.

        The sunset reflection of the twin pagodas of Yakushlji in a nearby lake is one of Japan's most striking and visually poetic images. Of the original buildings, only the To-to (East Pagoda) remains, considered by many to be Japan's most beautiful pagoda.

        Although it appears to have six stories, the pagoda is actually a three-story structure, each level having an extra roof for added visual impact. The vermilion Sai-to (West Pagoda) was built in 1980 on the site of the long-destroyed original. Between them is the Kondo (golden, or main, hall), reconstructed in 1975.

        Among its many notable bronze images is the Yakushi triad, comprising three blackened-bronze images: the Yakushi Buddha (dedicated to healing and medicine) seated on a medicine chest between Bodhisattvas of the sun and moon.
        Nishinokyocho, Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8042, Japan

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      Graphic showing average weather in Nara Park in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 2.5 53.4 36.5 21
      Feb 3.1 70.2 37.6 27.6
      Mar 6.4 105.1 43.5 41.4
      Apr 12.1 138 53.8 54.3
      May 17 129.7 62.6 51.1
      Jun 21.3 219.2 70.3 86.3
      Jul 25.9 174.3 78.6 68.6
      Aug 26.7 128.7 80.1 50.7
      Sep 22.7 198.6 72.9 78.2
      Oct 16.3 140.4 61.3 55.3
      Nov 10.5 81 50.9 31.9
      Dec 5.4 55.3 41.7 21.8

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        • Very kind animals. They've been coming to this park for thousands of years and are very well looked after. Best to come in the morning, by the time I got there most had already been feed 150¥ for some deer crackers they'll eat straight from your hand. Be careful though, they can get a bit aggressive if they're hungry and find you have no more treats. Such a nice area to visit, to see temples and enjoy the parklands.
        • Well worth the visit as Nara is a lovely town. Beware of the deer ... the do bite when the get excitable! Buy biscuits from any of the vendors (¥150 per pack). Make sure younger children are fully supervised as the deer although apparently tame are wild. Easy to get to from Kyoto (use the Nara line front Kyoto Central Station). There are plenty of shops selling all sorts of goods and as usual there are plenty of temples and shrines to visit.
        • Lovely park full of deer! Be careful as they do bite! You can get packs of cookies from vendors and feed them also. Its spacious and nice to walk around
        • Nice place with..... yes a lot of deers. I guess that’s the main reason everyone heads there. Cool to see the dears roaming around freely. And people feeding and petting them. Really docile creatures. The beauty of the wild animals and people together in a big park was nice.
        • Beautiful park. The Great Budda is quite a sight. And the deer are incredibly tame and friendly, although may playfully nip at you. Cherry trees in abundance. Easy to reach on the JR West (covered by the JR rail pass) in about half an hour. If you only want to see the main sights and park, you only need half a day. If you want to shop and see more of Nara then allow a whole day.


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