Nara is most famous for the deer that roam freely around the city. Most of them are in Nara Park, but you can also find some walking along the sidewalks and streets. There are people selling "deer food" for you to feed them for fairly cheap, but I don't recommend feeding the deer. When Chelsea and I had food, they were jumping up and nipping at us. We decided to ditch the "deer cookies" and just sit with the calmer ones on the grass. They were so chill without the food, and let us pet them and sit with them for a long time.
If you're a deer, I'm a deer....
There's not really too much to see in Nara besides the deer, so I would recommend just making a day-trip here from either Kyoto or Osaka. Chelsea and I walked over the the Kofuku-ji temple, but it didn't take very long to see and walk back.
Right next to the train station is Higashimiki shopping street. It's short but lively, and filled with "deer" souvenirs.
I thought this family in traditional clothing looked so cute! They were a little outside of the shopping street.
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