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Nara

Kyoto has a good location that makes it possible to see the many other cities around it by short train trips. Nara was on the first place on my to-see list. This city was the capital of Japan between 710-784 and celebrated its 1300th birthday on 2010. This information made me expect to see a hilarious city with a rich culture and beautiful nature. I was not disappointed at all!

Nara Park is one of the most important places to see in Nara. It is near a 5 kilometer square and has 1200 deer spread all over the park, walking around people. There are signs in the park saying that people should be careful with the deer since they may be dangerous sometimes. Despite the warning, there were small shops that sold deer crackers to feed the deer with. We bought a pack and Baris found himself surrounded by a group of lovely deer. Baris was feeding them one by one, but an impatient one among them bit Baris’s t-shirt. He continued the trip with small holes and chewed crackers on his shirt!

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The park continued along the city, leading to forests and temples. We were led to the Tōdai-ji temple which has a bronze Great Buddha (14.98 meters, 500 tons) like the one we saw in Kamakura.

If you want to reach Nirvana, you need to pass through the hole in this temple, which had an extremely long queue of Japanese students.

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Nara is definitely one of the places you should see in Japan. It would be nice to check the weather conditions to avoid the warmth or rain because the park and the temples require a lot of walking in the outdoors.

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