Japan’s first permanent capital, Nara (奈良) was established in the year 710 at Heijo. The capital was later relocated in 784 due the growing power of Buddhist monasteries.

Nara is a must visit place with it’s heritage temples full of Japan’s historic culture. Thousand of deers wander in the park in Nara, believe it or not, Japanese treat them as God’s incarnation. This location is about an hour from Kyoto and Osaka. We enjoyed walking around Nara, checking out their historic buildings, learn their history.

Kofuku-ji Temple
Our first stop, Kofuku-ji Temple. We can see one or two deers roaming around the temples, maybe they are lost.
Our first stop, Kofuku-ji Temple. We can see few deers roaming around the temples, maybe they are lost. In the picture, my sisters.
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Nara Park
Nara Park. Meet the deers in the park. They only follow the one who has food in their hand. Don't worry, they are tamed. :)
Nara Park. We walked a little further up from Kofuku-ji. Meet the deers in the park! They follow the one who has food in their hand. Don’t worry, they are tamed. 🙂
Nara Park. Me feeding one of the deer.
Nara Park. Me feeding one of the deer.
Nara Park. Mom and sis petting deer
Nara Park. Mom and sis petting deer
Nara Park. The deers have attraction to my sis, they keep coming to her though she has no more food!
Nara Park. The deers are attracted to my sis, they keep coming to her though she has no more food!
Todaiji Temple
Todaiji Temple. The large wooden scale of temple amaze thousand visitors everyday. Though it is huge, but it is 30% smaller than its predecessor. Entrance fee is 800yen. The visit is a must!
Todaiji Temple. The building was rebuilt twice after fire. The large wooden scale of temple amaze thousand visitors everyday. Though it is huge, but it is still 30% smaller than its predecessor. Entrance fee is 800 yen. The visit is a must!
Sisters post before entering temple.
Sisters post before entering temple.
Entrance of Todaiji Temple. The massive temple, I feel so tiny!
Entrance of Todaiji Temple. The massive temple, I feel so tiny!
Nigatsudo Hall
Nigatsudo Hall. A sub-complex of Todaiji temple, was along the slope of the hill. The view of the sunset is to be said beautiful.
Nigatsudo Hall. A sub-complex of Todaiji temple, was along the slope of the hill. There has been speculation that the view of the sunset is beautiful.
Nigatsudo Hall sunset. They don't lie, do they? :)
Nigatsudo Hall sunset. It’s truly beauteous, isn’t it? 🙂
Nigatsudo Hall
Nigatsudo Hall
Nigatsudo Hall. You can make a prayer here too.
Nigatsudo Hall. You can make a prayer here too. In the picture: Mom’s hitting the bell after her prayer.
Nigatsudo Hall. Xian, enjoying the sunset.
Nigatsudo Hall. Sis, enjoying the sunset.
Found this big bell behind Todaiji.
Found this big bell behind Todaiji.

Saying goodbye to Nara.
Saying goodbye to Nara.

I never thought Nara would enlighten me with it’s historic charm. We found peace in gaiety, relishing our walk across this city. Our heart dropped a little when sky turns dark, it’s time to leave. Japan has never fail me with it’s fascinating and multifaceted culture. This is why I keep coming to Japan again and again…

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