Autumn Story In Japan 2013 – Nara Park – Kofukuji and so much Deers!

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Once we arrive, we first go to the tourist information area to get a map and the uncle serving us is so friendly to tell us how can we stroll around the park in the right direction. šŸ™‚

Nara Park (Nara Koen) is a large park in central Nara. Established in 1880, it is the location of many of Nara’s main attractions including Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji and the Nara National Museum.

The park is also home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s nearly 1200 deers have become a symbol of the city and have been designated a natural treasure.

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The Eastern Golden Hall and 5-Story Pagoda. Kofukuji used to be the family temple of the Fujiwara, the most powerful family clan during much of the Nara and Heian Periods. The temple was established in Nara at the same time as the capital in 710. At the height of Fujiwara power, the temple consisted of over 150 buildings.

Today a couple of buildings of great historic value remain, including a five story pagoda and a three story pagoda. At 50 meters, the five story pagoda is Japan’s second tallest, just seven meters shorter than the five story pagoda at Kyoto’s Toji Temple.

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This is the Southern Octagonal Hall of Kofukuji.

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Writing all my wishes on an ema and hanging it at the Southern Octagonal Hall. I really love the idea of ema and almost never miss the chance of writing on one whenever I visit Japan. šŸ˜€

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Aren’t these deers cute!!! Hui Ping is so afraid of them and that explains why every photos of me with deer are taken from afar. Hur!

Even though these deers are surprisingly tame and they do look cute and innocent, they can be aggressive if they think you will feed them. So we did not dare to feed any in case they come chasing after us! šŸ˜›

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I am obviously happy to meet the deers!

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Cute deers pole!

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We spot this super cute giraffe theme van at the park! Hehe.

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Next is Kasuga Taisha but it’s a duper long walk to it! And a lot of walking on stones ground.

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Pretty autumn scenery along the way to Kasuga Taisha! šŸ™‚

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