Stunning Nara, Japan A quick peek

As always in the Japan a quick train ride brings you to your next destination- Nara Park and it temples. The park is one of the "Places of Scenic Beauty" designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Sika Deer

With ovrer 1,200 wild sika deer freely roaming around in the park. According to local folklore, the deer from this area were considered sacred due to a visit from Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto, one of the four gods of Kasuga Shrine. After World War II, the deer were officially stripped of their sacred/divine status, and were instead designated as national treasures and are protected as such. Today, visitors can purchase "deer-crackers" to feed the deer in the park.

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"Tōdai-ji”

Within the park is "Tōdai-ji” which is a Buddhist temple complex, part of one of the powerful Seven Great Temples. Its Great Buddha Hall, houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha

The Great Buddha Hall has been rebuilt twice after fire. The current building was finished in 1709, and although immense—57 metres (187 ft) long and 50 metres (160 ft) wide—it is actually 30% smaller than its predecessor.

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