Deer Mafia in Nara

If you think all deer are innocent beautiful creatures like Bambi, a visit in Nara will make you reconsider. I recommend Nara to all my friends. It should be a must-see item on everyone’s bucketlist. Not only do you get to see beautiful shrines and temples amid lush nature, you also get to interact with deer and by interact I mean try to feed one, get surrounded by many, get bitten on your behind and try to get away from them while they follow you begging for more deer-cookies and bowing their heads Japanese style. What a fun day!

Nara is one of my favorite destinations. We went there twice and I wouldn’t mind a third visit. The town is pretty small and it is easy to walk to the park from the station. You can get a city map at the information counter which shows you the best walking route. Most of the attractions are located in the park and surrounded by crowds of tourist and deer. The tourists start to disappear when you get deeper into the park since most come to visit the Todaiji Temple (東大寺, Tōdaiji, “Great Eastern Temple”), the deer on the other hand are everywhere. And I love it!

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White Heron on a Hilltop – Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle (姫路城 Himeji-jō) is a hilltop Japanese castle located in the city of Himeji. It is also known as “White Heron Castle” because of its white exterior. The castle is both a national treasure and a world heritage site. Furthermore, it was never destroyed by war or fire and is one of Japan’s twelve original castles. If these reasons are not enough for you to put Himeji on your Japan Bucketlist, I hope my beautiful photos will convince you. Going to Himeji was a right decision this time. It is stunningly beautiful and I couldn’t get enough of it. I hope to be able to see all the other original castles in the future.

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Feeding Japanese Macaques in Kyoto-Arashiyama

Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto. It is easy to reach from the Kyoto station with the JR Sagano Line (also known as JR Sanin Line), which goes to the Saga-Arashiyama station. If you are visiting Kyoto, you should take a day to go there. There are a lot of must-see places, including the famous Bamboo Forest, Togetsukyo Bridge and Monkey Park Iwatayama (my personal highlight). There are also beautiful temples like Tenryuji Temple or Daikakuji Temple.

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How to visit 7/6 Japanese cities in 5 days

Sounds crazy, right? But if you have very limited time and want to see as much as you can it is possible to visit Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kōbe, Himeji and Hiroshima/Miyajima in just 5 days! While you might need 5 days just for Kyoto alone, if you are visiting for a second time or want to see as much of the region as possible, you might try my crazy itinerary.

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