According to the legendary history of Kasuga Shrine, a mythological god Takemikazuchi arrived in Nara on a white deer to guard the newly built capital of Heijō-kyō. Since then the deer have been regarded as heavenly animals, protecting the city and the country. Tame deer roam through the town, especially in Nara Park. Snack vendors sell “shika sembei” (deer biscuits) to visitors so they can enjoy feeding the deer. Some of the deer have learned to bow in response to tourists’ bows.
- From Kyoto to Nara by train (50 min)
- From Osaka Kintetsu Namba to Kintetsu Nara Station by Kintetsu Nara trains (35 min)
- JTB Sunrise tours operates daily excursions to Nara from Kyoto and Osaka with English-speaking guide
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