Nara Deer Park

Nara Park is a World Cultural Heritage Site and a short 45 minute train ride from Kyoto. It's one of the oldest parks in Japan and is known for it's wild wandering deer that roam free on the 1,240 acres. The deer are considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, and therefore they are protected and flourish inside the park. You can purchase deer crackers to feed them. Some are sweet and timid, and some are insanely aggressive! Beware, a few head bunted me, and I've read that some tourists have been injured. Aside from the plethora of deer, there are also many temples in the park. Todai-ji temple is a beautiful wooden structure, and the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha sits inside. The scale is tough to describe in words, it's enormous! If you're in Kyoto, I recommend visiting this park as a day trip.

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  50 ft tall statue of Buddha.

 50 ft tall statue of Buddha.